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Position for an agronomist engineer / post-doc at INRA Toulouse


Agriculture is increasingly relying on groundwater irrigation. It is the case in India where a “groundwater revolution” started three decades ago and led millions of very small farmers, with a large diversity of practices and strategies, to get individual borewells. It induced tremendous impacts on water resources and ecosystems, the well-identified “groundwater crisis”. With climate change, the current groundwater depletion is expected to worsen.

In this context, the previous AICHA project and the present ATCHA project aim at developing reliable and practical methods for assessing the sustainability of agricultural systems under climate change in a network of experimental watersheds in Southern India. To do so, an integrated model linking cropping systems dynamics, groundwater functioning and farmers’ decisions, including farmer adaptation strategies to changes, was developed during the AICHA project. The representation of both the complex biophysical processes at stake in agricultural watersheds and the farmer adaptation strategies to changes is an originality of the AICHA project that allows to adequately account for the spatial and temporal interactions and feedback between these two components. Models developed for ex-ante evaluation of management policies or assessment of the impacts of land-use changes are commonly used to support decision making by stakeholders through participatory approaches. In the present step, the ATCHA project wants to operate a participatory approach to design and evaluate (through simulations using the integrated model) various scenarios of farming systems adaptation to climate change. Through a unique trans-disciplinary approach, involving hydrologists, geochemists, soil scientists, agronomists, geographers, economists and sociologists with a strong participation of Indian scientists and stakeholders, we aim at demonstrating the ability of researchers and stakeholders to share knowledge for building together and assess scenarios of sustainable development of agriculture.


We are looking for a scientist that will work on the design, simulation and evaluation of different water management scenarios. The scientist will have to:

  • familiarize with the various developments conducted within the AICHA and ATCHA projects and more broadly on issues related to agriculture and water in South India;
  • Review the available scenarios (desirable, possible ...) and propose new ones: identify the necessary input variables and the possible modeling choices, and make proposals for representations of the simulation outputs;
  • Analyze the different models available in the project and their integration status in RECORD (in connection with the computer engineer and the RECORD team, i.e. the modeling and simulation platform that will be used to develop and run the integrated model);
  • Make proposals to simulate the scenarios: models to mobilize and how to implement them on the studied watershed (semi-distributed / random draw / etc.)
  • Create links between the different workpackages of the project to obtain the information needed to implement models and to check their consistency;
  • Choose and use methods to facilitate scenarios evaluation by stakeholders and scientists of the project
  • Write reports on the project and paper drafts.


We are looking for a PhD or experienced engineer in agronomy with skills in modeling and scenario design and evaluation; the candidate should have skills in GIS and Favour team work, autonomy

General conditions

  • From June 2018 pour two years (or 1 year with one reconduction)
  • Based at Toulouse with travels to India
  • Salary depending on experience but should be from €2300 to €2800


Please send a CV and a letter of interest at Dr Delphine Burger-Leenhardt ( delphine.burger-leenhardt@inra.fr ) and Dr Jacques-Eric Bergez (Jacques-eric.bergez@inra.fr)