Post-Doc Root Hydraulic Modelling
Date of publication : 11 avril 2019
Type of Contract : CDD CR
Contract Period : 24 months
Expected date of employment : september – october 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2 600€ and 3 700€ bruts by month depending on experience
Desired level of education : Doctorat
Experience required : Indifferent


The project will focus on maize roots under water stress with the ultimate goal of optimizing water uptake. The candidate will contribute to a mathematical model of maize root hydraulic architecture, to predict the water uptake behavior of contrasting genotypes in typical drought or irrigation scenarios. The work will be performed in cooperation with a PhD student who will carry out most of biological experiments. The candidate will also interact with and get support from local colleagues in applied mathematics (C. Pradal, M2P2 team, AGAP, CIRAD, and Zenith, Inria, Montpellier).
The main objective will be to implement in maize a recently developed Pythonencoded model that integrates elementary hydraulic components within whole root system architecture. The latter is represented as a multi-scale tree graph. The model will integrate the time- and dose-dependent effects of water deficit on root system architecture and hydraulics.
It will be used for exploring the independent or interacting effects of hydraulic architecture and water stress signalling on overall or localized water uptake. The position is open for at least two years to citizens from all nationalities.


We are seeking a highly motivated and independent scientist with records in computer science or applied mathematics. Previous experience or a strong interest in plant biology will be appreciated, as well as good inter-personal skills.

Work Context

A position is open to work in the frame of an ERC advanced project named “HyArchi: Targeting Root Hydraulic Architecture to Improve Crops under Drought “. Research will be carried out in the group of Dr Christophe Maurel in the Biochemistry and Plant Molecular Physiology department (INRA/CNRS/SupAgro/UM, Montpellier, France) ( The receiving group has been working on Functional Structural Plant Models for several years, in cooperation with the Virtual Plant team (Inria, CIRAD, Montpellier). It has also been developing a Root Phenotyping Platform for in vitro grown plants (

Additional Information

Applications including a CV, a description of previous research experience and names and addresses of three referees should be sent by Email to Christophe Maurel ( preferentially before July 1st, 2019

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