PhD Career Center
Objective: improving the preparedness of future graduates for high-level careers through initiatives which reinforce, promote and capitalize on the skills of doctoral students and the PhDs awarded by Bordeaux universities.
The 2016 Thesis Prize' call for proposal is opened until May, 16th, at the bottom of this page.
Run by the department of research and doctoral studies of the University of Bordeaux, and supported by the Initiative of Excellence of the University of Bordeaux, the PhD Career Center is open to all doctoral students of the University of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Montaigne University.
It has two components:
- Career Planning
- Career Promotion
The Career Planning component consists of coaching and training initiatives enabling doctoral students to formalize their professional aspirations and build their career plans through:
- individual coaching, sponsoring and mentoring
- access to courses in French and English for the acquisition of cross-cutting skills (such as a course on "Entrepreneurship, Business Administration and Project Management")
- participation in trade shows, conferences and round tables with company representatives
The Career Promotion component is focused on practice-based training via:
- expertise projects to build ties between research, development and innovation (assignments in academic environments, assignments to support operational teams in charge of "Investments for the Future" projects, assignments with enterprises or companies)
- the full setup of projects on a topic chosen by the PhD graduate: organizing conferences (Aquidoc exhibition), meetings (After lab), creating workshops (Cap Sciences), etc.
- participation in PhD promotion initiatives aimed at future employers (thesis prize)
Find the list of initiatives offered by the PhD Career Center on the website of the University of Bordeaux.
Promotion and research valorization department
Tel : 05 40 00 27 78
Former Thesis Prizes
Out of 48 submissions, 10 candidates were short-listed and 4 were awarded prizes:
- Social and Human Science prize: Sarah Marie Cabon (Law) for her thesis entitled "Négociation en matière pénale" (Negotiating in the field of criminal law), supervised by Valérie Malabat (Institute of Criminal Science, ISCJ, University of Bordeaux).
Science and Technology prize: Natacha Kinadjian (Chemical Science) for her thesis entitled "Chimie intégrative dédiée aux morphosynthèses de matériaux composites multi-échelles et l’étude de leurs applications en photoluminescence photocatalysc et photovoltaique" (Integrative Chemistry based morphosyntheses of hierarchical composite materials for photovoltaic, photocatalysis and photoluminescence applications), jointly supervised by Rénal Backov (CRPP, University of Bordeaux), Eric Prouzet (University of Waterloo, Canada) and Catherine Henrist (University of Liège, Belgium).
Biology-Health prize: Audrey Mauguen (Societies, Politics and Public Health) for her thesis entitled "La construction et validation d’outils pronostiques pour les temps de survie : modèles conjoints à fragilités pour récidives de cancer et décès" (Construction and validation of prognostic tools for survival times: shared frailty models for cancer recurrences and deaths), supervised by Virginie Rondeau (INSERM U897, University of Bordeaux).
Special Prize of the International Jury: Dominik Pajak (Mathematics and Computer Science) for his thesis entitled "Algorithmes pour l’exploration parallèle d’un graphe déterminé" (Algorithms for deterministic parallel graph exploration), supervised by Adrian Kosowski (INRIA, University of Bordeaux).
Out of 55 submissions, 13 candidates were short-listed and 4 were awarded prizes:
- Science and Technology prize: Emeline Bolmont (Physics and Engineering) for her astrophysics thesis entitled "Evolution et habitabilité de systèmes planétaires autour d’étoiles de faible masse et de naines brunes" (Dynamical evolution and habitability of planetary systems orbiting low-mass stars and brown dwarfs), supervised by Sean Raymond, Bordeaux Laboratory of Astrophysics
- Biology/Health prize: Chloé Boitard (Life and Health Sciences) for her neuroscience thesis entitled "L'adolescence, une période de vulnérabilité aux effets de régimes obésogènes sur la mémoire : étude des fonctions hippocampiques et amygdaliennes" (Adolescence, a vulnerable period to the effects of obesogenic diets on memory: Special emphasis on hippocampal and amygdala systems) supervised by Guillaume Ferreira, Integrated Neurobiology and Nutrition Laboratory
- Social and Human Science prize: Thomas Morel (Science and Environment) for his thesis in epistemology and the history of science entitled "Mathématiques et politiques scientifiques en Saxe (1765-1851). Institutions, acteurs et enseignements" (Mathematics and science policies in Saxony (1765-1851). Institutions, actors and education) co-supervised by Pascal Duris and Layla Raïd, Science, Philosophy, Humanities
- Special Prize of the Jury: Benjamin Renoust (Mathematics/Computer Science) for his computer science thesis entitled "Analysis and Visualization of Edge Entanglement in Multiplex Networks" co-supervised by Guy Mélançon, Laboratoire Bordelais de Recherche en Informatique (Labri) and Marie-Luce Viaud, Institut National de l'Audiovisuel
Out of 78 submissions, 10 candidates were short-listed and 4 were awarded prizes:
- Science and Technology prize: Mareva Fevre/Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques/Title: "Phosphines, carbènes N-hétérocycliques (NHCS) et nouveaux précurseurs de NHCS pour la catalyse organique de réactions (macro)moléculaires" (Phosphines, N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) and Novel NHC Precursors for Organic Catalysis of (Macro)molecular Reactions)
- Biology/Health prize: Marie-Elise Truchelet / Laboratory: UMR CNRS / Title: "Etude de l’implication de l’axe IL-23/Th17 dans deux modèles physiopathologiques humains : la réponse à Mycoplasma hominis et la scérodermie systémique" (Study of the IL-23/Th17 axis involvement in two physiopathological human models: response to Mycoplasma hominis and systemic sclerosis).
