Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRAE)

Health ecology and spatial epidemiology of pathogens and emerging vectors

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRAE)


Work environment, missions and activities

The increase in the number and impact of emerging animal and zoonotic infectious agents is a major challenge linked to global changes. The understanding and prevention of the emergence of contagious diseases in environmental, agricultural and food systems is part of the scientific objectives of INRAE2030. This issue is being pursued through the initiation of the international initiative “PREventing ZOonotic Diseases Emergence” (PREZODE) and the joint coordination of the National Priority Research Programmes and Equipment (PEPR) initiative of the same name.

Furthermore, this issue is one of the primary objectives of the strategic scientific plan 2021-25 of the department of Animal Health and the EPIA unit (Epidemiology of animal and zoonotic diseases) located in Clermont-Ferrand and Marcy l’Etoile near Lyon. In France, Lyon is a major hub for the study of biodiversity and infectious diseases. These themes are developed within the framework of the Laboratory of Excellence (LabEx) ECOFECT and more recently with the creation of the VPH Hub (Veterinary Public Health), thanks to the InfectioTron equipment programme (Equipex) and the place given to One-Health issues in the University of Lyon development project.

The chair will consolidate the development of considerable synergies already in place between INRAE and the site in Lyon, in particular with University Lyon 1 (UCBL) and VetAgro Sup.

Nature and purpose of the research project to be developed and related activities

Managing the emergence of animal and zoonotic infectious agents is one of the challenges linked to the evolution of agro-ecosystems. The determinants of the emergence of these agents are complex and heterogeneous in space and time. The project led by the chair will enable the development of spatio-temporal modelling studies linking epidemiological indicators and explanatory factors that are essential to understanding, anticipating, and managing these health issues.

The person recruited will develop research in ecology of infectious diseases and epidemiology using modelling approaches to explore the effect of new variables of interest and broadly anticipate the expected evolutions. The combination of approaches used will enable the efficacy and sustainability of the management scenarios for limiting emergence to be assessed and ultimately assist stakeholder decision-making.

This project lies at the heart of the themes defended by INRAE at international level within the framework of the initiative “PREventing ZOonotic Diseases Emergence” and in France through its involvement in the French support programme of the same name (PEPR PREZODE). You will be assisted by a post-doc funded through the participation of the French National Research Agency and a doctoral student. This team, focused on the prevention of emergence, will dovetail with and complement the work carried out at the EPIA unit, in particular within the framework of the Veterinary Public Health industrial chair funded by the University of Lyon centred on the control of infectious diseases.

Nature and purpose of the teaching project

You will be involved in providing lessons for the Master’s in Public Health, and more particularly the “One-Health: Managing Health of Populations” project under the joint accredidation of UCBL and VetAgro Sup currently being developed and the move towards an international course. Involvement in the “Biodiversity, ecology and evolution” course could also be considered, in particular with regards to the methodological aspects. Within the context of the development of the One-Health concept on the site, you may participate in the development of any training proposals that may emerge.

This investment in the training courses will be a vector for diffusing the results of the chair and will facilitate contact with and training of people who could contribute to the research of the chair and the site.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.