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.
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).
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.
Successful applicants will obtain a three-year PhD scholarship for year 3 to 5.