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Institut de Biologie StructuraleGrenoble / France

Thesis proposals

The IBS hosts on average 50 PhD students who are either selected via national Doctoral Schools and International PhD programs (CEA) or financed by external grants from ANR, EU2020 and private foundations.

CEA funding


The CEA offers students high-level doctoral training and IBS’s laboratories participate in this program. A diverse array of research topics is available and encompasses the following domains : environmental sciences and host-pathogen interactions, structural biology and biophysics and technologies for health and medicine.
More information about CEA PhD contract are available here.

The IBS thesis subjects presently eligible for funding or cofinancing by the CEA are listed below :
- Molecular movie of a newly discovered photoenzyme by time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography at X-ray free electron lasers (details) - Contact : M. Weik (IBS/Dynamop)

Two IBS thesis subjects were eligible for funding or cofinancing by the CEA for the academic year 2020-2021. Audition took place in the spring 2020 and successfull candidates will begin their thesis in the fall 2020.
All the CEA 2020-2021 topics are published here.

Ministerial and Regional Funding

Ministerial and regional funding of PhD fellowships is also possible via the Doctoral Schools of the Université Grenoble Alpes. The IBS is affiliated with the School of Physics and the School of Chemistry and Life Sciences.

Details of IBS thesis projects for 2020-2021 are available on the following Doctoral Schools’ websites :
- Doctoral School in Physics (search for IBS proposals)
- Doctoral School in Chemistry and Life Sciences (search for IBS proposals)

GRAL funding

In the framework of the recently funded EUR “Grenoble Graduate School in Chemistry, Biology and Health” (CBH-EUR-GS), the LABEX-GRAL funds PhD scholarships in GRAL labs of the IRIG institute (IBS, BCI, BGE, CBM, and PCV).

For 2020-2021, three IBS PhD projects have been selected for funding by the GRAL Scientific Advisory Board, the GRAL Directory, and validated by the Board of Management of the Grenoble Graduate School in Chemistry, Biology, and Health :
- Photo-activation mechanism of OCP studied by time-resolved serial crystallography and NMR spectroscopy (Description), contact Jacques-Philippe Colletier (IBS/DYNAMOP) & Bernahrd Brutscher (IBS/NMR)
- Structural insight into bacterial chromatin assembly by cryo-electron tomography (Description), contact : Irina Gutsche (IBS/MICA) & Joanna Timmins (IBS/VIC)
- Structure, dynamics, and assembly of super-scaffolding complexes in MAPK cell signaling (Description), contact : Malene R. Jensen (IBS/FDP)

Auditions were scheduled early May 2020 and successfull candidates will begin their thesis in autumn 2020. To know more.

External grants

The IBS groups welcome thesis students in the context of different fundings, such as ANR funding or European funding (Marie Curie network, ERC, etc..).

A PhD position funded by EURAXESS GLYTUNES is open to application in the MICA group. GLYTUNES is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme. GLYTUNES represents a novel, pioneering platform for understanding and exploiting the Siglecs-glycans cross-talk by harnessing the synergy of combining chemical to biological, biophysical, immunological research strategies and finally translating this knowledge into novel diagnostics and therapeutics. The GLYTUNES training network involves leading scientists from academia and industry and offers doctoral research projects (PhD projects) for 14 early stage researchers (ESRs).

Consult subject ESR6 (High resolution structural analysis of Siglec oligomers by cryo-EM)

Timetable for recruitment :

  • Closing date on 28 February 2021
  • Interviews in the period 10-20 March 2021
  • Final selection by end of March 2021
  • Students should be ready to start at the hosting institutions by June-September 2021.