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Postdoc position in Functional and Evolutionary Genomics

Applications are invited for an ERC-funded postdoctoral research position at the Institute of Biology of the Ecole Normale Superieure (IBENS) in Paris, France. Position is for two years, with possibilities for extension. Start date: from May 1rst 2020, flexible.

We are hiring an enthusiastic postdoc to work on ERC Starting Grant EVOMENS, which seeks to understand how menstruation evolved in the primate uterus. Menstruation is a recent evolutionary innovation in primates: the trait is present in some species (humans, baboons) but not in closely related others (vervets). The molecular and genetic bases of menstruation are not fully understood, despite its involvement in critical gynecological conditions. EVOMENS aims to profile cellular populations, gene expression and gene regulation in the uterine lining of several primates across the female hormonal cycle to characterize how menstruation evolved at the functional level. The postdoc will be in charge of functional genomics experiments (single-cell transcriptomics, cell sorting, cell population RNA-seq and ATAC-seq) and data analysis.

Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent, or have submitted their thesis at the time of application. The applicant should have wet-lab experience relevant to the project such as functional genomics experiments, transcriptomics, experimental genetics, cell sorting and/or cell culture. Computational experience is appreciated, but not required – however, the successful candidate will be expected to develop that skillset and will receive appropriate support. The postdoc will also be expected to write manuscripts, deliver research presentations and be involved in the daily life and management of the laboratory.

The postdoc will join the Dynamics and Organisation of Genomes laboratory, located at the Institute of Biology of the ENS. ENS is a prestigious university with a vibrant academic life and is part of the Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) network of universities and research centers, ranking 1rst in France according to the Times Higher Education’s World University Ranking. The institute is located in the heart of Paris, in the Quartier Latin known for its lively student life, restaurants and bars.

Salary: € 30,000 to € 48,000/year depending on experience; includes extensive healthcare and benefits. Position is full-time and funded for two years, with opportunities for extensions.

Application deadline: April 1rst 2020
Start date: from May 1rst 2020 (negotiable)
Application: Please send your cover letter and detailed CV, with the names of two referees and your relationship to them to camille.berthelot at
Informal inquiries welcome.