5 positions available at the Institut Curie, Paris (France)


5 positions in Institut Curie’s research labs are currently available for the 2019 call for applications at Institut Curie in the frame of the International PhD program.
Applications can be submitted via the online application portal until February 6th 2019, 5:00pm CET (GMT +1).


1. The geometry of developmental time – Dissecting temporal cell-fate acquisition during C. elegans development

Wolfgang Keil / Axel Buguin
Research group: Quantitative Developmental Biology
Keywords: lncRNA, epigenetics, single-cell, transcription, cancer

Project 1
2. Long noncoding RNAs as master regulators of intratumoral heterogeneity and tumor progression

Antonin Morillon / Marina Pinskaya
Research group :  Non Coding RNA, Epigenetic and Genome Fluidity
Keywords: lncRNA, epigenetics, single-cell, transcription, cancer

Project 2
3. Control of cell emigration in development and cancer: from single cell to integrated in vivo level

Anne-Helene Monsoro-Burq / Leon Peshkin
Research group: Signaling and Neural Crest Development
Keywords: Single cell transcriptomics, Single cell imaging, epithelium-to-mesenchyme transition, metastasis, cell migration

Project 3
4. Imaging at the single molecule level of nuclear organization and genome stability in quiescent cells

Judith Miné-Hattab / Angela Taddei
Research group: Compartmentalization and Dynamics of Nuclear Functions
Keywords: Nuclear organization, Genome stability, quiescence, Photo Activable Localization Microscopy (PALM), Single particle tracking (SPT)

Project 4
5. The tubulin code as a new therapeutic target – from single molecules to organisms

Carsten Janke / Magda Magiera
Research group: Regulation of microtubule dynamics and functions
Keywords: Microtubule cytoskeleton, tubulin code, tubulin glutamylation, organelle transport, neurodegeration

Project 5

If you are interested in working with research teams at Institut Curie that are not listed above, please contact us. We will be happy to help you exploring other options to join Institut Curie.


Download the Applicant’s guide here.

Link to apply: https://ic3iphd.curie.fr/application/login.php 


Entirely organized in English, this program is aimed at:

  • students with (or about to obtain) a Master’s degree, or with a university degree equivalent to a European master’s degree (five-year duration),
  • who have obtained their Master’s degree no later than 2 years ago,
  • who have not studied, worked or lived in France for more than 12 months during the three years prior to the end of the call for applications.


Jan. – Feb. 2019 Call for applications
February 2019 Eligibility check of applications – results mid-March
April 2019 First selection round: evaluation of applications – results mid-April
May 15 – 17 2019 Second selection round: interviews held at Institut Curie – results beginning of June
Oct. 2019 Start of 3-year working contract


Applicants will have to complete an online application form in English when the call for applications is open. Incomplete applications will not be eligible. No application will be accepted after the deadline: February 6, 2019 at 5:00PM CET (GMT +1).
Applicants may apply for one thesis project via the online application system. The following documents are required:

  • A CV
  • A motivation letter
  • A copy of the applicant’s high school degree
  • A copy of the applicant’s master’s degree or equivalent five-year university degree (translated by the applicant into English)
  • A copy of the university grade transcript from the master’s degree or equivalent five-year university degree (translated by the applicant into English)
  • Two recommendation letters. Referees need to have submitted their recommendation letters by the end of the call for applications. We strongly advise applicants to contact their referees as soon as possible so that they have enough time to upload the recommendation letter online. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the two recommendation letters are sent before the end of the call for applications.


Eligibility check

At the end of the call for applications, applicants will be informed of their eligibility via email. Eligible applicants will go through the first selection round.

First selection round

  • Pre-selection of the 20 applications per project from the Governing Board and the Team Leaders
  • Evaluation by the Review Committee

A review committee composed of scientists from Institut Curie and experts from partner universities and organizations will rank the applications. For each PhD thesis project, applicants will be ranked and either shortlisted, put on a waiting list, or not selected.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for the second selection round.
International applicants wishing to apply for the IC-3i PhD Program should inquire about the visa procedure regarding their country, in preparation for the interview session in Paris.

Second selection round – Selection Committee interview session

All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the Selection Committee during a three-day visit at Institut Curie in Paris on May 15-17, 2019.
They will visit the host laboratory, Institut Curie’s campus, the Curie museum and Institut Curie’s technology platforms. Institut Curie will provide accommodation, food and reimburse travel expenses (economy fare).

Feedback and redress process

Within a week of disclosure of the results (eligibility, first and second selection round), applicants can appeal the decision by contacting .

Evaluation criteria

Applicants will be evaluated by the review committee on three main criteria. Reviewers will evaluate the extent to which the application meets the criteria by using a scale from 0 = Fail to 10 = Outstanding.

Evaluation criteria Weight

Academic experience
Academic excellence (incl. prizes, dual degree, international programs, exchange programs)

Professional experience

Recommendation letters
Work experience (training programs), both academic and private
Laboratory and theoretical experience
Cross-domain and international experience

Personal experience

Motivation letter
Knowledge of English
Volunteering or community service
Openness and creativity