Permanent position in metagenomics

Job title: 

Bioinformatics researcher in metagenomic data analysis for the study of ecosystems and microbial metabolism 

Type of contract: 

CEA permanent position (CDI)


Evry, France (30 km south of Paris)


The Genoscope (CEA, François Jacob Biology Institute) is a French reference centre in environmental genomics that conducts large-scale analyses for the understanding of ecosystems, particularly in the context of major environmental changes. Its research unit (UMR8030 Genomics Metabolics of the CEA, CNRS and Paris-Saclay Evry University) brings together several laboratories composed of researchers and engineers with expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, microbiology and biochemistry. This strong interdisciplinarity makes it possible to finely characterize the species, functions and interactions present in an ecosystem, but also to focus on the metabolism of these microorganisms. The exploration of biodiversity in terms of chemical potential offers applications in bioremediation, biomass valorization and in the discovery of new catalysts for sustainable chemistry.


The researcher will join the LABGeM laboratory which develops bioinformatic methods and performs analyses for the study of prokaryotic genomes and metabolism. He/She will be able to undertake research in environmental genomics and will be in charge of :

  • conducting bioinformatics analyses of metagenomic samples (assembly/binning, taxonomic assignation, functional analyses, biotic interactions)
  • implementing innovative strategies for the exploration of metabolic pathways based on comparative (meta-)genomics and associated with experimental characterizations of enzymatic activities 
  • developing academic and industrial research projects
  • promoting analyses and methods through scientific publications
  • supervising the work of engineers, postdocs and PhD students.

The research projects being conducted will be part of the scientific strategy of our research unit, which combines computational and experimental approaches for the characterization of new metabolic functions.

Candidate profile:

The candidate must have a PhD in bioinformatics and at least one postdoctoral experience. He/She will have a strong background in metagenomics but also in functional analyses of proteins. 

Naturally curious, with a strong interest in microbiology but also in computer science and statistics, the ideal candidate would be able to conduct research in environmental genomics through bioanalysis in relation with wet labs while being involved in bioinformatics methodological developments.

To apply: 

Application deadline: May 31, 2020
Please send to David Vallenet (

  • a detailed CV
  • a summary of your past research activities and your motivation for the position
  • the contacts of at least two referees
Permanent position in metagenomics