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Postdoctoral research fellow position at the Vision Institute in Paris, France

Postdoctoral research fellow position available in the Retinal development and repair group at the Vision Institute in Paris, France.

The Paris-based Vision Institute is a dynamic research center that comprises internationally recognized groups focusing on development of treatments and technological innovations to prevent and cure visual impairment.

The postdoc will work with research assistants and scientists in the group led by Olivier Goureau, who is developing human iPS cell-based strategies for cell replacement and retinal degenerative disease modeling. The project aims at developing a new approach combining optogenetics and stem cell-based therapy for vision restoration. The postdoc will be responsible for generating fluorescently labeled and optogenetically-modified iPS cells using CRISPR/Cas9 system, differentiating these into photoreceptor precursors, and testing the efficiency of engineered iPS-derived photoreceptors in animal models of retinal degeneration.

Highly motivated scientists with a strong interest in stem cell-based therapy in neurodegenerative diseases are encouraged to apply.

The candidate should have a PhD in Life Sciences with a solid expertise in molecular and cellular biology. Experience with stem cell
cultures is desirable and in vivo experience would also be appreciated. Organizational skills strong writing and oral communication skills will be needed. The candidate should have demonstrated innovation, initiative, problem-solving attitude, and ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team.

Working languages will be English and French. Salary will be in accordance with the University scale, depending on experience.

The position open for 12 months (with a possibility of 12-months extension) offers creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Application deadline is July 21th 2019.

CV, list of publications, short description of previous research projects and experience and contact information for (at least) two referees should be sent by email to: olivier.goureau[at]


14 PhD positions at ITN StarT

14 PhD positions are available in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) on

Training researchers to Diagnose, Understand and Treat Stargardt Disease, a Frequent Inherited Blinding Disorder (StarT)

The objectives of StarT are twofold: 1) to give the next generation of European vision researchers unparalleled opportunities to be trained by a consortium of European vision research groups excelling in genomics, transcriptomics, functional genomics, bio-informatics, genome editing, stem cell biology, animal disease models, and therapy development; and 2) to address the knowledge gaps to diagnosing, understanding and treating STGD1 using innovative approaches related to the aforementioned disciplines.

Positions are available at:

  1. Ghent University, Belgium (;​)
  2. Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, The Netherlands (;
  3. Eberhard Karls University Tubingen, Germany ( )
  4. Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine, Naples, Italy (;
  5. University of Leeds, United Kingdom (
  6. Spanish National Research Council, Seville, Spain (
  7. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (
  8. University College London, United Kingdom (
  9. NewCells Biotech Ltd, Newcastle, United Kingdom (
  10. ProQR Therapeutics, Leiden, The Netherlands (

The StarT partners offer:

  • 14 PhD positions for a period of three years (fellowships for Early Stage Researchers / ESR),
    start date April 1, 2019. See the description of the individual ESR projects (PDF).

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants should be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the period of research training, starting at the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.
  • Applicants should not have resided or performed their main activity in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 year period immediately prior to the start date of the fellowship.

How to apply:

Applicants should submit 

  • personal statement explaining their motivation and project interests and the contact details of 2 academic referees
  • CV (EU format, MS Word, doc); other formats are NOT accepted
  • form indicating the preference for one or more specific partner institute(s) and/or research project(s) (use preference form, MS Word, doc)

Please send these documents via email to simone.dusseljee[at]

Applicants interested in the position at UCL should also apply via the UCL online recruitment tool (


  • December 10, 2018, after which we will review applications and interview candidates.
  • Do NOT include other documents like diplomas.
  • PLEASE NOTE that applications that do not meet these requirements WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

More information

For more information on the application process and to download documents, please visit or email simone.dusseljee[at]

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