Director of institute

Director of institute

Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives

SACLAY, France

The Life Sciences Institute Fréderic Joliot (Joliot-Institute) recruit its next director

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas:

  • defence and security,
  • low carbon energies (nuclear and renewable energies),
  • technological research for industry,
  • fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences.

The CEA recruit a director for its Joliot-Institute.

The Joliot-Institute performs interdisciplinary research in integrative biology of the cell, biomedical imaging and diagnostic and therapeutic innovation.

The Joliot-Institute hosts about 720 people (470 staff researchers, engineers and technicians and about 250 PhD students and post-doctoral scientists) half of them are part of Mixed Research Unities, in partnership with other academic research organisms (CNRS, INRA, Inserm) and Paris-Sud University. The Research teams of Joliot-Institute are mainly located in Paris region (Saclay and Orsay).

The multidisciplinary research activities benefit from key technologies in Joliot-Institute’s facilities. The institute possesses high-profile research infrastructures. All of them are part of the National Strategy of Research Infrastructures carried by the ministry of Reseach and innovation (

The future director will serve as Executive Officer with a mandate to coordinate the research activities of Joliot-Institute and to increase the insertion and participation of the Joliot-Institute in Paris-Saclay University. The director handles the coordination of research activities of search for the institute. He carries the scientific animation of the institute and its visibility. He makes sure of the coherence of themes, of new scientific orientations and of the scientific excellence carried by the research units and departments. The Director is in charge of institutionals links with scientifics partners, and of the administrative and financial management of the institute in connection with the management of the basic research division at CEA. She/He will benefit a direction staff of about 20 people for administration, scientific programs and communication, valorization and affairs. She/He should possess a strong scientific culture at the interface between physics, chemistry and biology and health and should have a good knowledge of the societal demands in the field of biology and health. The future director will have to :
• build a strategic vision for the Joliot-Institute as a major actor for futures technologies in biology and health
• promote the research of the Joliot-institute within Université Paris-Saclay
• ensure the Joliot-institute receives sufficient funding to ensure its attractivity
• coordinate Joliot-Institute strategy, research, education, training, and collaboration.

She/He should have experience with managing a multidisciplinary scientific team, possesses the energy, enthusiasm and innovative thinking necessary to lead within a dynamic and diverse organization. She/He should preferably have a global knowledge of the French research system and an excellent view of the political environment in relation with the new Université Paris-Saclay and industrial partnership.

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Applicants should send a letter of motivation in support of application, research statement (not exceeding 5 pages), a short curriculum vitae, a list of the most significative publications – not exceeding 20 of them and three names of references to to To receive full consideration, application should be submitted by 31th January 2019.


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Director of institute