Join the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement and use your skills to serve sustainable development.

  • 2186

    employees work at IRD

  • 902


  • 26%

    of employees are assigned outside mainland France




employees work at IRD


of employees are assigned outside mainland France

IRD gives you the opportunity to take control of your career and act for sustainable development, in over 100 different professions.

Being a researcher at IRD means contributing to scientific excellence. It also means promoting research, and training the researchers of tomorrow. In an international and multidisciplinary context, these diversified missions give meaning to your career. Want to take part in committed research and tackle the challenges that the world and its populations are facing? Join us at IRD.


My dual course in physical oceanography and in social and historical anthropology has given me an interest in exploring issues that combine environmental and human dynamics: these issues are fundamental to IRD's activities. In response to the challenges the world faces today, IRD supports the countries of the Global South, empowering them to design and implement strategies and even solutions. - Laurence Fleury

Working in research at IRD means carrying out innovative projects, developing new techniques and transferring knowledge. Participating in these support missions means joining a rich, multicultural community of 7,000 people with multiple talents, spread across mainland France, the French Overseas Territories and the countries of the Global South. The strength of this collective is the collaborative work between scientists and professionals in international relations, human resources, law and finance in an effort to advance research and innovation. Seeking to develop your talents? Check out our job offers.

As an administrative and financial manager in a research unit, working at IRD means fostering scientific excellence within multicultural and multidisciplinary teams. It gives meaning to my career. – Franck Marie-Sainte

Whether you're a young graduate or an experienced professional, here are 4 good reasons to join us.

A process of personal development

IRD performs a wide variety of operations throughout France, the French Overseas Territories and across the world. You can join our research teams and engage in research for a sustainable future; or you can join one of our scientific support teams and take care of the proper functioning of our different centres, representations and units. We give you the means to enhance your skill set, helping you build your career path according to your aspirations, over the long term.


Collaborative work methods

We believe in the power of cooperation. Collaborative work drives commitment and creativity, to the benefit of each employee and the Institute. New technologies allow us to experiment with alternative ways of working, such as remote collaborative work, experimenting with telework or widespread use of the corporate social network.


Become a key player in sustainable development research

The French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), an internationally recognised multidisciplinary organisation, is a French public research establishment operating under the joint authority of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.


Commit to a sustainable future

Scientific progress is necessary to further sustainable and human development: IRD carries this conviction with it wherever it is present, and wherever it works with its partners. IRD is a key French player on the international development agenda. Its work is founded on an original model: equitable scientific partnership with developing countries, primarily those in the intertropical regions and the Mediterranean area.

For IRD, this is the only model capable of generating solutions that measure up to the challenges we are currently facing – pandemics, climate change, humanitarian and political crises, etc. – because the issues of sustainable development are, indeed, challenges that affect the planet as a whole.


Can you help us tackle these challenges?