Young Group Leader call from NeuroStra


to develop a project in line with one of the following two priority axes: NeuroPain or NeuroDegen

A Junior Group Leader position is open at NeuroStra

NeuroStra aims to recruit an outstanding junior scientist to develop a project in line with one of the following two priority axes: NeuroPain (nociception and pain) or NeuroDegen (neurodegenerative and neurogenetic diseases). The levels of investigation of the project can range from molecular to integrated ones, including clinical approaches in humans.

Position specifications

The selected group leader will benefit from a starting package, and she/he will be supported to apply for complementary funding (e.g. FRM-Amorçage jeunes équipes, ATIP-Avenir…) and for a tenured position at the CNRS, INSERM or University of Strasbourg. The selected group leader will have access to state-of-the-art facilities in molecular and cell biology, in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, cell and brain imaging, neuroanatomy, electron microscopy, and behavioural and physiological analyses. Appropriate laboratory and office space will be provided.

The selected group leader will develop her/his research project in the NeuroStra research unit of her/his choice, among the following: 


Applicants should be dynamic early-career neuroscientists, with the potential to develop an innovative and independent research program, in interaction and collaboration with researchers from NeuroStra. Candidates must meet criteria to compete for national and international research funding and for French institutional research and/or teaching positions. Applicants should have excellent training background and publication track record and must:

  • be within the first 10 years following PhD defence
  • already have 1st author/last author postdoctoral publication(s)

Researchers already holding a permanent position in France are welcome to apply, if willing to continue their career in Strasbourg.
Contacts for requirement-related inquiries: Valérie Simonneaux and Jean-Christophe Cassel, co-directors of NeuroStra.

How to apply

Applications in a single pdf file should include

  • a complete CV, including the list of publications
  • two letters of recommendation
  • descriptions of previous research achievements (1-2 pages)
  • a planned research project within the research domains of NeuroStra (2-3 pages)
  • 3 original articles (pdf) considered by the applicant as her/his main scientific contributions to the field

Applications must be sent to Laurent Nexon ( before 27 February 2022.

All applications will undergo a pre-selection procedure by the NeuroStra Steering Committee. Pre-selected applicants will be evaluated by an international jury independent from NeuroStra during an oral presentation in June 2022.



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