The Institut Pasteur is a non-profit private foundation dedicated to fundamental, interdisciplinary research and to translating scientific knowledge to medicine and public health. Topics of interest include microbiology (bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi) and infectious diseases, cell biology, immunology, developmental biology and stem cells, neuroscience, genomics, genetics and cancer. The Paris campus houses 130 research units belonging to 11 research departments, employing about 2,600 people. It is recognized worldwide as a leader in infectious disease research and is ranked as a top level institution for publication impact in the field of microbiology.
A STRATEGIC PRIORITY
The new direction of the Institut Pasteur has defined Bioinformatics, Biostatistics and Integrative Biology as strategic priorities. A new center (C3BI) to foster research in these domains was set up in 2014. Substantial resources were allocated for the creation and development of the C3BI, with the recruitment of 40 research engineers in bioinformatics and biostatistics between 2014 and 2017. A building will be renovated on the Paris campus to house the C3BI. The aim is to facilitate collaborations in bioinformatics and biostatistics, to support and develop training in these fields, to encourage interactions between all the Institut Pasteur teams, and to stimulate the development of new computational and statistical approaches for biological data analysis and modeling. Currently, the C3BI comprises 8 research units, 2 of which were recently created, and a bioinformatics platform with 30 engineers providing services to the campus.In this context, the Institut Pasteur is looking for several new senior and/or junior* group leaders in bioinformatics, biostatistics and integrative biology, with a strong methodological component. The main focus is on computational and statistical analysis of biological “big data”, typically produced by new generation sequencing and -omics technologies, but all modeling and computational approaches of biological questions closely connected with Institut Pasteur research areas are eligible. Highly attractive packages to match the experience of the candidate will be provided, including institutional salaries (principal investigator, permanent scientists, secretary, postdoctoral fellows), a substantial contribution to running costs and equipment, as well as support for relocation expenses and administrative issues.
Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:• PhD with a minimum of 6 years of research experience• Recognized scientific leadership in bioinformatics/biostatistics• Broad experience in methodological development for the analysis of various types of data• Consistent publishing record of cutting edge research as senior/first author• Significant experience in managing and mentoring scientists, and in designing, financing and executing an innovative research program• Demonstrated ability to collaborate with experimental and computational biologists
APPLICATION DOCUMENTS (DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 20, MIDNIGHT)
- A web form to be filled on application web site, to summarize your application (short CV, motivations, research achievements and program, publication record, …)
- In a single pdf file to be uploaded on application web site: • Detailed CV and full publication list (1.5 spacing)
- Description of past and present research activities (4 pages, 1.5 spacing)
- Proposed research project (6 pages, 1.5 spacing)
- Three scientists from whom letters of recommendation can be sought
- The names of scientists with a potential conflict of interest
Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview in October 2015, and results will be announced by mid-december. The new research groups will start by early 2016 (the precise date is negotiable).
Informal inquiries can be addressed to Olivier Gascuel (Head of C3BI)
* Institut Pasteur is an equal opportunity employer. Junior group leaders should be less than 8 years after PhD at the time of their submission. Women are eligible up to 11 years after their PhD if they have one child, and up to 14 years after their PhD if they have two or more children.