2023 Call for PhD proposals


The EUR CARe PhD program is devoted to the training of students in multidisciplinary research topics, from basic science to clinical or pharmacological applications, with a focus on cancer, ageing and/or rejuvenation. PhD research projects are directed by CARe-associated research teams from academic laboratories or partner companies. The EUR CARe PhD program selection will have two phases:

Phase 1: PhD pre-proposals will be submitted to Claire Mendoza (claire.mendoza-berrio@univ-tlse3.fr) and Clemence Grosnit (clemence.grosnit@univ-tlse3.fr) using this template, before evaluation and selection by the CARe Scientific Committee. Deadline for application is February 24th, 2023. Upon acceptance, the proposers will be informed, and the proposals will be posted on-line on the EUR CARe website and social networks.

The applications must fall in the field of cancer, ageing and/or rejuvenation. In addition, multidisciplinary is mandatory and proposals must be at the interface of biology and mathematics, computer science, chemistry or physics. Examples are: chemists, physicists, computer scientists or mathematicians addressing complex biological questions by developing new molecules, tools, technologies or models to address biological questions, possibly doing some bench work, or biologists trained to advanced bioinformatics to develop new algorithms that would be later questioned/validated in experimental biological settings…

Partnerships between teams from different doctoral schools, foreign universities or industry are strongly encouraged (see scoring below). A short internship abroad (3 to 6-month) is mandatory, the nature of which should be briefly mentioned at this step. The travel and accommodation will be funded by the CARe program.

The scoring system (out of 10) is the following:

  • Scientific quality of the proposal (6 points)
  • Co-supervision (max 4 points) by teams from different doctoral schools (2 points), or with foreign university or industry (4 points).

NB: the candidates should not be formally identified at this step.

Phase 2: PhD candidates for the preselected projects will submit the full proposal to Claire Mendoza (claire.mendoza-berrio@univ-tlse3.fr) and Clemence Grosnit (clemence.grosnit@univ-tlse3.fr) using the template that will be made available on CARe’s website.

At this step, PhD candidate must be identified and are asked to send a complete CV. In addition, it is mandatory to provide a full description of the 3-6 months internship, including a signed attestation from the hosting foreign university or from industry.

The files must be submitted as a single PDF before May 12th, 2023. Applicants will defend their proposal in early June 2023, in front of a jury representative of the CARe graduate school, with delegates from Toulouse partner doctoral schools.

The audition will consist of 12 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes of questions. The presentation and the answers to questions will be done in English.

The presentation must include, in this order, 1 title slide, 1 slide presenting the candidate. The rest of the slides are dedicated to the presentation of the project (scientific justification of the research project, strategy, methodology, feasibility and risk management), including a description of the internship abroad or in industry. The following criteria will be evaluated by the jury: discussion of a previous research experience, quality of the oral presentation and of the response to questions.