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Call for Fellows at CRI Research

The CRI collaboratory is recruiting fellows to join our adventure. We invite applications for three types of fellows: short (3-6 months), long (1-3 years) and core (5 years)

  • Application tracks
  • Profiles sought
  • Resources available

Candidates may apply through two tracks:

White track : Fellows whose research focus is within CRI Research topics
Opening date: 5. 7. 2017.  Pre-submission deadline: 31. 8. 2017

Thematic track: Fellows who work in a specific area of the Thematic Call. Current focal theme is “Shaping our Major Transitions” and is directly motivated by the Advanced Workshop held at CRI in June 2017. Find more info about this theme here.
Opening date: 13. 7. 2017.  Pre-submission deadline: 31. 8. 2017

We are looking for scientists who thrive in dynamic environments, are inspired and motivated by daily interactions with diverse peers, work best in teams and comfortably mix disciplines, rearranging, straddling field boundaries and wish to explore uncharted domains. We expect that our fellows will complement current competencies of the CRI and spark collaborative projects that go beyond the CRI community. We encourage projects and methodologies that can be successfully piloted here but eventually forked, reused, and remixed by others, outside of CRI.

We expect that around 20% of the fellow’s’ time will be contributed to cross-CRI activities (research collaborations, teaching, mentorship). We strongly believe in community diversity as a driving force of excellence and seek fellows irrespective of their gender, age, culture, experience, national origin, disability, religion or sexual orientation.

Fellows will benefit from state-of-the-art office space, IT and wet lab support (e.g. for systems and synthetic biology research) as well as the CRI Labs that include: Makerspace, Mobile and Virtual Reality technology, Game design and application, and MOOC/online content development. Depending on the type of fellowship (see details within the calls), competitive personal stipend will be complemented by project running cost and research funds for PhDs and/or postdocs affiliated to the project.

Fellowship types and application details

  • Short-term fellows
  • Long-term fellows
  • Core fellows

Short-term fellows (3-6 months)

Goals: Develop and prototype research projects through interactions with CRI Researchers.

Timeline: The call remains open throughout the year, with three review sessions, in January, May, and September. Next round of evaluation will start on September 10th 2017.

Evaluation: Application form and skype call with CRI Research Team, review and notification within a week from interview.

Support:   Net monthly stipend, economy class travel to/from Paris, and in limited circumstances, a small research budget.

 

White track: Applications accepted via an online form.

Thematic track: Applications accepted via an online form. The current focal theme is ongoing major transition, resulting from the merger of humanity and its digital technologies. Find out more info about the recent Advanced Workshop that drives this theme here.

Long-term fellows (1-3 years)

Description:

Scientists seeking a new temporary home, a place to expand their research focus, jump start a new research program. We encourage future fellows with independent funding, including grants and sabbatical allowances, temporary detachment from permanent positions in France (e.g, INSERM CR/DR or USPC MdC/Prof; see Notes below) as only a limited number of salary stipends are available.

Goals:

Develop and work on an interdisciplinary, collaborative research project and pilot methodologies that can used beyond CRI. Participation in CRI activities (e.g., mentoring, teaching, collaborating).

Application:

1. Pre-proposal

  • Abstract (400 words)
  • Online form questionnaire
  • 4-page project proposal which should specifically incorporate:
    • Background & state of the art in the field
    • Research question and project design
    • Proposed methodology
    • Timeline and broad relevance of the project
    • Match between the researcher and the project
    • Budget outline
    • Relevant references
  • Up to 2-page CV
  • Full publication record
  • Two nominations for reference letters

Abstract, questionnaire and electively the project proposal, will be shared within the CRI community for comments and suggestions aimed at further enhancing the project.

2. Final proposal – amending initial submission.

Evaluation:

Two-steps selection: (i) pre-selection based on final application (ii) Seminar and interviews with CRI research members and international scientific board that will make the final recommendation.

Support:

Research funding package including: small equipment and consumables (up to 80,000€/year, depending on fellow’s budgetary needs), and financing of a project team (up to 4 people) of postdocs, PhD students, and short-term interns.

Notes:

(i) Fellows are expected to apply for at least 1 year stay, which can be renewed upon request. Whether initially demanded or cumulatively extended, Long Term fellows will not stay at CRI beyond 3 years.
(ii) Candidates permanently affiliated with INSERM, USPC or other French national research organizations (e.g., CNRS, INRA, INRIA) should contact us at contact.research@cri-paris.org to discuss possible modalities.

 

White track:
White call is currently open. All application related documents and text should be submitted via an online form.

