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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.

The Junior Chair programme has been revised. More information here: Pre-recruitment chairs - University of Bordeaux (u-bordeaux.com)

Applications are open to all scientific fields. However, IdEx université de 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) in any of the IdEx Bordeaux partnering institution during the 2019 recruitment campaigns are eligible for 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.



Vanessa Zhendre
Program manager

Tel : 05 40 00 67 82


2019 Call for applications

Eligibility criteria

Eligible candidates are researchers meeting the following criteria:

  • Two to ten years of postdoctoral experience (doctorate obtained between January 1 2009 and January 1 2017). This period may be extended to a maximum of twelve years upon duly justified request (maternity/paternity leave, career interruption, etc.) prior to 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 université de Bordeaux partnering 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 or the online application platform.
  3. Once all the requested documents are completed, go to the online application platform 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 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 will 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.

The grant awarding will be decided by the IdEx université de Bordeaux Management committee.

Provisional calendar*

  • October 19 2018: publication of the call
  • October 30 2018: start of the application process
  • January 21 2019: deadline for applications
  • May 2 2019 (provisional): interview of selected candidates
  • May 2019: communication of results

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

4 campaigns since 2014  13 Chairs attributed to young and promising researchers 12 laboratories involved

Junior IdEx Chair, researcher in biological anthropology at the laboratory of Prehistory to the present: culture, environment and anthropology (PACEA)Vitale Sparacello © Ludovica Raiola

I am a biological anthropologist from Italy, where I obtained an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences in 2005. In 2007, I was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship from the US Department of State to continue my Graduate career in the United States. In July 2013, I obtained a Ph.D. in evolutionary anthropology from the University of New Mexico. During my postgraduate work at Durham University (UK), I studied the biological evidence for pathologies and trauma, skeletal functional adaptations, and funerary treatment in Upper Paleolithic Gravettian and Epigravettian burials (c. 30-11,700 BP), in particular from the Arene Candide cave (Liguria, Italy).The PACEA lab is the ideal environment to continue my studies, given the presence of international researchers specialized in the bioarchaeology of the Upper Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods of Europe. In the next three years, I will expand the study of the correlates between biological traits and funerary behavior to the Neolithic of Liguria. The area is known for the discovery of some of the earliest clear cases of skeletal tuberculosis in prehistoric people. A re-assessment of this large skeletal series using modern technology will allow for a better understanding of the biological consequences of neolithization, and will explore their possible influences on funerary practices during this key transition to a more sedentary agricultural and pastoral economy.

Vitale Sparacello,
Junior IdEx Chair, researcher in biological anthropology at the laboratory of Prehistory to the present: culture, environment and anthropology (PACEA)