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Project manager Life Cycle Assessment of diets, French National Institute for Agricultural Research

28 Oct 2013 1:34 AM | Anonymous

Project manager Life Cycle Assessment of diets

French National Institute for Agricultural Research 

Deadline for applications is October 20

Duration: 21 months

INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, aims to improve the environmental, societal and economic performances of agriculture, and to favour healthy and sustainable food systems. The INRA research group Soil, Agro and hydroSystem (SAS) at Rennes, is dedicated to the assessment of the environmental impacts of agricultural and food production systems. 

The AGRALID project focuses on developing a tool to help define the best dietary strategies to favour human health and to reduce the environmental impacts of food production. Starting with weekly menus, representative of the eating habits of the French population, the project will establish a database on the nutritional, environmental and socio-economic impacts of the food items that constitute those menus. It will then develop a range of improvement scenarios, i.e. weekly menus representing a better nutritional and environmental profile. 

The project manager will create an LCI database of food items, and use it to assess the environmental impacts of contrasting weekly menus. She or he will collect data on agricultural and food production processes, contribute to making methodological choices, implement calculations, analyse results and document them according to current international standards. The project manager will write a methodological report as well as a scientific paper presenting the LCA results.

We are looking for a well-organised, rigorous, flexible and performance-oriented colleague having a Masters or Engineering degree or a PhD. Comprehensive knowledge in environmental science and/or agri-food science is required, as well as good IT skills (Excel, Simapro, ecoinvent), and experience in LCA of agri-food systems. Good verbal and written communication skills in French and English are essential.
We offer a position (duration 21 months) in a dynamic and stimulating working environment in one of France's leading LCA groups, and a subject which lies at the centre of scientific debate and social concerns.   
Candidates can send their CV and cover letter (in French) to Hayo van der Werf (, who will be glad to supply additional information (tel. +33 223 48 57 09)

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