URGO Foundation post-doctoral fellowship

URGO Foundation post-doctoral fellowship on endometriosis

Post-doctoral position for research on endometriosis


Endometriosis is a chronic disease in which lesions resembling endometrial tissue are found outside the uterus, mainly in the abdominopelvic cavity. It may affect 10% of women of childbearing age. Its pathophysiology and epidemiology remain poorly understood, as is its heterogeneity (histological, cellular, genetic, epigenetic, intra- and/or inter-lesion). Many factors are under investigation including genetic and epigenetic ones, inflammation, and the role of stem cells. Endometriosis results in a variety of symptoms including pain, infertility, alteration in quality of life. The diagnosis and research on epidemiology are hampered by a lack of relevant models and biomarkers.

A one-year post-doctoral position (extendable to one more year) is available and is funded by the URGO Foundation. 

The candidate must hold a PhD and provide a research project identifying the host laboratory.

The host laboratory must be an Inserm unit. Importantly, the host lab will benefit from up to 10k¤ funding/year for the duration of the project.

Any project relevant to endometriosis is acceptable. Candidates without prior background on this topic are welcome to apply. The same applies to the host lab. As non-exclusive examples, projects coming from the fields of neurosciences (mechanisms of pain), cancer (cellular heterogeneity) or genetics are welcome[1]provided that they aim at advancing the knowledge of endometriosis mechanisms and/or treatment. 

The project must be essentially feasible within 2 years. 

Applications must be written in English, using the provided template

Additional documents to provide:

  • At least 2 reference letters for the applicant
  • An application letter from the applicant (download here)
  • A letter from the director of the host laboratory indicating that he/she agrees to host the applicant, his/her motivation to work on the project, and that he/she will provide the means to conduct the research project

All documents must be assembled within a single pdf.

Deadline for submitting the application: November 2nd, 2022 at 6:00pm.

Send applications and inquiries to jean.rosenbaum@inserm.fr The applications will be reviewed by an independent scientific committee. It is expected that the candidate selection will be done in November 2022 and that the laureate can start working as early as January 2023.

Download the text of the call as pdf

[1] Several examples of research priorities as proposed by expert groups can be found at: 

DOI: 10.1177/1933719116654991 ; doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2019.02.033 doi.org/10.1051/medsci/2022027

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