Center for Integrative Biology in Toulouse (CBI Toulouse)

New Group leaders in Microbiology and Infection Biology

CBI and IPBS-Toulouse (France)

Toulouse, France

The Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology (IPBS) and the Centre for Integrative Biology (CBI) in Toulouse launch a joint call for the recruitment of new group leaders.

IPBS and CBI are leading research institutes of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Toulouse, respectively founded in 1996 and 2016. They are located in Toulouse, southwest France, on the main Campus of the Université Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier, offering multidisciplinary education in the fields of Science, Health, Engineering and Technology, and developing one of the most important scientific research clusters in France.

Both institutes conduct internationally recognized research in microbiology and infection biology. The CBI addresses fundamental questions on complex biological systems using a wide variety of models from bacteria to animal populations. It conducts world-leading research on the biology of microbes, including bacteria, archaea, unicellular eukaryotes and their viruses, through integrative analysis of key and fundamental aspects of these microorganisms : genome maintenance, plasticity and evolution, gene regulatory networks RNA and protein trafficking and quality control and organelle biogenesis. The IPBS focuses on the discovery, characterization and validation of novel important pathways and pharmacological targets in the fields of infectious diseases, through the use of molecular and cellular biology approaches, together with in vivo functional exploration. It conducts state-of-the-art research in microbiology and immunology, cancerology, structural biology, proteomics and biophysics.

The two institutes bring together more than 650 scientists and supporting staffs, including more than 100 national and international postdoctoral fellows and PhD students, in 57 research groups. They offer an outstanding scientific and stimulating research environment and several cutting-edge core facilities with highly qualified staff. These include mass spectrometry and proteomics, macromolecular crystallography, electron microscopy with cryoEM, liquid- and solid-state NMR, biophysical characterization of proteins and complexes, virtual screening, single particle tracking and tethered particle motion analysis, whole body, tissue and cellular imaging, flow cytometry and cell sorting in standard or BSL3 laboratories and animal facilities (housing bees, Drosophila, zebrafish, Xenopus and mice), together with a computer cluster for large data analysis and simulation.

In order to reinforce their research endeavors in an inspiring, collaborative and cutting-edge environment, the IPBS and the CBI are seeking new talented group leaders addressing fundamental questions, with priority on:

• Infection biology: Biology of bacterial pathogens, with a particular focus on respiratory pathogens, addressing the mechanisms underlying pathogens’ virulence and host-pathogen interactions, pathogens’ persistence, drug resistance or tolerance within the host.
• Quantitative and computational biology of microbes: Applied to all aspects of bacteria, archaea, unicellular eukaryotes and their virus’s biology
• Integrative structural biology of microbes: Applications based on structure determination by cryo-EM and cryo-electron tomography are encouraged.

Successful candidates will be provided with office and lab space for 5-10 people, staff support, a financial starting package and free access to technological facilities of both institutes.

Outstanding candidates, of any nationality at early-career stage, are expected to develop competitive, independent research and meet the required criteria for successful application to national and international funding, including ATIP-Avenir, FRM, ANR “Jeunes Chercheurs-euses”, ERC-StG or CoG, or equivalent installation grant, and to a position at CNRS. Senior researchers holding a CNRS or University position are also welcome to apply.

Applications (about 10 pages, in English) should be sent before May 12, 2020 as a single file named LASTNAME_MIC 2020.pdf to and should include (i) a cover letter, (ii) a CV, (iii) three reference letters (which can also be sent directly by referees) and (iv) a summary of achievements and future research interests.

Tentative calendar
Mid-June: Preselection of candidates
Mid-July: Interview of preselected candidates by the selection committee and presentation of planned research projects –
End-July: Outcome of the selection process.

Apply with CV and Cover Letter

Must be a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file and no larger than 1MBMust be a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file and no larger than 1MB

New Group leaders in Microbiology and Infection Biology