Institut Imagine participates in the Pasteur Paris-University (PPU) program for the recruitment of international doctoral students in collaboration with several Parisian universities.



Who is this program for?

It is intended for students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) from a university outside France and who have not worked or resided in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years preceding their recruitment.

The selection of the PPU-IMAGINE program is organized by Institut Imagine and selected students carry out their research in one of Institut Imagine lab.


Why join Institut Imagine?

By joining the program, students gain access to a stimulating and ideal environment for the training and career development of young researchers.

In addition, students can expand their knowledge by taking specialized courses and benefiting from an extensive seminar program with speakers from around the world. Students enrolled in the IMAGINE program will have access to the following activities or workshops offered by the PPU program.

  • Workshop on Integrity and Ethics 
  • French Courses
  • Retreat
  • Thematic Club
  • Robotics workshop
  • Meeting with the Dean
  • General workshops
  • Other PPU social activities (Luncheons)

The call for applications is open from September 18 to November 2, 2020 and students are selected on a competitive basis. Candidates are first pre-selected by the host laboratories and their applications are then presented to a selection committee.

Candidates selected by the selection committee are then interviewed. Selected students start in the following October.

Doctoral students selected to follow this programme at Institut Imagine will benefit from a specific 3-year employment contract with a net pre-tax salary of €2,000 (including health insurance, mutual insurance and provident funds) and the possibility of accommodation at the Cité International Universitaire de Paris.

At the end of their studies (usually three years), students support their PhD according to European guidelines.

Call for Applications 2020

If you are interested in one of the projects, please contact the project leader directly with a copy to

For further information on this call for projects, please contact Elodie Dandelot.


Identifying inborn errors of immunity predisposing to severe forms of COVID-19

Laurent Abel | Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases Laboratory

KEYWORDS: Severe viral infections, human genetics, inborn errors of immunity, next generation sequencing, COVID-19, influenza, computational genetics

Genetic and pathological mechanisms involved in developmental defects of the cerebelLum

Vincent Cantagrel |  Developmental brain disorders laboratory

KEYWORDS: Cerebellum, Cognitive and motor defects, development, zebrafish, iPSCs.

The human genetic and immunological basis of invasive pneumococcal disease

Bertrand Boisson | Human genetics of infectious diseases Laboratory

KEYWORDS: severe bacterial infection, Streptococcus pneumoniae, inborn errors of immunity, NF-kB pathway

Genetic Dissection of severe viral infections

Emmanuelle Jouanguy | Human genetic of infectious diseases Laboratory

KEYWORDS: viral infections, genetic predisposition, interferons

Single cell approaches for the study of inflammatory intestinal disease

Nadine Cerf-Bensussan | Laboratory of Intestinal Immunity

KEYWORDS: inflammatory bowel diseases, monogenic disorders, single cell approaches

DNA damage/repair coupling as a safeguard against genetic instability: V(D)J recombination as a paradigm

Jean-Pierre de Villartay | Genome Dynamics in the Immune System Laboratory

KEYWORDS: V(D)J recombination, DNA damage and repair, Genome instability, Cancer

Integrated Gene and Proteomic Signatures in Darier and Hailey-Hailey Diseases

Alain Hovnanian | Genetic skin diseases: from disease mechanisms to treatments Laboratory

KEYWORDS: genetic skin disease, Darier disease, Hailey-Hailey disease, mRNA sequencing, proteomics, epidermal differentiation, acantholysis, calcium, SERCA2, SPCA1

From novel mutations to development of animal models in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Edor Kabashi | Translational Research for Neurological Diseases Laboratory

KEYWORDS: ALS, C9orf72, neuron-glia interactions, drug screening

Understanding FGF signaling to treat spinal defects

Legeai-Mallet Laurence | Molecular and physiopathological bases of osteochondrodysplasia Laboratory

KEYWORDS: Axial skeleton, Intervertebral disc, Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 3, dwarfism

Programmed Cell Death of transient neurons in normal and pathological development of cortical circuits

Alessandra Pierani | Genetic and Development of Cerebral Cortex Laboratory

KEYWORDS: programmed cell death, transient neurons, cerebral cortex, development, epilepsy

Graph representation learning on clinical & multi-omics data for improved rare-diseases diagnosis and patient-stratification

Antonio Rausell | Clinical Bioinformatics Lab

KEYWORDS: Artificial Intelligence, Multi-omics, Rare diseases, Genetic diagnosis, Patient stratification, Graph-representation learning

Identification and characterization of intronic variants in hereditary renal diseases

Sophie Saunier | Laboratory of hereditary kidney diseases

KEYWORDS: rare renal diseases / intronic variants / induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) / kidney organoids

Actin cytoskeleton in cell migration in 3D-environments

Fernando Sepulveda | Molecular basis of altered immune homeostasis laboratory

KEYWORDS: actin, cell migration, leukocytes, primary immunodeficiencies, microdevices


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