Internships with Teachers-Researchers project

Open Internship Position at CRI Paris!

Team Name: Teachers-Researchers, INSERM U1284, Université de Paris, Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI)

Project supervisors: Ignacio Atal


Who we are and what we do

The Teachers-Researchers team at CRI is developing a program for teacher professional development based on insights from evidence-based practice, open science, and citizen science.

The program is designed to establish a community of engaged teachers and other actors of education such as teacher trainers, inspectors, school directors, and researchers, who work together during workshops following an innovative methodology for scientific collaboration. During these workshops, participants do a series of activities in which they: 1) identify the common challenges they face as educators, 2) identify the actions they could put in place to address those challenges, 3) prepare to implement those actions in their local schools, 4) report and analyse relevant data collected following action implementation, and 5) synthesise the evidence produced by several participants with the aim to identify common “best practices” that work across educational contexts.

Over the past year, we have developed a set of digital tools to support the Teachers-Researchers program. We have a dedicated website to present our methodology to a wide audience ( and a dedicated collaborative platform to conduct the workshop activities and publish the research of participants to benefit the largest audience (

Possible internship opportunities

  • What does research say? Based on previous work within the team, the intern will work with us to develop the protocol of a new workshop activity where educators find and review academic research relevant to their challenges and actions.
  • Network analysis for collaboration. The Teachers-Researchers program invites educators to collaborate during workshops. The intern will visualize and analyse the collaboration using network analyses.
  • Pathways to institutionalisation. In the Teachers-Researchers program, educators regularly meet during workshops to conduct their research. However, teachers rarely benefit from officially recognised time to do so. Building upon previous work and in close relationship with our institutional partners from Académie de Montpellier, the intern will identify pathways to institutionalise the time spent by educators in conducting collaborative research.
  • Translation of the materials to other languages. The Teachers-Researchers program is currently in French but could benefit educators in other countries. As a first step, the intern will help translate some of the materials (e.g. protocols and templates) from French to English or other languages .
  • Core competencies and attitudes of community facilitators. As part of the Teachers-Researchers program, we train facilitators to build and manage local communities of educators that join the program. The intern will be in charge of developing the core competencies and attitudes of facilitators using a Delphi method for consensus. This will help the team improve their current training for community facilitators.

Start of the mission Flexible depending on your needs

Duration 3-6 month (to be discussed)

Gratification ~600€ / month

Place of work CRI (8bis rue Charles V, 75004, Paris) Remote work could be discussed

Interested students should send their CV to :

We believe in community diversity as a driving force of excellence. Therefore, we strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Gene expression and Ageing

Open Internship Position at CRI Paris!

Team Name: Understanding the end-of-life (UTELab), INSERM U1284, Université de Paris, Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI)

Project supervisors: Michael Rera , Flaminia Zane


Deciphering change in gene expression associated with ageing and death in Drosophila melanogaster


Ageing is a process affecting a broad range of living organisms. In humans and multiple model organisms, it is characterized by an age-dependent decrease in functional efficiency and increased vulnerability to death. The classical approach for studying ageing involves comparing individuals of different chronological age. Even if deregulation in certain pathways and mechanisms have been identified as associated with ageing (López-Otı́n et al., 2013), a comprehensive picture of the process is still missing. We believe the inability to look at the physiological age of individuals rather than their chronological age is an important limiting factor in ageing research. Our lab has described a new age-dependent and death-related phenotype in Drosophila melanogaster. By looking at the increase in the intestinal permeability to a blue food dye, we are able to identify individuals committed to death in a few days (Rera at al, 2012). These individuals, called “Smurf”, are the only ones, among a population, to exhibit various age-related changes and high-risk of impending death whatever their chronological age; we therefore hypothesized Smurfness to be a good proxy to follow physiological age of single individuals (Tricoire et Rera, 2015). Through whole body RNAseq on drosophila, we have demonstrated (unpublished data) that Smurfs present a stereotyped transcriptome independently of their chronological age, overlapping what has been previously described as aged-transcriptome (Stageman et al, 2017). Our bioinformatic analysis has led to the identification of a) putative genes which activity could affect Smurfs transition and b) putative pathways deregulated at the end-of-life. The internship aims at experimentally validating these results. The student will 1) validate the effect of alteration of the putative Smurfs-genes on Drosophila lifespan through GeneSwitch longevity assay; 2) investigate the change in expression of Smurfs specific genes with age in different tissues (qPCR); 3) according to the length of the internship, investigate structural changes in the tissues of interest identified in (2) that might link the specific gene-alteration to the organ failure occurring in the Smurf phase.

Where and when:

The internship will take place in the second semester of the academic year 2020-2021, 5 / 6 months, starting in spring at latest (but preferences can be discussed). Our lab is based at CRI, an interdisciplinary research center gathering researchers with the most different background ( The internship is wet-lab based, but interest/previous experience in bioinformatic is welcomed, even if not required. Salary is 550 € a month. Feel free to contact us for any additional information/discussion.

Interested students should send their CV to : Michael Rera and Flaminia Zane

We believe in community diversity as a driving force of excellence. Therefore, we strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.