Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon (IGFL)

Research Group Leader in Biology

Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon (IGFL)

Lyon, France

The Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon (IGFL) is a unique scientific environment where teams address basic research questions at the interfaces of evolution, physiology and development, using functional genomics, bioinformatics, genetics and comparative approaches. The main focus is integrative, organism-level research on animals, and the institute houses a diversity of conventional and emerging model organisms. The environment fosters rich intellectual exchanges and collaborations, supported by excellent platforms on campus. The IGFL is part of the vibrant and international research community of the Ecole Normale Supérieure

(ENS) de Lyon encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations with neighboring institutes on campus. The working language is English.

We have an opening for up to two independent group leader positions (junior or established). Talented scientists leading research falling within the scientific scope of the Institute are encouraged to apply. We are seeking to increase the number of women team leaders and will particularly welcome applications from women scientists.

The institute will provide a financial package to establish the team (‘seed money’). Teams will also benefit from a fully equipped laboratory for up to 10 people and dedicated office spaces. The IGFL will also support the selected candidates to secure a stable research position in France and research funding. Joining the IGFL as a group leader is conditional on a successful outcome of these applications. Junior candidates should be eligible for start-up programs (ERC Starting Grant, ATIP-Avenir, or equivalent). Candidates who already hold a position in France, both junior and established, are also welcome to apply. 

The institute is housed in a new building on the ENS de Lyon campus in Gerland. Our institute comprises approx. 100 members, including recipients of international and national distinctions. We benefit from in-house or on-campus access to state-of-the-art core services, including high throughput sequencing technologies (including single cell and spatial transcriptomics), advanced microscopy facilities, X-ray microtomography and morphometrics, transgenic animal facilities, bioinformatics, mass spectrometry, proteomics and cell sorting and analysis. See and for details. Access to platforms is highly subsidized for IGFL teams and the institute also applies a policy of zero cost associated with using in-house equipment.

Applications in English should include curriculum vitae, a short description of achievements and records of self-financing, a proposed research program of maximum 5 pages and contact details for 3 professional references.

Applications must be sent as a single PDF saved as LASTNAME_IGFL_2022.pdf to We are happy to provide further information on the interview process and selection criteria – enquiries can be forwarded to the same email address. The deadline for applications is December 3, 2021.

Interviews of shortlisted candidates and a site visit will be held in Lyon, France, between Feb 7-11th 2022.

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Research Group Leader in Biology