FRANCE: 14 PhD positions available in the MSCA funded programme: EuReCa - Life Sciences

Institut Curie has launched its 3rd call for applications for its International PhD Program EuReCa. There are 14 PhD positions available and the call is open until January 10th, 2022. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions grant agreement no 847718.

EuReCa (Europe Research & Care) is Institut Curie’s international PhD Program which provides PhD students with an excellent interdisciplinary, inter-sectorial, and international training. It includes a personalized career development plan, coaching, mentoring and the possibility of undertaking secondments in partners' institutions.



Histone variant H3.3 and cellular programs during development and cancer

Thesis supervisor(s): Geneviève Almouzni & Iva Simeonova

Research group: Chromatin Dynamics

Project 1

Shaping of biological tissues by topological defects

Thesis supervisor(s): Carles Blanch-Mercader & Isabelle Bonnet

Research group: Physico-Chimie Curie Lab

Project 2

Impact of transposable element activity on genome stability and organization during meiosis

Thesis supervisor(s): Deborah Bourc’his

Research group: Epigenetics decisions and Reproduction

Project 3

Evaluation by electronic questionnaires of quality of life and fear of cancer recurrence in the follow-up of patients treated for uveal melanoma, and their relationships with satisfaction with oncologist-patient communication

Thesis supervisor(s): Anne Brédart & Sylvie Dolbeault

Research group: Psychopathology and Health Processes Laboratory

Project 4

Control of two antagonistic cellular phenotypes with a single molecule

Thesis supervisor(s): Mathieu Coppey

Research group: Light-based Observation and Control of Cellular Organization

Project 5

The role of mechano-chemical cues in vertebrate axial patterning and somite generation

Thesis supervisor(s): Karine Guevorkian and Benoit Sorre

Research group: Dynamic Control of Signaling and Gene Expression

Project 6

Causal inference for live cell imaging and single-cell multi-omics data

Thesis supervisor(s): Hervé Isambert & Pascal Hersen

Research group: Reconstruction, Analysis and Evolution of Biological Networks

Project 7

Finding a viral needle in a nuclear haystack: molecular mechanism of HIV detection by NONO-cGAS in the nucleus

Thesis supervisor(s): Xavier Lahaye & Nicolas Manel

Research group: Innate Immunity

Project 8

Studying the role of lung resident myeloid cells in the response to radiation

Thesis supervisor(s): Arturo Londoño-Vallejo & Charles Fouillade

Research group: DNA Repair, radiations and innovative cancer therapies

Project 9

Plasma membrane mechanics during the formation of the first mammalian epithelium

Thesis supervisor(s): Jean-Léon Maître

Research group: Mechanics of mammalian development

Project 10

Investigating the role of Polycomb in epigenetic regulation and inheritance during mouse germline formation and embryogenesis: study of a new member of the PRC2 complex, EZHIP (Ezh2 Inhibitory Protein) using transgenic model

Thesis supervisor(s): Raphaël Margueron & Katia Ancelin

Research group: Maintenance of Transcriptional Repression by Polycomb Proteins

Project 11

Antitumour therapy targeting the RNA interference pathway

Thesis supervisor(s): Eliane Piaggio & Enzo Poirier

Research group: Translational immunotherapy and Stem Cell Immunity

Project 12

Identification of Pediatric high-risk tumor master regulators: a pan-cancer study

Thesis supervisor(s): Gudrun Schleiermacher & Florence Cavalli

Research group: Translational Pediatric Oncology / Computational Biology and Integrative Genomics of Cancer

Project 13

Role of intracellular pathways exploited by viruses in tumor cell secretion of extracellular vesicles and their immune functions

Thesis supervisor(s): Clotilde Théry & Lorena Martin-Jaular

Research group: Extracellular vesicles, immune responses and cancer

Project 14


Applicants have to complete an online application form in English when the call is open. They may apply for 1 or 2 thesis project(s). Incomplete applications will not be eligible. No application will be accepted after the deadline January 10th, 2022 at 4:00pm CET (GMT +1). The following documents are required:

  • a CV,
  • a motivation letter,
  • a copy of the high school degree,
  • a copy of the university degrees including the European Master’s degree or equivalent master's degree (translated by the applicant in English) if already available,
  • a copy of the university grade transcript from the Master’s degree or equivalent master's degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate (translated by the applicant in English) if already available,
  • 2 recommendation letters. Referees must have submitted their recommendation letters by the end of the call. We strongly advise applicants to contact their referees as soon as possible so that referees have enough time to upload the recommendation letter online. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the 2 recommendation letters are uploaded by the referee before the call ends.


  • Early-stage researchers (ESR) shall at the call deadline be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.
  • Applicants from all countries are eligible. The applicants may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the first call deadline. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/ or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  • Applicants must be in possession of (or be about to obtain) a European master degree or equivalent master's degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.