French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Structural Biology - Openings for junior group leaders in the Loire Valley, Orléans-France

The Centre for Molecular Biophysics

Orléans, France

The Centre for Molecular Biophysics (CBM) of CNRS is seeking outstanding candidates at the junior group leader level to establish world-class research programs in structural biology.

CBM (~150 scientists and supporting staff) is an interdisciplinary research center with a strong component in structural biology. Current teams use liquid NMR, X-ray crystallography, SAXS, MD simulations, high-resolution mass spectrometry, etc. to study the structure, dynamics, and interactions of biomacromolecules. Tight interactions with CBM chemists and biologists foster the in-depth exploration of biological functions and dysfunctions and the development of new diagnostics and therapeutics. Current topics are diverse, ranging from nucleic acids biology to signal transduction mechanisms or development of bioactive peptides.

A broad range of large instrumentation is a significant characteristic of CBM. State of the art equipment in structural biology (600 and 700 MHz NMR spectrometers with cryoprobe, X-ray generator, crystallization screening robot, etc.), mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, MRI, molecular and cellular biology, etc., all within the same laboratory makes CBM a unique place to address fundamental biological questions from an interdisciplinary point of view. Nearby national facilities such as synchrotron SOLEIL or very high field NMR instruments are also easily accessible.

CBM is located on the CNRS Campus in Orleans, at the heart of the Loire valley, an area offering a superb quality of life. CBM teams benefit from a rich and diverse scientific environment from the CNRS campus, University of Orléans and local hospital and from its proximity (~1h drive) to research centers in Tours and Paris. CBM offers excellent working conditions in 6300 m2 of recently constructed or renovated lab and office space.

The offer includes laboratory and office space, access to onsite core facilities and equipment, and priority applications for PhD fellowships and other sources of local funding.

Candidates should have obtained their PhD after 2010 and meet the criteria required to apply for a junior permanent position (Chargé de recherché) at CNRS. They should manifest clear potential to secure national and international external funding. Several competitive funding schemes are open to outstanding junior scientists and may provide temporary alternatives to permanent positions.

Applications should include a full CV and contact details of three referees, a short description of achievements and records of previous and ongoing funding (when applicable), as well as the proposed research program. Applications should be sent to cbmjobs@cnrs-orleans.fr before 15th of June 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in July 2019 for interviews and to visit CBM.

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Structural Biology - Openings for junior group leaders in the Loire Valley, Orléans-France