Institut de Biologie StructuraleGrenoble / France

Thesis proposals 2021-2022

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 CEA thesis proposals for the 2020-2021 academic year are published on the INST website

The IBS thesis subjects presently eligible for funding or cofinancing by the CEA are listed below :

- SL-DRF-21-0324 : Deciphering the crosstalk between the base excision and nucleotide excision repair pathways in bacteria (details) - Joanna Timmins (IBS/I2SR)

- SL-DRF-21-0204 : Assembly machinery of the [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site (details) - Yvain Nicolet (IBS/METALLO)

- SL-DRF-21-0560 : (forthcoming details) - Hugues Nury (IBS/MEMBRANE)

In addition, one IBS thesis subject is likely to receive funding depending on the resources available in early June :

- Understanding and improving the properties of fluorescent proteins by light-NMR (details) - Bernhard Brutscher (IBS/RMN)

Apply now ! Successful candidates will start their thesis in the fall of 2021.

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.

The next session for applications will take place mid 2021. Details of IBS thesis projects for 2021-2022 will be dispatched soon on the Doctoral Schools’ websites :
- Doctoral School in Physics : Ecole Doctorale de Physique de Grenoble
- Doctoral School in Chemistry and Life Sciences : Ecole Doctorale de Chimie et Sciences du Vivant (EDCSV)

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 2021-2022, four 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 :

  • C1IgMsite : Molecular and structural investigations of the complement C1 complex interactions with IgMs - Jean-Baptiste Reiser (IBS-CAID) & Wai-Li Ling (MEM)
  • Env-mAb : Structure of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein in complex with a novel bnAb LN02 - Winfried Weissenhorn (IBS-EBEV) & Gregory Effantin (IBS-MEM)
  • nanoLPS : Pathogen LPS recognition by immunity C-type lectins receptor in a cell-surface mimicking - Cédric Laguri (IBS-NMR) & M. Thepaut (IBS-M&P)
  • Flu-nucleocapsid : Dynamic of influenza virus nucleocapsid assembly - Thibaut Crépin (IBS-VRM) & Guy Schoehn (IBS-MEM)

Auditions are scheduled on May 03 & 04, 2021 and successfull candidates will begin their thesis in autumn 2021. More information.

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..).

- CBH Graduate School funding :

  • CALCinf : A PhD position funded by the CBH Graduate School is open to applications in the CAID group (in collaboration with the CBM/ProMIT team) for a starting date in Automn 2021. Deadline for student applications : April 30 2021.