Junior Chairs

Junior Chairs© Marta Benito

Objective: supporting young high-level researchers in their own research activity in one of Bordeaux’s laboratories.

Support is thus provided to young researchers coming to do research in Bordeaux in any field, having demonstrated a capacity to lead a research team at the highest level.

Applications are open to all scientific fields. However, IdEx Bordeaux is built on a number of scientific priorities and proposals in these areas or at the interfaces between them will be examined with particular attention. Candidates bringing new skills to develop emerging research areas and researchers with an industrial background are welcome to apply.

Researchers preparing applications for academic tenured positions (assistant professor, professor or researcher positions) at any of the IdEx Bordeaux partnering institution during the 2017 recruitment campaigns are eligible to this funding scheme. Candidates are encouraged as well to apply for other French and international funding schemes that may be cumulated with IdEx Bordeaux funding (ERC, Atip AVENIR, ANR JCJC, etc…).


The chairs will be funded for a period of up to three years.


The amount of the grant may cover the salary of the chair holder, expenses resulting from setting up a research lab (purchase of small equipment), a technician or a postdoctoral researcher salary and operational costs.



Carlos Mendoza
Research program manager

Tel : 05 40 00 67 52


2017 Call for applications

Eligibility criteria

Eligible candidates are researchers meeting the following criteria:

  • Two to ten years of postdoctoral experience. This period may be extended to a maximum of twelve years upon duly justified request (maternity/paternity leave, career interruption, etc.) prior to the application.
  • Outstanding scientific record (publications, patents, etc.);
  • Applicants must be supported by a local host laboratory;
  • Applicants should not have previously held a research position (including PhD) at the University of Bordeaux or any other IdEx partner institution before applying to this program.


In order to submit your application, please follow these steps:

  1. Identify the proper local scientific environment for your project.
  2. Prepare your application by downloading Documents A, B and C from the website.
  3. Once all the requested documents are completed, go to the Junior Chairs application page and fill in the application form.
  4. Attach the requested documents in the indicated formats.
  5. Submit the application online.

Evaluation process

Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Scientific career, achievements and international recognition.
  • Scientific project and its pertinence within the site’s scientific priorities.
  • Potential for acquiring other funding within 2 years.
  • Perspectives of sustainability of the research subject in the mid- to long-term.

The peer review evaluation process will involve two phases:

  • After the eligibility check, a first evaluation will be conducted by a scientific board based on the excellency of the candidate and of the scientific project. The scientific board may gather the opinions of external experts on the very specific subjects addressed by the proposals.
  • Selected candidates from the first evaluation phase will be invited to come to Bordeaux for interviews conducted by the scientific board.

Provisional calendar*

  • September 26 2016: start of the application process.
  • November 27 2016: deadline for applications.
  • April 7 2017: interviews by the general panel. 
  • End April 2017: Communication of results.

*any change of the provisional calendar will be announced on the dedicated web page.

3 campaigns since 2014  8 Chairs attributed to young and promising researchers 7 laboratories involved
(Incia, Biogeco, ICMCB, Immuno ConcEpT, IBGC, LOMA, PACEA) 
Milos Filipovic, biochemistry researcher at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, will move to Bordeaux in January 2016© Milos Filipovic

Last year I was interviewed for a group leader position at the Institute of Biochemistry and Cellular Genetics in Bordeaux and was then offered a position. The Institute’s research expertise matches perfectly with my own research interests and my overall impression was that the researchers collaborate together as one big family. This made me sure of my decision to come to France. The next challenge was to obtain research funding. However, I was lucky to get a CNRS CR1 position together with an Initiative of Excellence Junior Chair position and an Atip Avenir grant.

Milos Filipovic,
Biochemistry researcher at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Bordeaux since January 2016

Frédéric Friscourt, chimiste arrivé à l’Institut européen de chimie et biologie (IECB) en octobre 2014

After 10 years abroad, I wanted to return to France. I had read a summary of the research of Ivan Huc in a journal, and that’s how I found out about the Institut européen de chimie et biologie (IECB), an interdisciplinary chemistry and biology institute with a system that allows young researchers to be independent. That’s what I was looking for – to be the leader of my own team. And from a geographical point of view, Bordeaux seemed a pleasant place to live. For my financing, I was awarded an IdEx Junior Chair which matched my needs. This Chair is crucial for my laboratory since, in addition to my salary and the cost of equipment purchases, it will finance my post-doctorate. After 10 years abroad, this IdEx Chair at IECB is a good way of coming back into the French system and, at the same time, getting real support for my research.

Frédéric Friscourt,
Chemist who arrived at IECB in October 2014