Institute of Microbiology, Bioenergies and Biotechnology of Aix-Marseille Université

Deadline for applications: 9 May 2022

The Institute of Microbiology, Bioenergies and Biotechnology (IM2B) is financing 2 Ph.D. positions starting in October 2022.

This Institute brings together the largest French network of world-class molecular microbiologists. It aims to explore the diversity and functioning of the microbial world, at the molecular, cellular and ecosystem levels, or through its close association with other organisms (plants, microbiota, etc.), with a view to developing innovative biotechnological solutions in the fields of bioenergies, environment and health.

The five thesis projects described below are eligible for funding under this call for applications. They are interdisciplinary projects based on inter-laboratory collaboration. For each of the projects, the thesis co-directors will select a candidate who will be auditioned by a jury. The audition will take place on 03 June. The audition and the questions can be conducted in French or English. At the end of the audition, two candidates will be selected and offered a 3-year doctoral contract, paid at €1975 gross per month. The two winning doctoral candidates will receive €4,000 in funding to attend international conferences or training related to their research or professional project. In addition, through the Plinius Cursus doctoral programme, they will benefit from personalised support to train in a wide range of cutting-edge technologies and prepare their professional project in an international and multidisciplinary environment.

PhD projects (for more details, click on the title)

Co-supervisors: Michaël LAFOND, Institut des sciences moléculaires de Marseille – iSm2 & Cécile JOURLIN-CASTELLI, Laboratoire de Bioénergétique et Ingénierie des Protéines – BIP


Co-supervisors: James STURGIS / Lucie BERGDOLL, Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Systèmes Macromoléculaires –  LISM & Guillaume GERBAUD, Laboratoire de Bioénergétique et Ingénierie des Protéines – BIP


Co-supervisors: Latifa ELANTAK, Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Systèmes Macromoléculaires – LISM & Romain MERCIER, Laboratoire de Chimie Bactérienne – LCB


Co-supervisors: Thierry DOAN, Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Systèmes Macromoléculaires – LISM & Elisabetta MILEO, Laboratoire de Bioénergétique et Ingénierie des Protéines – BIP


Co-supervisors: Yasmina MEKMOUCHE, Institut des sciences moléculaires de Marseille – iSm2 & Anne de POULPIQUET, Laboratoire de Bioénergétique et Ingénierie des Protéines – BIP


How to apply?

Would you like to apply for one of these thesis projects? Your application must be sent to the co-supervisors by 9 May 2022 at the latest. It should include the following documents:

  • A CV in English, stating your level of English
  • Transcript of grades and ranking in Master 1; transcript of grades in the first semester of Master 2
  • Letter of motivation in English
  • 2 letters of recommendation sent directly by their authors to the co-supervisors

About the Institute of Microbiology, Bioenergies and Biotechnology

Created in 2019 by Aix-Marseille Université, this Institute brings together more than 400 permanent staff, 250 Masters students, 150 PhD students and 160 post-docs, to strengthen interdisciplinary Research and Teaching in the field of Microbiology and its applications in Bioenergies, Environment and Health. Relying on a network of 10 internationally renowned research laboratories and a network of leading facilities, the IM2B brings together recognized expertise in viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, protists and photosynthetic organisms. It covers a large range of approaches, including bioinformatics, mathematical modelling, structural and cellular biology, molecular genetics, biophysics, biochemistry, biodiversity, chemistry. The research effort of IM2B is focused on the integration of all the scales of study, from the atom to the ecosystem, and its biotechnological applications on the different systems studied. The targeted applications are in particular in the field of energy such as CO2 storage, production of biofuel, biogas or bioethanol, new bio-inspired materials, biosensing or biosourced molecules, but also in the field of the environment (biodepollution…) or health (infectious diseases).

Contact : agnes.kammoun@univ-amu.fr

Monday 9th,
May 2022 18:00

IM2B

Published on 01/04/2022

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