Pharmacology, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
The CEA is an internationally recognized research organization that benefits from a hybrid engineering and researcher culture that allows synergies between basic research and technological innovation.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The CEA is an internationally recognized research organization that benefits from a hybrid engineering and researcher culture that allows synergies between basic research and technological innovation.

The mission of the life sciences division of CEA is to bring technological innovation to two major social issues : energy and health. To develop these research axes, the DSVs teams use a variety of approaches, including the state-of-the-art approaches : biochemistry, structural biology, cell biology, chemistry, protein engineering, "omics", biomedical imaging, animal models and therapies.

The International PhD Program, created by the life sciences division of the CEA is designed for students wishing to make a thesis in one of its research teams. 20 to 25 funding will be awarded during the 2012 recruitment session.

This program, centered around existing groups of excellence and high-tech platforms, works in collaboration with local Doctoral Schools and Universities to offer students a high level doctoral training. Students enrolled in the Doctoral Program of the CEA follow a course in English offered by the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN, Saclay) to introduce them to the professional world.

Research groups from the Paris region (Evry, Fontenay-aux-Roses, Orsay and Saclay), Rhône-Alpes (Grenoble), Basse-normandie (Caen), Languedoc-Roussillon (Marcoule), and Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur (Cadarache) participate in this program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Predefined
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure


  • SL-DSV-12-0051 Molecular and structural engineering of A and B endothelin receptors: new tools in oncology and animal toxinology

Academic Requirements

Admission to the Doctoral Program is by competitive entrance examination. Admission is reserved for students of all nationalities currently preparing a Masters degree, master 2 or equivalent diploma that qualifies them for registration to a french Ecole Doctorale.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free EU/EEA


Every year, CEA grants thesis allowances for high level students that prepare their research work in its laboratories.

In 2011, over 340 thesis contracts (3 years) have been granted that cover the full salary (gross montly wage : 2043.54 during the first two years, 2104.62 the third year).

In addition, 70 thesis contracts have also been granted with the financial participation of an industrial, a research organism or another institutional partner (French region) (see: "Thèses: Financement / Candidatures" on our Website for information on the different types of CEA Thesis Contracts).

Thesis subjects proposed by CEA laboratories and eligible for such grants for the next academic year are posted in the following pages. These are refreshed very often to account for newly proposed thesis positions in CEA laboratories as science and technology progress.

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