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Ecole Doctorale for Health, Cognition and Environment Engineering (EDISCE)

Updated on December 13, 2011
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Overview

  • National diploma
  • Degree awarded : PhDLocation : GRENOBLE

    Available as :

    • Standard taught course
    Graduation year : Bac + 8
    Duration : 3 years

Your contacts for academic information

Jean-Luc Schwartz, DR CNRS, Director,
liaison for Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP)

Pierre Baconnier, Professor at Université Joseph Fourier, Hospital Doctor

Monica Baciu, Professor at Université Pierre Mendes-France, Assistant Director and liaison for Université Pierre Mendes-France

Laurent Desbat, Professor at Université Joseph Fourier, Assistant Director
and liaison for Université Joseph Fourier

Summary

Website: www-sante.ujf-grenoble.fr/edisce/

Five thesis specialties are available to doctoral students:

  • Engineering of Cognition, Interaction, Learning and Creation
  • Cognitive, Neurocognitive and Psychological Sciences
  • Biotechnology, Instrumentation, Signal Processing and Imaging for Biological, Medical and Environmental Sciences
  • Models, Methods and Algorithms in Biology, Health and the Environment
  • Movement and Behavior for Health and Autonomy

Further information

Several funding sources exist.  More information can be found at the following websites:

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Admission

  • Who should apply? : Bac + 5
  • Location : GRENOBLE
  • Available as :
    • Standard taught course

Entry requirements

For all admission applications, particular notice is taken of the availability of funding for the duration of the thesis.  In addition:

  • For holders of a Master Recherche, a grade of Assez-Bien is a minimum requirement.  However, if the grade of Assez-Bien was obtained through a high grade from a placement, this admission may be conditional
  • For holders of a 2nd Cycle Master qualification, admission to the thesis program is decided by the Ecole Doctorale after external examination of the End of Studies Project
  • For holders of a master's degree or equivalent qualification obtained abroad, admission is decided by the Collège Doctoral committee after external examination for doctoral students applying to Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP) or by the Commission de Validation des Acquis Académiques for doctoral students applying to Université Joseph Fourier.
In certain cases, admission to the thesis program may be conditional.  Admission to the 2nd year of the thesis program is only given if the doctoral student can satisfy certain conditions: passing a certain number of exams and/or vivas at the end of the 1st year.

Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP) allocates grants to enable visits of one or two months to its research laboratories, encouraging applications from students already holding a master's degree.

Similarly to European Masters, Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP) has established international elements for certain Masters Recherche which encourage the creation or reinforcement of collaboration between other foreign laboratories and establishments and also facilitate the administration required for jointly supervised theses.

Contacts

Academic information

Jean-Luc Schwartz, DR CNRS, Director,
liaison for Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP)

Pierre Baconnier, Professor at Université Joseph Fourier, Hospital Doctor

Monica Baciu, Professor at Université Pierre Mendes-France, Assistant Director and liaison for Université Pierre Mendes-France

Laurent Desbat, Professor at Université Joseph Fourier, Assistant Director
and liaison for Université Joseph Fourier

Education contact

Secretary
Caroline Zala
edisce@ujf-grenoble.fr

Faculté de Médecine
Pavillon Taillefer
38706 La Tronche
Tel. : +33 (0)4 56 52 00 21

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Program

  • Course duration : 3 years

Program

The scientific goal common to research teams in the Ecole Doctorale is to use the theories, methodologies and engineering methods of data harvesting, treatment and modeling to shed light on the mechanisms involved in the processes of living systems in relation to their environment. The main element of the Ecole Doctorale is the provision of the basic tools connecting cognitive science, complexity science, mathematics, computing and life and health sciences.

In terms of academic training, the Ecole Doctorale aims to develop in all its students the skills and abilities of:

  • disciplines characterized by strict formalism, such as mathematics and computing.
  • disciplines characterized by strong experimental and clinical aspects, such as cognitive sciences and life and health sciences.
The Ecole Doctorale considers its professional philosophy as follows: Engineering, as the use of science and techniques in the completion of a project, should constitute the fundamental methodology common to the majority of research practiced at the Ecole Doctorale.  This fundamental methodology is a key element of the professional character of education at the Ecole Doctorale.

The Ecole Doctorale requires students to take at least 120 hours complementary courses during the preparation of a thesis, distributed in the following manner:
  • 40 hours minimum corresponding to specialist scientific training.  This training is defined by the doctoral student and the thesis supervisor.  Each year, the Ecole Doctorale offers a body of scientific training.  Other training can also be offered by partners associated with the thesis in order to fulfill the individual requirements of each doctoral student.
  • 40 hours minimum corresponding to multidisciplinary training, which need not be scientific (training managed by the Collèges Doctoraux of Université Joseph Fourier and Grenoble Institute of Technology).
  • 40 hours of career development training (managed by the Collèges Doctoraux).
The modules taken most often by doctoral students of the Ecole Doctorale relating to their scientific theme include:
1.    Specialized scientific training:
- Modeling and High Performance Computing
- Fundamentals in Distributed Computing
- Chaos and Complexity Theory
2.    Training in Applied Ethics:
- Bioethics and Biotechnology
- Ethical Standards and Research Accountability
3.    Training related to Scientific Culture:
- Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
- From Reductionism to Emergence Theory
- Organizational and Adaptive Properties of Living Organisms

The Ecole Doctorale created a practical training module in PhD Project Management (details in annex) in order to make doctoral students apply management methods to the development of their theses.  Each year, new doctoral students will be requested to join the program.

Each year, two doctoral students attend the international IEEE medical imaging school in Berder co-organized by Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP)  with speaker participation. http://ieeess.enst-bretagne.fr/
Researchers of the Ecole Doctorale take part and organize many of the seminars open to doctoral students (which can be accredited), such as:
  • The Collège Médical du Jeudi (Thursday Medical Seminars), made up of medical practitioners and researchers, meets once a week to discuss an issue of current interest in medical research.
  • The Séminaires Grenoblois de Neurosciences (Grenoble neuroscience seminars) are hosted each week for researchers in the Rhône-Alpes area.

Some courses will be taught in English.

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International

  • Internship abroad : No
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Prospects

  • Graduation year : Bac + 8

Careers

Overview and Career Opportunities

The goal of this doctoral program is to validate knowledge through the assessment of a research thesis in the domain of engineering in health, cognition and the environment.  The student will then be qualified for employment in the relative technological domains either in teaching or research or in the private sector.
Statistics on the employment status of doctoral students 3 years after having attained a doctorate are as follows:

  • 32% in permanent public postings (Universities, CNRS, CHU)
  • 28% under contract to a public institution (Universities, CEA, post-doc laboratory)
  • 35% under private contract or overseas
  • 3% pursuing further study
  • 2% unemployed

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Date of update December 13, 2011

Univ. Grenoble Alpes