The Institute of Biology of the École Normale Supérieure (IBENS) is seeking to recruit 2 or 3 group leaders in Developmental Biology and Neuroscience.

Located in the heart of Paris, IBENS develops advanced and original studies in Life Sciences aiming at discovering basic mechanisms and principles that underlie biological processes. IBENS is part of the Department of Biology of the école Normale Supérieure (ENS), and is also affiliated to CNRS and Inserm. It hosts 28 research teams organized into four main research axes: Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, Functional Genomics and Ecology & Evolution. Research performed at IBENS is highly collaborative and multiscale, and combines both experimental and theoretical approaches. Multidisciplinarity is reinforced by local collaborations with other ENS departments as well as with several nearby top research institutions (Curie Institute, Collège de France, ESPCI Paris Tech…). As part of ENS, IBENS scientists have strong links with higher-education teaching and training both at undergraduate and graduate levels.

We are looking for outstanding candidates developing ambitious research programs with the potential to interact with and complement the existing strengths of IBENS. The Developmental Biology section will recruit one or two group leaders at junior and/or senior levels. Interest in the nervous system will be appreciated, although not mandatory. The Neuroscience section seeks one junior group leader, research projects on the molecular and cellular aspects of neurobiology will be considered with particular interest.

IBENS hosts state-of-the-art facilities, including advanced imaging, genomics, bioinformatics and protein production platforms, as well as several plant and animal housing facilities (including for rodents and zebrafish).

Applications should include a CV and a summary of scientific achievements (max 2 pages) and proposed research program (max 2 pages). In addition, three letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to the same address. IBENS is committed to a transparent, open and merit-based recruitment policy and encourages women to apply.


Applications and information requests should be sent to

Shortlisted applicants will be notified early April 2019 and interviews will be conducted in June 2019.

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