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Research Center Director

Institut Curie - Research Center
Paris, France (FR)
Closing date
Feb 27, 2024

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Life Sciences, Cancer Research
Position Type
Full Time
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Organization Type
All Industry

Institut Curie

Institut Curie is a key player in the fight against cancer, combining an internationally renowned Research center with a state-of-the-art Hospital complex. Founded in 1909 by Marie Curie, Institut Curie brings together more than 3 700 researchers, doctors and caregivers at three sites (Paris, SaintCloud and Orsay) to carry out three missions: research, care, and the preservation and transmission of knowledge. Institut Curie is a private foundation recognized as a public interest institution. The Curie model, with its continuum from research to care, is now being applied in its modern form through its Curie 2030 strategic project.

The Research center (

The Research center develops fundamental research of excellence designed to meet major scientific and technological challenges and push back the frontiers of knowledge. It creates an environment that fosters interdisciplinarity and interactions between researchers and caregivers, a source of innovation in the field of oncology.

The Research center employs around 1 250 people of 77 nationalities. Research work is organized into 6 thematic areas:

  • Chemical biology, Medicinal chemistry and Innovative therapeutics
  • Tumor microenvironment, Immunology, Immune & Cell therapies
  • Computational biology and Systems medicine
  • Developmental biology and Pediatric oncology
  • Genome biology
  • Cell biology and Physics of living systems

The Research center is structured into 13 joint research units (CNRS, Inserm, universities), comprising 86 research teams, 1 translational research department and 19 cutting-edge technology platforms.

Research activities are supported by the Research center's support teams for financial aspects, human resources, project funding, health & safety and technical services. Additional support is provided by the Institut Curie's head office departments for communications, tech transfer, legal expertise, IT services, etc.


Main responsibilities of the Research centre Director

The Director of the Research center oversees all the Research center's research and support activities, steers its scientific strategy and represents the Research center externally. He/She promotes the visibility of the Research center and, more broadly, of Institut Curie in France and abroad. The Director fosters scientific excellence in line with the Curie 2030 strategic project, particularly in the scientific and medico-scientific fields.

He/She is responsible for the Research center's investment and operating budgets, as well as recruitment of team leaders, within the budgetary framework approved by the Supervisory Board and the delegations received. He/She participates in the Institut Curie's general policy work, driven by the Executive Board, and ensures the economic equilibrium and development of the Research center over the medium and long term, within the framework of a multi-year strategy agreed with the supervisory authorities. To this end, he/she is assisted by a deputy director and an administrative team of around 70 people.

In addition to his/her institutional duties, the Director of the Research center will have the opportunity to develop his/her own research. Depending on his/her profile and existing links with the Research center teams, his/her research team will be based in one of the existing units.


Desired profiles and application procedures

The candidate should be a top-level life scientist with international recognition, a track record of excellence in basic research and a strong interest in interdisciplinary approaches and biomedical applications.

Significant managerial experience in strategic positions or at the helm of research organizations is essential.

The applications received will be examined by a selection committee, which will hold interviews with the successful candidates. The Director of the Research center will then be appointed by the Executive Board after receiving the approval of the Supervisory Board, the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the International Scientific Council and the Scientific Commission. The appointment will be for a renewable 5-year term.

The preferred starting date is June 1, 2024.

Please send your application by e-mail to, with CURIE2024 in the subject line. Applications should include a full CV and a covering letter in English. They will be treated in strict confidence.

Deadline for receipt of applications: February 27, 2024

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