The International SIGNALIFE PhD program of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis is currently accepting applications for twenty 3-year PhD positions, which will start in September 2015.
The Labex (Laboratory of Excellence) SIGNALIFE is a collaborative research program in Life Sciences at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis financed by the Excellence Initiative of the French Ministry of Research. SIGNALIFE involves the leading research laboratories of the area and supports 49 top-level research teams grouped around five major topics relating to cell signaling:
1 - Cellular architecture of signaling pathways
2 – Plasticity and Signaling
3 – Stress Signaling
4 – Signaling in aging and disease progression
5 – New principles in signaling and applications
Successful candidates will enroll in the Graduate School of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (Life Sciences and Health Doctoral School). This University is a major interdisciplinary campus with over 25 000 students on the French Riviera in the South of France and has state-of-the-art facilities for biomedical and basic research.
Please note that for the 2015 PhD students wave, 19 research groups will not be offering a thesis project as they just had a SIGNALIFE PhD Student start in their lab:
Antonny, Auberger, Barbry, Descombes, Féral, Gilson, Gouzé, Gual /Tran, Hofman, Lalli, Léopold, Liti, Martin, Noselli, Panabières, Ricci, Tanti /Cormont, Thérond, Trabucchi
II – Application procedure
Candidates must have achieved academic excellence and be highly motivated to pursue a PhD project in one of the above research areas. Applicants must hold or receive, before enrollment in the program (before September 14th, 2015), a university degree that qualifies them to enter a PhD or equivalent program such as a Masters 2 diploma. A minimum of 6 months laboratory experience is essential.
The online PhD application form should be completed (see PhD application form) by March 31st, 2015 midnight. In addition to the completed form, copies of diplomas and a certified transcript (including grades) of course work (in English or French, your own translation is fine for the moment) should be uploaded as a single pdf in the PhD Application Form. If you have not yet obtained your Master diploma, please send a provisional degree and grades of your current courses. Original printed copies (and official French or English translations thereof) will be asked upon acceptance to enter the program. Upon completion of the online registration you will receive a confirmation email with your SIGNALIFE registration number.
Letters of recommendation
We require two letters of recommendations using downloaded PhD Evaluation Forms which must be sent to PhD.firstname.lastname@example.org by supervisors. These evaluation forms have to be signed and sent DIRECTLY by the supervisors (see PhD evaluation form). Please advise the persons who will submit the letters to clearly indicate your name and your SIGNALIFE registration number in the email subject. Only the SIGNALIFE PhD evaluation forms will be accepted.
IN SUMMARY the application procedure for the PhD program should include:
• PhD Application Form (on line)
• Copies of Diplomas and certified transcript of courses (on line upload as a single pdf file, in English or French)
• PhD Evaluation Form (including your registration number and emailed by supervisors to PhD.email@example.com)
III – Selection procedure
Pre-selection : the SIGNALIFE selection committee will shortlist ~60 candidates, who will receive an invitation to visit the campus (2-day visit).
Interview/on-site visit : Selected applicants will meet the SIGNALIFE selection committee for an onsite interview and visit. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by SIGNALIFE.
Final selection : The selection committee will rank applicants at the end of the visit. Acceptance letters will be sent immediately to the top candidates, who will be asked to respond within 1 week.
IV – Assignment of the PhD Thesis Supervisor
Upon acceptance in the program, students will receive a list of proposed research (PhD) subjects from the 30 participating labs* and will be asked to list his/her 8 choices. The selection committee will assign the student to three labs for one-month rotations (October-December) taking into account the student’s priorities. At the end of these rotations, the student will be asked to choose where he/she wishes to carry out his/her thesis research.
* Abad, Arkowitz, Ballotti, Braud/Anjuere, Collombat, Cristofari , Lemichez, Marie, Robichon, Schedl, Studer, Tartare-Deckert, Bardoni, Besse, Braendle, Chaboissier, Dani, Delaunay, Frendo, Fürthauer, Glaichenhaus, Hueber, Lambeau, Luton /Franco, Magnaldo /Meneguzzi, Nahon, Poirié, Rassoulzadegan, Van Obberghen, Van Obberghen-Schilling
V – Other PhD program activities
Our program offers a comprehensive package of additional training activities throughout the duration of the thesis to provide students with a range of skills important for a successful career in science. All classes will be in English:
• Scientific communication, writing skills, grant writing, career development etc.
• Practical training courses in France and Europe
• Lectures given by invited scientific experts
• Summer schools
VI – Deadlines for application and selection
• Applications should be filled out on line by March 31st, 2015 midnight at the latest.
• The 2 reference letters for each candidate including registration number should be sent by the referees to PhD.firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31st, 2015.
• Candidate’s preselection : April, 2015.
• Candidate’s on-site visit/interview: June 22 and 23, 2015.
• Final ranking and acceptance letter: End-June 2015.
• Student’s acceptance 1 week thereafter.
• Start of PhD thesis: September 2015.
VII – Thesis funding
- Duration: The PhD thesis funding is for three years. A possible 6 month extension may be offered at the end of the 3rd year.
- The arrival and installation of each student will be aided and accompanied by a dedicated PhD Program Officer, Konstanze Beck, who will provide practical, administrative and scientific advices with respect to the institutions and local authorities (i.e. lodging, visa, social security, bank account, etc.).
- Studentship: The monthly salary will be 2020€ and provides social benefits. University tuition fees will be included. An installation allowance of 1700 € upon arrival will be given to each student. Free French classes will be provided for foreigners.
website : http://signalife.unice.fr/256.php