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PhD at Irstea – the 2017 campaign

In practice

  • Submission of application on the registration portal PASI : 3 february to 19 may 2017
  • Successfull applications will be selected by the Intake Commitee, chaired by the Deputee Director General for Research and Innovation, in june 2017
  • The display: 17 july 2017
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions in july 2017
  • Contracts starts, at the latest, on 1rst december 2017
  • PhD students have fixed-term contract with Irstea giving them standard social protection. The contract term is three years
  • Monthly salary (January 2017): 1 863,22 € gross (1 498,02 net)

Applicant must have a Master degree or equivalent when the contract is signed

The PhD contracts offered by Irstea may be co-financed by a partner outside of Irstea (industrial partner, professional organisation, research organisation, etc.The research topics for wich Irstea will provide PhD are as follows:

  • Technological innovations for sustainable agriculture and the environment (INSPIRE)
  • Structures, Processes, Flow, Energy (SPEE)
  • Technology and procedures for water and waste (TED)
  • Models, information systems and viable management of the environment (MOTIVE)
  • Quality of aquatic systems and ecological regeneration (QUASARE)
  • Biological and ecological responses to contamination of the aquatic environment : ecotoxicology and bioindication (BELCA)
  • Hazards linked to the water cycle (ARCEAU)
  • Risks associated with fast-moving gravitational phenomena, safety of hydraulic structures and vulnerability (RIVAGE)
  • Management of water, its uses, services and their infrastructures (GEUSI)
  • Information and display systems for integrated management of the environment (SYNERGIE)
  • Land-based ecological systems: dynamics, vulnerability and engineering (SEDYVIN)
  • Spatial Development and Multifunctional Agriculture (DTAM)

The main subjects to be funded by irstea are as follows:




Centrers/Research units/Research fields

Data Assimilation applied to a distributed hydrological model: regional calibration and assimilation of observed discharges into the AIGA method

Supervisors : Patrick Arnaud / Pierre-Olivier Malaterre

Aix-en-Provence /RECOVER/ Arceau

1D+ Modelling (ISM) of a complex hydraulic network. Application to the operational forecasting of high flow events and floods related to the sizing of civil 

Supervisors : Sébastien Proust / Jean-Baptiste Faure

Lyon-Villeurbanne/HHLY/ Arceau

Towards an estimation of glacier melt contribution to river discharge over the Rhone catchment

Supervisor : Isabelle Gouttevin

Lyon-Villeurbanne /HHLY/Arceau

Origin of sediment and associated contaminants on the Rhône River: deposition history and reactivity of particulate contaminants

Supervisors : Aymeric Dabrin / Marina Coquery

Lyon-Villeurbanne / MALY /Belca

Effects of toxic exposure on retinoid metabolism and morphogenesis in three arthropods.

Supervisor : Héléne Arambourou

Lyon -Villeurbanne/ MALY /Belca

Study of atmospherical dispersion mechanism of contaminants: Case of treated wastewater reuse in sprinkler irrigation

Supervisors : Severine Tomas / Bruno Molle


Hydromorphological and ecological restoration of rivers and public debate. Controversies on the (re)creation of the Durance and Gardons rivers

Supervisor : Christelle Gramaglia


Comparative ecology of young stages of shads Alosa alosa & Alosa fallax: preferendum, sensitivity to environmental pressures and population restoration

Supervisor : Marie-Laure Acolas


Interactions between climatic regimes and hydromorphology: better assess the potential effects of global change on macroinvertebrates communities

Supervisor : Jérémy Piffady/Yves Souchon

Lyon-Villeurbanne /MALY/ Quasare

Multiscale modeling of unsaturated cohesive soils - Application to the failure of hydraulic structures

Supervisor : Guillaume Veylon

Aix-en-Provence/RECOVER /Rivage

Backward trajectories of avalanche risk resulting from climatic and socio-environmental changes on selected hot spots of the French Alps

Supervisor : Nicolas Eckert


Optical sensors for the characterization of a spray deposition

Supervisor : Ryad Bendoula

Montpellier / ITAP / Inspire

Plant invasions: modeling the early intervention strategies and control over the long term and evaluate their effectiveness depending on the level of 

Supervisors : Sophie Martin / Fanny Dommanget


Knowledge base  engineering method based on reference ontology mappings

Supervisor : Catherine Roussey


Water status in plant tissues measured by MRI

Supervisor : Maja Musse


Kinetic and thermodynamic study of gas hydrates in porous media: application to sedimentary hydrates and energy storage processes

Supervisors : Pascal Clain / Anthony Delahaye


Effect of major operating parameters of farm anaerobic digestion process on Clostridium and their antibiotic resistance genes: implications on the spread of 

Supervisor : Anne-Marie Pourcher


Doing for, making do? On the socioecologial dynamics around Black Locust forests in southwestern France.

Supervisor : Baptiste Hautdidier

Bordeaux /ETBX/DTAM

Educating attention, managing affects. Technologies of implication in participatory sciences.

Supervisor : Isabelle Arpin


Plasticity of fire-related traits of some obligate seeder species in different fire-prone areas.

Supervisor : Anne Ganteaume


Sustainable exploitation of wood resources in a changing environment

Supervisors : Nathalie Korboulewsky / Jean-Philippe Terreaux


Biotic homogenization and patterns of change across gradients of anthropogenic pressures: The use of BIG DATA in answer to conservation needs

Supervisor Sandra Luque


Contribution of physical modeling for biodiversity mapping of tropical forest using Sentinel-2 satellite imagery

Supervisor : Jean-Baptiste Feret