PostDoc cancer biology, IGMM Montpellier, France


We are currently inviting applications from enthusiastic and independent post-doctoral candidates to join the project:

Role and function of the Fra-1/AP-1 oncogenic transcription factor in metastatic breast cancer

Project: The Fra-1 protein is a component of the ubiquitous family of AP- 1/(Fos-Jun) transcriptional complexes, which exerts major roles in physiology and pathology. It is abnormally overexpressed in hyperphosphorylated forms in the so-called Triple Negative Breast Cancers (TNBCs), where it plays a key role in aggressiveness and metastasis. Thereby, it participates to the dismal prognosis of these cancers. Despite its well established biological importance in TNBCs (as well as in other epithelial cancers), neither its target genes nor the mechanisms whereby it transcriptionally controls their expression have been studied in detail.

Therefore, the proposed project aims at elucidating the transcriptional actions of Fra-1 in TNBC pathology. It is based on recent genome-wide transcriptomic and genomic data and involves the study of epigenetic modifications of chromatin incuding by post-translational modifiers of the SUMO family.

The candidate must hold a PhD degree in Life Sciences with, preferably a solid background in transcription, post-translational modifications and molecular biology. Skills in epigenomics, cell signaling and bioinformatics will be a plus.

The project is funded by the EpiGenMed Laboratory of Excellence ( for 2 years. Applications for a longer stay are possible. The position is immediately available.

Host institute: The Institute of Molecular Genetics of Montpellier (IGMM; is a dynamic research institute located on one of the two CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) campus of Montpellier (> 500 persons working in life sciences and biomedical research). It offers state-of-the-art equipments and all technological facilities required by the project and constitutes an excellent environment for high quality and intensive scientific life and training. Montpellier is a major area of the French research in Life Sciences. It is also a highly lively city located in a beautiful region on the French Mediterranean coast.

Institute of Molecular Genetics of Montpellier (IGMM), CNRS, UMR 5525, Montpellier, France

"Oncogenesis and Immunotherapy" group of IGMM (M. Piechaczyk)

Please send one PDF file to:

marc.piechaczyk [AT] igmm.cnrs [DOT] fr containing:

- a cover letter with statement of research interest

- a concise summary of previous research activity

- a CV including publication list

and contact details for 3-3 referees.