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)

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.

Application process

1- Call for applications  

The 2021 call is closed.  

The 2021 call for applications begins on September 17th, 2021 and ends on November 2nd, 2021. Candidates are invited to apply to the PhD project of their choice (see proposals below). To candidate, you have to fill a form available online.

2- Matching between project leaders and candidates From November 2nd, 2021 to November 16th, 2021. The project leader selects 1 candidate from among the applications received. Together, they build and send their application file (the file to be completed will be provided to project leaders from November 2).

3- Pre-selection of candidates Applications are sent to a jury which classifies and preselects the applications. Applicants will be informed of the status of their application and the follow-up to give to their applications during the second week of December 2021.

4- Interview week: selection of candidates

Candidates will be invited to come to the Imagine Institute for interview sessions between February 1st and 4th, 2022. Depending on the evolution of the pandemic, this session may be done by videoconference. Applicants will then be informed of the follow-up to give to their application.

5- Beginning of the thesis

Candidates are expected to start their PhD at Imagine during October 2022



Project 01- AIM | PI: Yanick Crow Unravelling the link between ATAD3A dysfunction and type I interferon signalling in mitochondrial disease

Project 02-FACER | PI: Marion Coolen Neuronal FAte specification defects in developmental disorders of the CERebellum

Project 03- PREDICT-JIA | PI : Mickaël Ménager Pathways and moleculaR analysEs to Derive multi-omIC signatures predictive to response to Treatment in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis 

Project 04- GABADev | PI: Thomas BLAUWBLOMME and Sorana Ciura Molecular and physiological targets for focal cortical dysplasia (FCD)

Project 05- TRAF7DevDisease | PI: Jeanne AMIEL and Chris Gordon The role of TRAF7 in tumours, development and aging

Project 06- GEN-IPD | PI: Bertrand BOISSON Genetic dissection of invasive pneumococcal disease

Project 07 – IRONLOAD | PI: Agnès Rötig Cellular mechanisms of iron overload in neurodegeneration

Project 08 - GUT-MET | PI: Nadine Cerf-Bensussan Investing pathological mechanisms underlying monogenic intestinal disorders

Project 09 -  LCA/EOSRD | PI: Isabelle Perrault Genetic deciphering of early onset and severe retinal dystrophies (EOSRD) and establishment of genotype/phenotype correlations.

Project 10 – HYPOVENTRICLE | PI: Sigolène Meilhac Origine of ventricle hypoplasia in heterotaxy

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