Call for PhD student applications


In the framework of the Chemistry Biology Health Graduate School of Université Grenoble Alpes, the GRAL research programme funds PhD scholarships at BioSanté, IBS, LCBM, and LPCV.

The following 5 PhD projects have been selected for funding by the GRAL Scientific Advisory Board, the GRAL Directory, and the Board of Management of the Chemistry Biology Health Graduate School, to start in autumn 2022:

PhD supervisors PhD project Team / Group
Aurélien Deniaud & Pierre-Henri Jouneau Liver-Architecture: Multiscale 3D electron microscopy to decipher Liver Architecture
Summary – Liver-Architecture Applications are closed
LCBM – Met&Or
Antoine Royant & Jérôme Dupuy InfraredFP800: Development of infrared fluorescent proteins with emission towards 800 nm
Summary – InfrafredFP800
Deadline for applications: 31 May 2022
(candidates will be considered as they apply)
Dimitris Petroutsos & Romain Blanc-Mathieu CO2NTROL: Remote control of gene expression by CO2 in green microalgae
Summary – CO2NTROL Applications are closed
LPCV – Flo_Re
Véronique Hugouvieux MADOF: Evolution of MADS Transcription Factors and the Origin of the Flower
Summary – MADOF Applications are closed
LPCV – StrucDev
Rebekka Wild & Hugues Lortat-Jacob GlycoWall: Molecular insight into yeast cell wall polysaccharide synthesis
Summary – GlycoWall Applications are closed


Candidates must directly contact the PhD supervisor(s) to apply.

GRAL PhD funding includes 3 years of salary (fixed-term contract, gross salary: 1,975€ per month, including national health insurance) and 10,000€ of funding for PhD operating costs (research consumables, equipment, training, publication costs, travel to conferences…) per year.


  • Deadline of the call for PhD projects applications: December 2020
  • Opening of the call for student applications: March 2022
  • Deadline for student applications: 17 April 2022 or until candidates have been selected for the interview. Different deadline may apply for the different projects.
  • Interviews of PhD candidates: 5-6 May 2022
  • Results: May 2022
  • Registration at Université Grenoble Alpes and start of PhD project: autumn 2022


The candidate(s) selected by the PhD supervisor(s) must send the following documents in a unique pdf file to GRAL’s Executive Manager by May 2 2022 (23:59, CET):

  • The application file, filled, dated, and signed (the PhD supervisor or GRAL’s Project Manager will provide the template)
  • A cover letter (one page maximum)
  • A detailed CV
  • A letter of support from the PhD supervisor(s) *
  • A letter of recommendation from the Master 2 supervisor (available template) *
  • Academic transcripts equivalent to the 1st semester of the 2nd year of a Master programme, in English or French, if possible including ranking and equivalence to French grading systems
  • Diploma(s) and academic transcripts equivalent to a 1st year of MSc (or 3-yr BSc and 1 year of MSc), in English or in French
  • Level of language proficiency (e.g. TOEIC, Bulats, etc.) if available / appropriate

* if the PhD supervisor is also the Master 2 supervisor, this can be one document only, and the candidate may include a letter of recommendation from a previous supervisor