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Cambridge Centre for Physical Biology


PSL Assistant Professor in experimental statistical physics of living systems, Qbio center for Quantitative Biology, Ecole normale supérieure – PSL (ENS-PSL), PSL University, Paris, France.

Application deadline: September 2nd, 2022.


PSL University seeks candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in experimental statistical physics of living systems, for its Center for Quantitative Biology (QBio, The position is open to all researchers wishing to open their independent experimental lab in quantitative life sciences and physics of living systems. The position includes an internationally competitive salary and start-up as well as independent laboratory space.

The proposed position is a joint initiative between the ENS-PSL Center for Quantitative Biology (QBio) and the Laboratory of Physics of the École normale supérieure (LPENS) in Paris. The QBio Center for Quantitative Biology unites researchers from the biology, chemistry, cognitive sciences, computer science, math and physics departments of the ENS-PSL, interested in quantitative approaches to life sciences. École normale supérieure -PSL houses a big and thematically diverse physics laboratory  (, with a lively international undergraduate and graduate teaching program (  

The candidate is expected to build an experimental laboratory in an unshared new space and promote multidisciplinary research activities. All areas of the physics of living systems that can be studied without access to mammalian animal facilities will be considered, however preference will be given to quantitative areas not currently studied experimentally in the ENS physics department, including but not limited to evolution, ecology, neuroscience, behaviour, signalling, development (compatible with a BSL-1 lab).  A strong will to build interactions with others, especially members of the physics department and the Qbio community is welcome, but pre-existing contacts are not expected at the time of application. The position comes with a dedicated laboratory space for the new hire to build their research team, as well as seed funding support for 5 years, for non-permanent recruitments, equipment and operating costs (350k€).

The hired researcher will teach courses in the Master program of the International Center of Fundamental Physics (ICFP), as well as interdisciplinary courses organized by Qbio aimed at the PSL undergraduate and graduate population. 

Application file 

Details of how to apply can be found here:

Once your documents are ready, they must be uploaded on the French-only Galaxie website:

Submit (in English only) a cover letter, application file including a resume, research statement (4 pages maximum), teaching statement (2 page maximum), list of publications, and three letters of recommendation from senior scientists (to be sent by the writers to You may include a diversity statement as well.

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Closing date: September 2nd, 2022