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ParaFrap PhD program


The ParaFrap international PhD program is an ambitious program offering  11 competitive PhD grants to high-quality students/early stage scientists with a putative starting date in October 2016. The call will be international, opening applications to foreign students.
The PhD thesis contract will be established for three years.

The ParaFrap PhD Program expects high quality students/ early stage scientists essentially motivated by Parasitology. These will join the forces of ParaFrap focussing on (i) developing new methodologies and sharing resources to overcome current roadblocks in studies of molecular, cellular and immunological processes of parasite biology and pathology, and (ii) feeding the pipeline with strategies and molecules for novel diagnostic tools and intervention strategies.
Applicants will be selected by a committee formed by group leaders of each of the participating laboratories, based on the high standards used at EMBL, including academic achievements, previous experience in research, and (blind) letters of recommendation.

The early stage scientists will be joining research projects selected by an external scientific board and managed by a main supervisor and a co-supervisor from two distinct research groups of the LabEx. These core research projects will focus on the use of state-of-the-art post-genomic tools to enhance knowledge of the parasites' biology and of their interactions with their hosts. Details on the PhD projects and supervisors can be found after successful registration and login into the ParaFrap PhD program website.

The core research projects will be complemented with a range of international training courses, which will take place (i) as an initial workshop of 2 weeks duration (ii) followed by focussed training workshops, which  will be implemented at the rate of one or two per annum. These workshops will involve high-quality international speakers and contributors and take place in one of the following universities/institutes: University of Montpellier, Institut Pasteur (Paris) and University of Lille-North of France. Examples are the following: "Handling genomic and post-genomic databases in Parasitology", "Genetics and reverse genetics techniques for parasites", "High throughput genomics and functional genomics", "Imaging Parasites" etc.