Country: France

Location: Lyon

Organisation: INSERM / Laboratory of Excellence (LabEx) CORTEX

We are currently seeking applications from post-doctoral candidates (LabEx-funded positions).

Project: Christophe Heinrich “Cellular Reprogramming and Brain Repair” was recently awarded a LabEx Attraction Package at SBRI. Our group focuses on direct lineage reprogramming of somatic cells into induced neurons as a novel cell-based therapy for brain repair. We previously showed that glial cells can be converted into functional induced neurons (Heinrich et al., PLoS Biology 2010, Nature Protoc 2011, Stem Cell Reports 2014, Nature Cell Biology 2015; Karow et al., Cell Stem Cell, 2012). We aim at reprogramming glial cells in the injured brain into neurons that integrate into endogenous networks and modulate the activity of these networks with beneficial effects. 

Environment: The University of Lyon (IdEx Initiative of Excellence) and LabEx CORTEX represent an outstanding scientific environment. Research at SBRI is at the interface of development biology with a strong emphasis on stem cell biology, neurogenesis and functional neurobiology of the brain. SBRI benefits from state-of-the-art research platforms for stem cell bioengineering and provides a high-quality scientific, technological and medical environment. 

Candidates: We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated scientists holding a PhD and willing to join a challenging research area at the edge of cellular biology and neurosciences. Applicants are expected to have a strong background and proven track record in neurosciences and/or cell biology. Experience in working with mice, cellular and molecular biology (cloning), and/or electrophysiology would be helpful. English proficiency is mandatory and strong communication skills and team spirit are expected. 

Please send one PDF file to Dr. Christophe Heinrich ( with copy to our LabEx Manager ( containing the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae including publication list and contact details for 2-3 referees

  • Cover letter with short statement of the research interests

  • Concise summary of previous research activities (max 1 page)

Deadline: May 31, 2017