Pasteur Institute

The Hearing Institute welcomes applications for the position of Director

Institut Pasteur

Paris, France

The Search Committee of the Hearing Institute, a Center of Institut Pasteur, invites expressions of interest from potential candidates for the position of Director.

The Hearing Institute

The Hearing Institute, an auditory neuroscience research institute, aims to advance our knowledge of auditory signal processing from the sensory organ to the brain, auditory perception and cognition, multisensory and sensorimotor integration, in healthy and pathological conditions. It will achieve this ambition by bringing together teams of scientists from diverse fields, ranging from physics, acoustics, auditory neuroscience and cognition, molecular and cellular biology, genetics, to bioinformatics, modeling and computational neuroscience, all highly committed to interdisciplinary research. The Hearing Institute houses core facilities and its own animal facility. It is associated with a dedicated center for research and innovation in human audiology, and will aim to develop innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to hearing and balance disorders.

Sponsored by Institut Pasteur and Fondation pour l’Audition (created in 2016 by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation), the Hearing Institute is a joint research unit involving Institut Pasteur and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm).

The Hearing Institute has opened in September 2019 with Pr. Christine Petit acting as director until June 2021. The new director is thus expected to start his/her mandate in July 2021. The Institute will house ~120 scientists and supporting staff with various administrative positions (Institut Pasteur, CNRS, Inserm, …). Together with the nearby Institut de la Vision (Inserm/CNRS/Sorbonne Université) it will form a campus at the cutting edge in basic sensory neuroscience and related innovations towards patients.

Job description of the Director of the Hearing Institute

The newly appointed Director will be in charge of:
• General management of the Institute
• Scientific direction of the Institute
• Recruitment of new teams
• Development of neuroscience research
• Development of translational research
• Innovation and technology transfer policy
• Partnership with professionals of the auditory health field (hospitals and other structures)

Candidate’s experiences and capacities/fulfillments:
• Proven track record of outstanding research and world class reputation as a researcher in the field
• Extensive international experience
• Extensive leadership, team building and management skills as head of an academic research department or similar position
• Successful recruitment of junior and senior faculty
• Excellent track record in research funding through national and international research grants
• Ability to define and execute a strategic vision for the institute
• Excellent communication skills in English (French not mandatory)
• A reputation for the highest standards of integrity and ethical leadership

The newly appointed Director is expected to lead a research team within the new Institute. The newly appointed Director will report to the President of Institut Pasteur and to the Inserm’s CEO.

The recruitment process

The Search Committee welcomes letters of interest and detailed CV of outstanding applicants, irrespective of nationality or experience working in France. Please send all letters and other inquiries by e-mail to All submissions will be kept strictly confidential.

*The institutions involved are equal opportunity employers and welcome applications from qualified women and men.


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The Hearing Institute welcomes applications for the position of Director