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In 2009, the Institut Pasteur, the world leading biomedical research institute founded by Louis Pasteur in 1887, inaugurated the Pasteur Paris-University (PPU) international doctoral program in collaboration with several major Parisian science universities for students holding a Master degree (or equivalent) from a university outside of France and who have not worked or resided in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to their recruitment.
Students conduct their research in one of the 120 laboratories of the Institut Pasteur that offers cutting edge training in a large variety of topics covering Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Structural Biology, Enzymology and Metabolism, Biological Chemistry, Virology, Parasitology, Medical Mycology, Epidemiology, Infectiology, Imaging, Neurosciences, Developmental Biology and Systems Biology. In addition, PPU students will receive specific courses on soft skills, as Oral Presentation, Journal Club, Workshop on Ethics, French Lessons. (Educational program)
Students are part of the Pasteurian community with whom they share their passion for science and wish to contribute to the prevention and treatment of diseases. Students are immersed in an exciting, dynamic and interactive research environment including access to a large variety of core facilities with state-of-the art equipment.
They can extend their knowledge by attending specialized courses and benefiting from a vast seminar program attracting major speakers from all over the world. At the end of their studies (typically three years), students defend their PhD according to European guidelines.
The call opens in September and students are selected on a competitive basis. Candidates are first selected by host laboratories and their applications are presented to the selection committee by mid-November. Candidates who are short listed by the selection committee are then interviewed during February, with results communicated by the end of February. Selected students are enrolled in the following October for a three-year contract.
Students selected through the PPU receive a salary from Institut Pasteur to cover their living expenses and health insurance. The program benefits from financial support by Institut Pasteur, European Community, partner institutions, governmental agencies and private foundations.
Assistance with administrative issues and for accommodation in student residences, including the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, will also be available. (Financial support and benefit)