Science Deputy Director (M/W)



Brest, France
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Job Description

Job title : Science Deputy Director (M/W)

Reference: PV-2024-002

Department/Office : Direction Scientifique

Duty station: Brest, Bretagne, FR , France

Starting date on the job :

Deadline for applications : 27/02/2024

General areas of responsibility

You are directly under the responsibility of the Scientific Director and work in coordination with the other Deputy Scientific Directors. Within the strategic framework of the Institute, your field of activity focuses on:

  • The interface between the Scientific Direction (DS) and the scientific and technological departments, in particular within the framework of Physical Oceanography, Engineering Sciences and data activities and national infrastructures managed by the institute
  • The interface between the SD and the Partnership and Transfer for Innovation Department, in particular the management of certain objectives included in the objectives, means and performance contract (COMP)
  • The interface with the Brittany Center Management, particularly for partnership relationship and site policy (IsBlue...).

Within the Scientific Directorate, you also interact with the assistant, the project managers and thematic referents. Through your mandates, you are required to work with the directors of scientific departments and the various functional departments.

Direct relationships with the Ifremer Center headquarters

As the representative of Ifremer at the regional and local level, the management of the Brittany Center contributes to the definition and supports the deployment in Brittany of the Institute's policy in terms of academic and economic partnerships. In this context, the Ifremer Center manages relationships with all regionally established partners and leads this mission in cooperation with the national executive management, scientific directorate and other departments. As such, you work in collaboration with Brittany Center Management for information sharing and consistency of their respective actions.

Main missions

  • Guarantee, in the positioning and exchanges of the SD externally, consistency with Ifremer's strategy (institute project, strategic plan – contract of objectives, means and performance).
  • Contribute to building partnership links between Ifremer and all research organizations (universities, engineering schools, etc.) at the national and European, or even international, scales in the oceanographic field.
  • Participate directly in the site policy of the Brittany Center, and in particular the development of partnership projects with Universities and Engineering Schools in collaboration with the Brittany Center Management.
  • Contribute to strengthening interactions and cross-functionality between the different research teams, particularly on the Brest platform.

Activités principales

  • Contribution to the construction of Ifremer's scientific and partnership strategy: works around the development and implementation of the COMP, the implementation of the strategic plan and the Ifremer strategy
  • SD representation in various scientific bodies involving Ifremer in regional programs linked to the management of the Brittany Center, national, European and international
  • Management or co-management of actions and projects monitored by the Scientific Department: e.g., phD committees, postdocs, et and co-animation of working groups driven by the SD (seminars…)
  • Evaluation of scientific projects, thesis and postdocs’ proposals, and HDR (defence committees).
  • Contribution to the recruitment of researchers and engineers (hiring committees).
  • Contribution to the strategy of French research institutes within the framework of committees of partner organizations, participation in foresight.
  • Strengthen research-innovation-support for public policies interactions in the above-mentioned fields

Relational domains

  • Internally:

CEO, Deputy General Director (DGD), Brittany Center Management, Innovation Department (DI), Legal and Financial Affairs Department (DAJF), ​​Communications Department (DCOM), Members of the Scientific Department, Public Policy Support Coordination (APP), Department Directors, Directors of units, UMR Directors, Human Resources Managers (HRR)

  • Externally:

Universities, research institutes, engineering schools, Ministry of Research, European Commission, Universities and international organizations

Required Knowledge, skills, and characteristics

  • Level of training: Doctorate (with HDR for French nationals)
  • Professional experience: Practices in the research environment and research management; Experience in the oceanographic field; International experience

Skills to be implemented on the position

Technical skills/jobs (knowledge, know-how):

  • Knowledge of the Higher Education and Research environment (ESR)
  • Scientific legitimacy (doctorate, HDR for French applications, publications)
  • Legitimacy in terms of scientific management on a European scale
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize scientific documents

Personal qualities (soft skills) :

  • Interest in Ifremer’s scientific policy
  • Taste for collective work and coordination
  • Ability to work in collaboration with scientific, administrative and financial professions
  • Ability to synthesize and understand complex situations
  • Ability to listen and explain
  • Altruism, tolerance, flexibility in working hours
  • Speed, responsiveness
  • Reliability, rigor and tenacity

Specific working conditions

  • Full time
  • Professional travel in mainland France, overseas and abroad
  • Videoconferences

All our applications are processed via our intranet site. For more information, send your email to

The Institute and the recruiting departement

A pioneer in ocean science, IFREMER’s cutting-edge research is grounded in sustainable development and open science. Our vision is to advance science, expertise and innovation to:

  • Protect and restore the ocean
  • Sustainably use marine resources to benefit society
  • Create and share ocean data, information & knowledge.

With more than 1,500 personnel spread along the French coastline in more than 20 sites, the Institute explores the 3 great oceans: the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A leader in ocean science, IFREMER is managing the French Oceanographic Fleet and its dedicated scientists create ground-breaking technology to push the boundaries of ocean exploration and knowledge, from the abyss to the atmosphere-ocean interface.

Well-established in the international scientific community, our scientists, engineers and technicians are committed to advance knowledge about our planet’s last unexplored frontiers. They provide the science we need for informed decision-making and public policy and they transfer this knowledge and technology to businesses to fulfill public and private needs. Core to our mission is also to strengthen public awareness about the importance of understanding the ocean and its resources, and empowering future generations of leaders through education and outreach national campaigns.

Founded in 1984, IFREMER is a French public organization and its budget approximates 240 million euros. It is operating under the joint authority of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the french Ministry of the Sea, the French Ministry for the Ecological and Solidary Transition, and the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

How to apply for this position

Deadline for applications: 27/02/2024

All applications are processed exclusively via our website. Interested candidates can apply by clicking the “Apply” button.