Call for Candidates to Head a Research Unit in Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics

Call for Candidates to Head a Research Unit in Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics at Institut Pasteur in Paris, France


The Institut Pasteur launches an international call for outstanding candidates who wish to develop a ground-breaking research programme on « Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics ». This call is broad in scope, including the major fields of the discipline from medical to fundamental bacteriology. It focuses on bacterial pathogens with relevance to humans, and resistance mechanisms of clinical importance. Key issues that can be addressed are: molecular basis of resistance to antimicrobials; understanding of the selection of resistant microbes and their subsequent spread; antibiotic effects on the host and its microbiota, identification of specific signatures associated with the ability to acquire and express resistance to antimicrobials; development of novel tools to monitor rapidly changing patterns in drug resistance; search for novel antimicrobials and new targets for therapeutics and diagnostics.

Multidisciplinary projects using cutting-edge technologies [such as single cell analysis, microfluidic-based approaches, cell biology techniques including fluorescence microscopy, genomic tools and high-throughput techniques] will be favoured.


This call is open to young, mid-career, and senior scientists wishing to establish an outstanding research laboratory on the campus of Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. Packages will include a position for the PI and fully equipped facilities. Personnel and recurrent budget will be adapted to the degree of seniority.


The Institut Pasteur is a non-profit private foundation dedicated to fundamental research in human biology and the prevention and treatment of diseases, with a large focus on infectious diseases, through basic science, education, and public health activities. The Paris campus houses 146 research units belonging to 10 research departments, employing about 2,600 people. It is recognized worldwide as a leader in infectious disease research and is ranked as a top level institution for publication impact in the field of microbiology. The Institut Pasteur has developed a world-class technological center, its "Technopole" composed of 10 state-of-the-art technological platforms, which closely collaborate with the researchers and cover their needs for studying modern biology from genomic to post-genomic activities, including bioinformatics, genotyping, DNA and protein sequencing, transcriptomics, proteomics, protein and antibody production, crystallography and X ray diffraction, macromolecular interactions, collections, animal facilities and an exceptional imaging centre (Imagopole). 


The application should comprise the following (in order) in a single pdf file:

1. A brief motivation letter.

2. A Curriculum Vitae and a full publication list.

3. A description of past and present research activities (4-5 pages with 1.5 spacing). 4. The proposed research project (8-10 pages with 1.5 spacing).


Additional information can be obtained by contacting Dr Nathalie de Parseval, General Scientific Secretary (


Applications should be sent to Isabelle Porteret ( before September 15, 2014.

Updated on 23/07/2014