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 BGE, BioSanté, IBS, LCBM, and LPCV.

The following 4 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 2024:

PhD supervisors PhD project Host lab – team
Maxim Balakirev & Alice Nicolas Tissuloid model for studying tissue self-organization
Summary – Tissuloid
BGE – Biomics
Allison Ballandras-Colas & Rob Ruigrok Molecular mechanism of avian influenza virus inhibition by the human restriction factor MxA
Summary – Flu-MxA
Application deadline: March 31st 2024
IBS – VRM group, team Crépin
Jan Kadlec Structure-function study of the nuclear cap-binding complex mediated RNA export
Summary – CBC
Application deadline: March 31st 2024
IBS – EPIGEN group, team Kadlec
Alexandra Colin & Laëtitia Kurzawa Reconstitution of competitive dynamic actin architectures
Summary – Competitive-Architectures
Application deadline: May 1st 2024
LPCV – Cytomorpholab


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

GRAL PhD funding includes 3 years of salary (fixed-term contract, gross salary: 2,044€ gross salary per month (2,100€ after January 1st 2025), including national health insurance) and 10,000€ per year to fund PhD operating costs (research consumables, small equipment, training, publication costs, travel to conferences…).


  • Deadline of the call for PhD projects applications: December 2023
  • Opening of the call for student applications: March 2024
  • Deadline for student applications: Different deadline apply for the different projects (see above)
  • Interviews of PhD candidates: May 24th 2024
  • Results: Early June 2024
  • Registration at Université Grenoble Alpes and start of PhD project: October 2024


The candidate(s) selected by the PhD supervisor(s) must send the following documents in a unique pdf file to GRAL’s project manager (labex-gral @ univ-grenoble-alpes . fr) before May 14th:

  • 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
  • Any other document that may support the application: publication(s) in a peer-reviewed journal, awards, …

* 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