Postdoctoral contracts, governed by public law, offer young researchers the opportunity to carry out research as part of a scientific project selected under this call for projects.

Applicants are encouraged to propose innovative projects focusing on collaborative research with developing countries and overseas territories. This year, projects must fall within one of the following 10 themes:

  • Towards zero net CO2 emissions: new energies, innovation, mitigation, territorial resilience and low-carbon research.
  • Water as a common good: anticipating changes in water resources to enable adaptation.
  • Diversification and ecosystem integration of production systems in West Africa.
  • Global change in marine ecosystems (climate, ocean circulation, biodiversity, pollution, etc.).
  • New uses, new challenges and tools for ocean governance (marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, ecosystem approach to fisheries, etc.).
  • Global health: strategies for improving the health of populations in the South.
  • Financialization of basic goods and services and gender inequalities.
  • Resource extraction, transition and greening: what fair and sustainable trajectories for a mining or post-mining territory?
  • Cities and the challenges of coastal socio-ecosystems.
  • Multi-dimensional inequalities within their socio-political and geographical contexts in the "South".

Why apply to IRD?

  • To contribute to excellent scientific research
  • To give meaning to your research: IRD's ambition is to respond to the major scientific challenges linked to global, environmental, economic, social and cultural changes.
  • To give your research an international dimension through equitable partnerships: postdoctoral fellows recruited will be able, in consultation with the management of their host laboratory and depending on the Institute's financial capabilities, to benefit from long-term assignments (from two to twelve months) or an assignment outside mainland France of at least one year in a developing country or overseas France, to carry out their project.
  • To benefit from the quality of working life offered by the Institute.

Timetable (provisional)

Call for applications: March 20, 2024.
Deadline for applications: April 20, 2024.
Results: early July 2024.
Assumption of post: between September and December 2024.

Eligibility and contract

Postdoctoral contracts are two-year, non-renewable fixed-term public-sector contracts open to people who have held a doctorate for less than three years and who have defended their thesis between September 1, 2021 and September 30, 2024. These contracts are open to researchers of French or foreign nationality.

No previous experience in the South or overseas is required, but the proposal should explain how the project will be implemented with the South or overseas during the postdoctorate.

Application form

Candidates are invited to prepare their project with one of the research and research support units, under IRD's primary or secondary supervision, which are likely to welcome them. 
You can consult the IRD's booklet of contacts for the research and research support units to identify the unit director to contact.

The application must be sent by the candidate to the director of the IRD unit in which the research will be carried out, no later than 20/04/2024 (midnight metropolitan France time) 

Your application, written in English or French, must include :

  • a 10,000-character (not including spaces) research project outlining the issues and objectives of the research project and its implementation in the South or in overseas France,
  • a curriculum vitae of no more than two pages, including a list of the five main publications and/or research products with a scientific or societal impact,
  • The doctoral diploma or a certificate of the date of defense issued by the doctoral school

If you have any questions about this call for proposals, please contact