The ENS is one of the leading research and teaching institutions in France, hosting many outstanding laboratories and research groups in Mathematics, Physics, Computer and Cognitive Science, Chemistry, Geoscience and Biology, as well as in Economics and Humanities. It also attracts the best French students in all these fields. The ENS now belongs to the Research University “Paris Sciences et Lettres”, regrouping many elite teaching and research institutions in Paris, including the Curie Institute. Research within the Biology Department ( is carried out at the Institute of Biology of the ENS (IBENS,, which focuses on four main research domains: Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, Functional Genomics, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. There are close links with the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics Departments.

 Candidates should have an outstanding track record and are expected to develop a dynamic group at the ENS, with an ambitious and highly innovative research program in one of the following fields: cell or developmental biology, gene regulation or physics-biology interface. Suitable domains include neurodevelopment, morphogenesis, cell differentiation and signalling, stem cell biology, transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms of gene expression, quantitative biology, systemic developmental biology, molecular imaging or cell physics. The appointee will be expected to build constructive collaborations at conceptual and/or technical levels with other groups within the Biology Department and the ENS. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability for high-level teaching and will assume management responsibilities within the teaching team. The teaching will be in English. An attractive start-up package will be provided to the successful candidate.

 The application should consist of a single PDF file including a letter of motivation, a CV, a list of publications, names and contacts of three referees, a brief presentation (2-3 pages) of past achievements, a research plan and a description of how it could be implemented at the ENS (up to 5 pages).

 This file should be sent to before April 30, 2015. This contact can also be used to obtain further information.