Thematic track:
Thematic Call focusing on our ongoing major transitions is currently open. More information about the theme can be found here. All application related documents and text should be submitted via an online form.

 

Call Timeline (both tracks):

5. July 2017.: Applications open
31. August 2017.: Pre-applications due at 20h (CET). Your application will be made available to the entire CRI community for commenting for two weeks, via google doc, and you will be able to respond and address these comments during this time
10. September 2017.: Feedback period ends
17. September 2017.: Final Application due
22. September 2017.: Notification of short-listed candidates
11-13. October 2017.: In person interviews at CRI

Core Fellows (5 years)

Description:

Established scientists seeking a new challenge, willing to be pillars and leaders of the CRI Research community. Should already have a an active group that can relocate to CRI.

Goals:

Develop an ambitious research program around multiple CRI Research topics supported in part by external funding. Play a pillar role in the CRI research community by mentoring and collaborating with CRI Fellows,  and participating in CRI activities. Extend CRI external research network and partners.

Application:

1. Pre-proposal

  • Abstract (400 words)
  • Online form questionnaire
  • 4-page project proposal which should specifically incorporate:
    • Background & state of the art in the field
    • Research question and project design
    • Proposed methodology
    • Timeline and broad relevance of the project
    • Match between the researcher and the project
    • Budget outline
    • Relevant references
  • Up to 2-page CV
  • Full publication record
  • Two nominations for reference letters

Abstract, questionnaire and electively the project proposal, will be shared within the CRI community for comments and suggestions aimed at further enhancing the project.

2. Final proposal – amending initial submission.

Evaluation: Two-steps selection: (i) pre-selection based on final application (ii) Seminar and interviews with CRI research members and international Scientific Advisory Board that will make the final recommendation.

Support: Research funding package including: small equipment and consumables (up to 100,000€/year, depending on fellow’s budgetary needs), co-financing of a project team (up to 4 people, excluding collaborations that could gain additional funding) of postdocs, PhD students, and short-term interns

NOTE: There is no salary allowance for the Core fellows, Candidates should have a permanent position elsewhere, in an institution that would would allow you to temporarily move your team to CRI (see FAQ). We strongly encourage potential Core Fellows to contact us directly (contact.research@cri-paris.org, subject header: [CORE]…) and discuss their situation before submitting the application. This will greatly help sort out any administrative issues ahead of time and is more likely to lead to a mutually positive outcome.

White track:
White call is currently open with the following timeline:

5. July 2017.: Applications open
31. August 2017.: Pre-applications due at 20h (CET). Your application will be made available to the entire CRI community for commenting for two weeks, via google doc, and you will be able to respond and address these comments during this time
10. September 2017.: Feedback period ends
17. September 2017.: Final Application due
22. September 2017.: Notification of short-listed candidates
11-13. October 2017.: In person interviews at CRI

All application related documents and text should be submitted via an online form.

CRI Research Fellow’s FAQ

  • What would be the administrative academic affiliation of the recruited fellows

    Fellows starting in the next 9 months (until early 2018) will be affiliated with INSERM U1001, We are in the process of forming a new structure, UMS, which will be related be a partnership between INSERM, and University Paris Descartes.

  • Can you provide housing arrangements

    Few individual studios may be available for fellows under 30 years old. However, we can make some recommendations and facilitate your search.

  • Do you have (insert your favorite science toy) available

    Generally, we have:

    • On the Biology side: a fully equipped microbiology, and molecular biology lab, with  FACS, liquid-handling TECAN robot, multiple fluorescence microscopes, and microfluidics setup for bacterial cultures.
    • On MakerSpace side: several 3D printers, laser cutters, basic mechanical tools.

    The full list would be too long (and also constantly growing/changing), so it would be best to just send us an email and ask for any specifics! We strongly encourage collaborations with local Paris labs who may have the equipment you need. Also, you can certainly use your research money to purchase any additional equipment and we may be able to contribute if the equipment would be generally useful for multiple projects at CRI Research.

  • How many people are already working at CRI Research

    Our community is extremely  dynamic.. At present, we have  20 PhD students, postdocs and associated researchers, some residing at CRI and some spending only part of their time here. The goal is for this number to gradually grow to about 50 people by 2019.

  • Are there any teaching obligations

    No. However, we expect you will be actively involved in mentoring students at all levels. We also encourage you to do occasional teaching in undergraduate, master or PhD courses, and generally be involved in CRI’s education and outreach activities.

  • Who can I contact for more info

    You can write to us at contact.research@cri-paris.org.