The Pasteur - Paris University International Doctoral Program

-An international PhD program in Life Sciences and Biomedicine, Academic year 2009-2010, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France -

In 2009, the Institut Pasteur, the leading biomedical research institute founded by Louis Pasteur in 1888 and located in central Paris (France), will inaugurate a new international PhD program in collaboration with several major Paris universities for students holding a Master degree (or equivalent) in Science, Medicine or related fields from a university outside of France.


The Pasteur – Paris University Doctoral Program offers cutting edge training in a large variety of topics including Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Structural Biology, Enzymology and Metabolism, Biological Chemistry, Virology, Parasitology, Medical Mycology, Epidemiology, Infectiology, Imaging, Neurosciences, Developmental Biology and Systems Biology.


Students will conduct their research in one of the 120 laboratories of the Institut Pasteur. They will be immersed in an exciting, dynamic and interactive research environment that includes access to a large variety of core facilities with state-of-the art equipment. Students will extend their knowledge by attending specialized courses and will benefit from a vast seminar program that attracts major speakers from all over the world. At the end of their studies (typically three years), students will defend their PhD according to European guidelines. The Institut Pasteur and the affiliated university will jointly award the degree. Candidates will be selected on a competitive basis.


Students will receive a stipend to cover their living expenses for the duration of their studies and will be eligible for social benefits, including medical coverage, available to all students registered at a French University. Accommodation in student residences will also be available.


The Institut Pasteur has 10 research departments covering key major disciplines. Candidates are encouraged to contact head of departments or of groups within departments before applying. Applicants should submit their complete CV, a letter of motivation (including the groups in which they would like to work and the reasons for their choice) and the names of two or more referees (usually course directors or research supervisors) by E-mail to phd@pasteur.fr by December 31, 2008.

All applications will be acknowledged. Short-listed candidates will be called for interview and successful candidates will be notified by March 31, 2009.


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