Postdoctoral position in age related hearing loss

Institut Pasteur

France

December 25, 2021

Description

Offer description

A postdoctoral position with 24 months of funding is available immediately for an advanced scientist in audiology, biophysics or neurosciences at the Centre for Research and Innovation in Humans (CERIAH) codirected by Professor Paul Avan and Professor Hung Thai-Van at the Institut de l'Audition, Institut Pasteur, in Paris, France.

We are seeking an outstanding, highly motivated postdoctoral fellow for a project on fine characterization of auditory impairments by developing an innovative set of objective audiological measurements, psychoacoustics and vestibular tests in humans.

The goal of this large-scale project is to improve the early detection of age- related hearing loss to better manage its effects on public health.

Institut de l'Audition and CERIAH

The Institut de l'Audition (Hearing Institute) is an interdisciplinary research institute with the objective of promoting integrative approaches to basic auditory neuroscience, developing innovative diagnostic tools and preventive and curative treatments for hearing disabilities. The Institut de l'Audition brings together world-class researchers from various fields, including neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, auditory cognition, genetics and genomics, cell biology and gene therapy. Most teams associate fundamental researchers and MDs and conduct research protocols applicable to humans with clinicians as co-investigators.

The Institut de l'Audition, located in the centre of Paris is hosting the Centre for Research and Innovation in Humans (CERIAH), dedicated to the running of research protocols on human volunteers (excluding clinical trials for drugs). Providing a very complete set of cutting-edge equipment, dedicated staff composed of research audiologists, engineers and project manager and know-how in all the auditory science domains, the CERIAH aims to increase the understanding of hearing problems, with a view to developing personalized medicine.

Mission

The postdoctoral fellow will work on a large-scale project aiming to better understand the mechanisms of age-related hearing loss in relation with specific genotypes.

  • First, the candidate will have to master the basic exploration tools of the inner ear systems, namely otoacoustic emissions, audiometry, auditory and vestibular electrophysiology and vestibulocochlear tests and psychoacoustics,
  • The candidate will also participate to the data collection in several hundreds of participants with age-related hearing loss, in collaboration with a European research group and the experts of the CERIAH,
  • From this data, the challenge for the candidate will be to identify phenotype patterns corresponding to groups of genotype mutations.
  • Qualifications

    Candidate profile:

  • A PhD in physics, biophysics, biology, neurosciences or related field is required,
  • Experience in audiology would be highly appreciated,
  • Experience or interest in research involving the human person,
  • Some fluency in the French language will be a plus for conducting tests on volunteers.
  • Candidates should be experienced in the use of at least some of the techniques mentioned. The scope of the work can be tailored according to the candidate interests and skills.

    We are looking for an autonomous, passionate and friendly person.

    The position will be financed for two years with possible prolongation according to performance and grant application outcomes. The project will be conducted in the beautiful city of Paris, in the brand-new Institut de l'Audition which also may provide exciting career opportunities for young talented researchers. Interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter mentioning a few referees who might provide a letter of recommendation.

    Starting: Beginning of 2022 preferred

    Net salary: 30 000 €/y minimum, according to experience

    Team: CERIAH (Prof Paul Avan), Institut de l'Audition, Institut Pasteur, 63 rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris, France. https: // www. institut- audition.fr/en/articles/ceriah

    Contact: Céline Quinsac (ceriah@pasteur.fr)

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