Funded PhD position: low-field NMR in agroecology

Forest and grasslands are the 2 main ecosystems limiting global warming thanks to their capacities to store carbon. Sap flow is one of the key process to mitigate climate. It first allows the photosynthesis and, then the transport of the sugars to the carbon sink. A better understanding of these flow and their variations in response of a climatic stress is of high importance to make sure that these ecosystems can continue to play their role.

In this context, we propose to perform NMR measurements directly on the plants in their natural environment by using a transportable low-field NMR instrument.

The work will take place in the NMR/MRI team AgroResonance from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) located near Clermont-Ferrand in the centre of France. The PhD candidate will benefit from a unique research environment. The PhD candidate will interact on a daily basis with MR-experts and will also find support from scientists specialists of these ecosystems.

Clermont-Ferrand is a dynamic student (more than 35 000) and research (more than 6 000 researchers) city. Clermont-Ferrand has been the first French city to obtain the « learning city » label from the UNESCO. The city is surrounded by aligned volcanoes which have recently been added to the world heritage list. The INRA centre is located inside this world heritage site.

We are looking for a candidate having good knowledge on theoritical NMR. A practical experience of the NMR would be an advantage. The starting date is flexible. Interested candidate should email their CV, motivation and recommendation letters to :

Dr Jean-Marie Bonny

Dr Guilhem Pagès

Dr Amidou Traoré



Guilhem Pagès
Ingénieur de Recherche

Plateforme AgroResonance

UR 370 Qualité des Produits Animaux (QuaPA)

INRA-Centre Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Tél : +33 (0)4 73 62 41 75

Theix63122 Saint-Genès-Champanelle France