Open position for an Early Stage Researcher Fellowship at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience – CNRS, Bordeaux, France – deadline January 31, 2021.

We are recruiting an early stage researcher (ESR) to integrate the consortium Syn2Psy.

The call is open for Research Project ESR4: Linking autism related mutations in Shank3 over synaptic, network and behaviour defects – human genetics, neuronal cell biology, neurophysiology, super-resolution microscopy, optogenetics, animal behaviour, neural dynamics. Find out more about the project here.

This position is open for an excellent and highly motivated candidate with interest in synapse pathology in neuropsychiatric disorders, having an MSc degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Biological chemistry, Biomedical sciences, Pharmacy, Bio-informatics, or related disciplines. The ESR will work towards a PhD degree, completed with training opportunities in relevant non-academic organizations through secondments, network schools, active participation in conferences and training on transferable skills.

Host Supervisors: Daniel Choquet and Eric Hosy.

Host Institution: Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience (IINS) – CNRS, Bordeaux University, France. Find out more about IINS here.

Syn2Psy is a consortium of 7 top level academic research institutions and 5 non-academic leading organisations, located in Portugal, UK, France, Switzerland, Denmark and Germany. Syn2Psy provides PhD-level training to integrate molecules, synapses, neurons, circuits and behaviour, to understand and treat neuropsychiatric disorders. More information about the consortium beneficiaries and partners here.

General Requirements

– The candidate holds a Master degree in a relevant discipline or will receive this before the appointment date; relevant disciplines are Biochemistry, Biology, Biological Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Bioinformatics or related.

– The candidate does not hold a previous PhD degree.

– The candidate has less than 4-years (full time equivalent) experience as a researcher.

– The candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment (short stays, e.g., vacations, do not count).

– Capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team in an international environment and to work independently.

– Strong interest in research and science.

– Excellent English communication skills, orally as well as in scientific writing.

How to apply

Outstanding and highly motivated candidates are requested to provide the following information:

– Motivation letter, in English: Explain why you apply for Syn2Psy, why you apply for this project, why you are interested in synapse pathology in neuropsychiatric disorders. Make it concrete (with examples) that you are suitable for the PhD position.

– CV, in English, specifying:
*Doctoral study entrance qualification (name Master’s degree);
*List of internships (subject, name supervisor, grade, etc);
*Publications (if applicable);
*Scientific interest, complementary qualifications, achievements;
*Grades (with explanation on the grading system);
*Other relevant information;

– Copy of Master’s diploma or letter of university stating that Master’s diploma will be obtained soon;

– Name and e-mail contact of at least one academic/professional reference (maximum two) willing to provide a recommendation;
[NOTE: the person(s) you name will be automatically contacted by e-mail and asked to send us a recommendation letter by February 5, 2021; we advise you to inform your reference(s) ahead of time that they will be contacted by us, and later contact them directly yourself to confirm if they received our request and sent the letter].

To send your application, create a candidate profile here. Once your profile is complete, you can upload your CV and the rest of the requested documents, combined in one single pdf file.

For more information about the selection process, click here.


The successful candidate will receive an attractive base-salary in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, for 21 months and ERC based funding for another 15 months. 

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021 23:59 – Europe/Brussels

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