Post-doctoral scientist in epidemiology

Job type :  Postdoctoral fellow / Research fellow

BAP : A (Life sciences) or E (IT, Statistics and scientific computing)

The Centre for Research in Epidemiology and StatisticS (CRESS, Inserm, Paris, France / joint unit with Université de Paris) is looking for a dynamic post-doctoral scientist to lead epidemiological research on children’s screen use. The successful candidate will be placed under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Bernard, an Inserm researcher, from the research team on the EARly Origins of Health (EAROH team, headed by Dr Marie-Aline Charles).
The EAROH team from the CRESS is internationally recognised for its leading-edge research on the early life factors involved in child health and development. This research relies on two epidemiological cohort studies following several thousands of children since birth: the EDEN mother-child cohort and the nationwide ELFE birth cohort. Furthermore, Dr Jonathan Bernard sustains a long standing collaboration with the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS, Agency for Science, Technology and Research) and Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH, National University of Singapore) which drive the GUSTO mother-child cohort, a study similar to EDEN and ELFE.
The successful candidate will dedicate his or her research to the iSCAN project, funded for four years by the French National Agency for Research (ANR, 2021-2024). This project aims to examine the impacts of screen use on the child’s cardiometabolic, adiposity and neurodevelopmental outcomes. It has four axes, with the first three axes involving all three cohorts and the fourth axis solely on EDEN cohort: 1) describing patterns and trajectories of screen use during childhood, and identifying their determinants, 2) examining the associations between screen use, adiposity and cardiometabolic health, 3) examining the associations with neurodevelopment and sleep, and 4) implementing and managing collection of data on screen use in adolescents. The postdoctoral fellow will oversee Axis 1 and contribute, depending on his or her curriculum, to at least one other axis.

Main responsibilities
• Exploring and executing advanced statistical analyses
• Drafting and publishing peer-reviewed scientific articles, in English and/or in French
• Presenting results to national and international conferences

Associated responsibilities
• Reviewing current literature
• Managing and enhancing databases
• Presenting research progress on a regular basis
• Contributing to the project management through meetings and videoconferences
• Collaborating closely with investigators from three cohorts
• Supervising master trainees

Required knowledge
Advanced knowledge in:
• Epidemiology and public health
• Causal inference
• Biostatistics, bioinformatics
General knowledge in:
• Pediatrics, child health and development
• Physiology, human nutrition, physical activity, health behaviours
• Developmental psychology

Technical skills
• Mastering SAS and/or R programming
• Advanced skills with office softwares and computers

Soft skills
• Fluent in writing, speaking, understanding English and/or French
• Curiosity, critical thinking, and strong taste for statistical analysing
• Autonomy and initiative spirit
• Conscientiousness
• Synthesis capability
• Team player

Job specificities and constraints
• Desk bound and screen-based sedentary behaviour
• Remote collaboration with investigators based in UTC+8 time zone
• Sporadic commute to meet collaborators within Paris
• Sporadic travels (once per year) to meet collaborators based in Singapore

• Recent and powerful laptop
• Job compatible with partial working from home
• Access to Inserm’s professional training catalogue
• Access to Inserm’s recreational/leisure benefits
• Subsidized professional catering

Required experience
• Experience with longitudinal cohort studies involving children will be ideal

Required diploma
• PhD in epidemiology, public health or biostatistics


Laboratory information

Unit number : U1153
Title : Centre for Research in Epidemiology and StatisticS (CRESS)
>> Research team on the Early origins of health (EAROH)

Team head
Dr Marie-Aline Charles

Reports to
Jonathan Bernard ;
Active collaboration with other investigators from the EAROH team, and investigators from the EDEN (, ELFE ( and GUSTO ( cohorts

Hôpital Paul Brousse, 16 avenue Paul Vaillant-Couturier, 94807 Villejuif, France
Regional office
Délégation régionale Paris 5



Type : Fixed-term contract
Duration : 24 months
Gross salary :  €2,620 – €3,007 per month, based on experience and Inserm salary grid
Paid leave : 32 days + 13 days per year
Starting date : February 2021

To apply:
Please send a detailed CV (including a full list of publications), a cover letter and a reference letter, by specifying the offer number before Dec 1st, 2020 to Édith LESIEUX (