IMéRA/Inserm: Call for applications

Through its mission statements as an institution in terms of theoretical and applied research in life sciences and health, Inserm (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) aims at advancing scientific research and fostering the transfer of such knowledge to clinical applications.

A foundation of Aix-Marseille Universit, IMéRA is an Institute for Advanced Study, a unique research centre where both emerging and top-level scientists can take advantage of residence schemes to carry out innovative research projects. IMéRA is specifically aimed at fostering cross-disciplinary projects. It receives scientists and artists of all disciplines (in residence between 3 and 10 months), as well as a few cross-disciplinary teams with joint projects for short stays (2 to 4 weeks). Residents carry out their research in connection with Aix-Marseille University (AMU) teams and laboratories or with partner bodies.

Research undertaken at the Institute is meant to develop interaction within social science, within science, between social science and hard, experimental and health sciences, and links between art and science. The Institute thus contributes to the emergence and development of world-class cross-disciplinary research approaches on Aix-Marseille University ground and grooms young researchers for such approaches.

It also enthusiastically welcomes projects bearing on Mediterranean territories or submitted by researchers from the Mediterranean rim.

In their applications, candidates should clearly demonstrate their interest in cross-disciplinary projects on the basis of their research or itineraries, by:

  • providing a list of already experienced cross-disciplinary collaborations or of publications calling for such collaboration schemes; or
  • proposing to start one such collaboration and specifying its characteristics; or
  • detailing expected contributions from cross-fertilisation of their own research program with perspectives and intellectual resources of other disciplines.


Deadline: 18 November 2016 (this date included)

Duration of residences: 3 months

Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):

  • 1 Sept to 30 Nov 2017
  • 15 Sept to 15 Dec 2017
  • 3 Oct to 30 Dec 2017

Who can qualify

IMéRA residence schemes under the specific IMéRA/Inserm Call for Applications are open to junior researchers from all countries holding a position in a foreign institution and specialized in Biomedicine, Biophysics, Bioinformatics or Health Economics.

Junior class: Researchers who have 2 to 9 years of  full-time research experience after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications.

To be eligible, scientist applicants must meet the following 4 conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have a university or research position for minimum two years as at the closing date of this call for applications;
  • Be specialized in Biomedecine, Biophysics, Bioinformatics or Health Economics

Selection criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • candidate’s course;
  • research project;
  • interdisciplinary component;
  • Interaction perspective with Inserm laboratories Aix-Marseille Region.

Living conditions

Under a partnership agreement with Inserm, IMéRA offers:


IMéRA will pay an allowance to junior researchers: €2,300 monthly allowance.


IMéRA provides free accommodation to residents in one of the apartments of the institute, situated in “Parc Longchamp” in the center of Marseille.

Requests for familial hosting at IMéRA shall absolutely be mentioned in the application form, for consideration. These requests will be satisfied within the constraints of the available accommodations at IMéRA's disposal, i.e. 14 apartments from which 4 can host families (3 apartments for a couple with one child, 1 for a couple with 2 children).


IMéRA will pay for the residents’ ticket from their usual place of residence to Marseille and back.

Research means

Within the limits of the available budget, IMéRA can fund missions and initiatives related to research projects.

IMéRA does not finance production means for resident artists planning to make pieces of work.

Resident commitments

The resident accepts the charter of the Institute which involves several commitments, including: residence at the institute, contribution to IMéRA’s activities and publications, participation in the residents’ lunch and seminar every week, and dissemination of information on the resident’s activities and achievements by IMéRA.

Application date
3 months
Social sciences
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology
Other : Biology, Computer science, Physics, mathematics and engineering, Medicine