PhD Track




The PhD track in Biology is organized around the Biology Department of Ecole Polytechnique. Research in our Department addresses the fundamental mechanisms of life such as protein translation, cytoskeleton and cell migration and its deregulation in pathologies such as cancer. To tackle these major challenges, the Department has built a solid reputation in the applications of physics to the study of life and has developed a multi-scale approach.

The main methods used to study biological molecules and their assembly are bioinformatics, ultra-fast kinetics of reaction mechanism studies, crystallography, electronic cryomicroscopy, and the development of nanoprobes. The main methods used for Cell Biology and Development are genome editing approaches to study the role of genes, in microorganisms such as embryonic development of vertebrates, and the dynamics of the proteins they encode through the development of innovative and quantitative imaging methods with increased spatio-temporal resolution.

There are two compulsory internships in the laboratory, in M1 (up to 5 months) and in M2 (6 months). In addition, the existence of a research module in M2 allows to perform up to 3 courses to refine the thesis project. Interviews with researchers, who present their research projects, are organized and we encourage direct contact between students and researchers. The thesis is therefore in a natural continuity with the Master.


Application guidelines for a PhD Track at IP Paris

Academic prerequisites

Licence/BSc (or equivalent diploma) with highest honors.

Students may also have the possibility to start the PhD Program in the second year of the MSc (4-year PhD program).

Language prerequisites


Application timeline

The deadline for PhD Track application is February 28, 2020 – Extended to March 22, 2020
Eligible applicants on the basis of the provided documentation will be contacted for an interview from the 15th of March onwards.

You shall receive an answer 2 months after the application deadline of the session.
You can check your application status by logging in your candidate space.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for year 1 and 2 (MSc): for PhD track students IP Paris has decided to subsidize the tuition fees for Years 1 and 2 bringing them down from 6250 Euros (non EU students) / 4250 Euros (EU students) to the level of the official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and innovation for EU students (243 Euros in 2019-2020) 
Annual tuition fees for year 3 to 5 (PhD): Official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and innovation ( EU and non EU students pay the EU fees ; 380 euros in 2019-2020)
An annual scholarship may be granted to the best applicants for the first 2 years (MSc). Modalities will be communicated by February 15th 2020.
Successful applicants will obtain a three-year PhD scholarship for year 3 to 5.


Yves Mechulam
Laboratoire de Biochimie- CNRS UMR7654- Biology department
Ecole polytechnique- Institut Polytechnique de Paris