- Social and Human Science prize: Isabelle Salle / Gretha: UMR 5113 Title: "Apprentissage, hétérogénéité et politique monétaire : une application aux régimes de ciblage de l’inflation" (Heterogeneity, Learning and Monetary Policy: an Application to Inflation Targeting Regimes)
- Special Prize of the Jury: Isabelle Fauquet/Montaigne Humanities/Title "L’exemplarité de la fiction dans le roman espagnol contemporain" (The exemplarity of fiction in the contemporary Spanish novel)
Out of 61 submissions, 12 candidates were short-listed and 4 were awarded prizes:
- Science and Technology prize: Oriane Bonhomme / Laboratory: LOF, UMR5258 / Title: "Étude de la formation de fibres en microfluidique : compétition entre mise en forme et gélification de fluides complexes sous écoulement" (Study of the formation of fibers in microfluidics: competition between the forming and gelation of complex fluids under flow)
- Biology/Health prize: Thomas Papouin / Laboratory: Inserm U862 - Magendie Neurocenter / Title: "Contrôle endogène des Récepteurs du glutamate de type NMDA par le site co-agoniste" (Endogenous control of NMDA receptors through their co-agonist binding site)
- Social and Human Science prize: Solange Rigaud / Laboratory: PACEA, UMR5199 / Title: "La parure : traceur de la géographie culturelle et des dynamiques de peuplement au passage Mésolithique-Néolithique en Europe" (Personal ornaments: a proxy for tracing cultural geography and population dynamics at the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Europe)
- Special Prize of the Jury: Laurent Lanceleur / Laboratory: EPOC, UMR 5805 / Title: "L’argent : sources, transfert et bioaccumulation - Cas du système fluvio-estuarien girondin" (Silver: sources, transfer and bioaccumulation: case of the Gironde fluvio-estuarine system)
162 doctoral students enrolled in programs in 2014/2015
52 academic programs offered
4 Thesis Prize awards
4 additional initiatives (focusing on expertise and the value of the doctorate)
4 meetings with companies in 2015/2016
- © Jérémie Parot
For doctoral students who contemplate the possibility of setting up a business, I recommend this program. It shows them that entrepreneurship can offer a promising future. Meetings and discussions with IAE professors and entrepreneurs provide a clear vision of how to set up a business, from the initial idea to the business plan, showing that this is not insurmountable.
Doctoral student, talking about the "Entrepreneurial Seminar" organized by Entrepreneuriat Campus Aquitaine (ECA)
Organizing a summer school is a great learning experience and a real asset for the future. Researchers periodically organize events, which may take several forms, but which all require the same skills. This assignment has given me a certain grasp of the university's rules concerning markets and communication, which apply to the organization of such a project and which we have to taken into consideration
Doctoral Student, talking about her supplementary assignment to organize the Neurepiomics summer school
- PhD graduates honored through the Thesis Prize
Since 2012, the Thesis Prize has been the opportunity to highlight the quality of the work done by PhD graduates in Bordeaux’ universities. A multi-disciplinary jury composed of international experts hears and selects the prize winners from among the previous year’s PhD graduates (pre-selected by the doctoral schools). 4 prizes are awarded every year: Humanities and Social Science Prize, Science and Technology Prize, Biology/Health Prize, and Special Prize of the International Jury.