4-year Research Group in entomology within Centre Pasteur Cameroun

To reinforce the research on arbovirus transmission at the Centre Pasteur du Cameroun (CPC), the Institut Pasteur will support the creation of a 4-year Research Group (G4) with a focus on entomology in this institute.

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Context

It is well known that various arboviruses of medical interest are circulating in Central Africa in a continental context of environmental changes, which enhances contact between humans and mosquito vectors. It is by consequence of uttermost importance to set up the necessary forces to study the implications of these changes in a One Health perspective. The Centre Pasteur du Cameroun (CPC), through its newly created platform of Entomology, aims to improve its capacity to predict the risk, better detect and respond to possible epidemics due to mosquito or tickborne transmission.

Therefore, the International Call 2022 for a 4-year Research Group will support one (1) new G4 award holder with a group-leader career development opportunity of up to 400,000€. The successful applicant shall propose an innovative research project on vectors of emergent arboviral diseases.

The G4 applicant should ideally be an early to mid-career post-doctoral scientist, wishing to establish a research group as an independent researcher at the CPC. The G4 team, as employees of the CPC, must adhere to its rules and regulations. An enabling environment should motivate the G4 award holder to pursue his/her career at the CPC with the prospect of obtaining a permanent position at the end of the award tenure.

Please, read carefully the complete call carefully (PDF)

Support & Duration

Institut Pasteur will support the career development of the G4 PI through four (4) annual payments of up to €100,000, payable at the beginning of each financial year. This fellowship can finance salaries up to 50% of its total annual amount.

All scientific and ethical standards and requirements, in accordance with the statutes of the CPC and Institut Pasteur, need to be respected as stipulated in the agreement relating to the G4. This agreement will also define the start date of the G4, which will be agreed with each successful applicant.

The period of tenure of a G4 award is 4 years.

Process & Timelines

A pre-selection will be conducted by the CPC direction. Candidates must contact and send to the CPC direction a PDF Fila containing:

  • a letter of intention including career objectives,
  • CV,
  • short description of the research program and,
  • three references with contact information.

Deadline for pre-selection tour: July 30th, 2022.

The pre-selected candidates will be invited to complete an online application. The selection will be made during the panel meeting following a review of each application by at least two (2) scientists from our expert panel and external reviewers and an interview of each candidate. The selection will be confirmed by the executive management of the Pasteur Network. Candidates will be notified in due course.

Deadline for online submission: September 30th, 2022.

Applications must be written in English and submitted online. Incomplete or paper-based applications will not be considered.

Eligibility And Selection Criteria

Eligibility

Any scientist holding a PhD in Entomology or related field and having 5 to 8 years of post-doctoral research experience;

  • The candidate cannot already have a permanent position at the CPC;
  • The research project must be written in English;
  • The call is opened to any nationality.

Selection criteria

  • The candidate will be evaluated against the following criteria:
  • Quality of his/her research
  • Capacity to finance his/her projects
  • Having already financed projects is an asset
  • Collaborations and any plans to develop strategic local and regional partnerships
  • Supervision and training
  • Peer recognition

The proposed research project will be evaluated not only on its quality, originality, and feasability but also on the added values it will bring to the host institute and its contribution to the regional/global health priorities. It is expected that the candidate will bring an experience working on arboviruses, arthropod vectors of medical and/or veterinary significance.

Thus, the right match between the candidate and the host institute will be pivotal, for as well as the motivation of the candidate to participate to the scientific strenghthning of the Network.

Terms and agreement

Contact information

Centre Pasteur du Cameroun: Mirdad Kazanji & Sara Eyangoh

Pasteur Network: Marianne Lucas-Hourani


Please, read carefully the complete call carefully (PDF)

 

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