Research Opportunities in France

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France, a country equally renowned for its culture and cuisine as it is for its world-leading research, has never stopped redefining its role at the centre of international research. The country’s research strategy is continuously fine-tuned to address the scientific challenges of du jour and has helped to secure France’s place among the world’s leading research powers. These qualities have long been attracting international scholars and scientists to France.

The country aims to provide an increasingly easier access to France’s universities and research facilities and a warm welcome for those who want to share their talents. Mobility grants, partnerships, and international cooperation are just some of the ways of encouraging researchers from abroad.

To help you explore a full range of opportunities that France offers to international researchers, has teamed up with Association Bernard Gregory to hold a FREE 60-minute live online event (webinar) called ‘Research Opportunities in France’.

It takes place online, with YouTube Live, on the 14th of March at 2 pm (GMT).

By watching this webinar you will learn:

- What opportunities are there for PhD seekers and PhD holders - from finding a PhD onwards, both in academia and industry, and the support available

- How to find these opportunities

- How to fund a PhD and/or postdoc

- What do recruiters in academia and industry expect from PhDs in the recruitment process (application, interview, skills, behaviour etc.,)

- Why companies are recruiting international PhDs

- What makes France an attractive destination for doctoral candidates and doctorate holders

If you have already precise questions for our panellists, please let us know by sending an e-mail to .

About ABG

Association Bernard Gregory (ABG) is a French non-profit organization that was created in 1980. It aims to connect doctorate holders with employers from both academic and economic sectors.

Because public research in France (as in many countries in Europe) has been facing some challenges such as fewer permanent positions, an increase in temporary contracts and a limitation of their duration, ABG is especially focused on helping PhD holders to achieve a smooth transition into the business sector. That is why it has developed many tools and workshops to implement an efficient job search strategy (speaking the same language, marketing your research experience outside academia, knowing recruiters’ expectations and the recruitment process, etc.). It also offers a job board where thesis proposals and positions for PhDs are advertised.

ABG is becoming more and more active on the international scene. A Franco-German branch has been created with the support of the Franco-German University, and ABG is also part of the Euraxess network as Career development Centre.

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Meet the panel:

Bérénice Kimpe – ABG

International partnership development manager

I studied foreign languages applied to business. After my education, I joined a training institute to be in charge of European programmes for socially disadvantaged young people, with the conviction that a professional experience abroad accelerates their personal development. I was then recruited by an association to promote the bilingual education in schools and thus increase the future employability of young people. Since Sept. 2009, I started working for ABG as French-German Branch Officer. Since 2015, I have enlarged my missions in Europe, which led to the creation of an International Department at ABG in 2017. As Head of this department, I am now in charge of setting ABG as a major European stakeholder in PhD career development by promoting ABG values, initiating collaborations with European organisations especially within EU-funded projects on PhD career development, facilitating networks or designing train-the-trainers sessions. I also represent ABG in the Euraxess network.

Marc Chevalier, PhD – Institut Pasteur

Career Advisor

In our Career Development Center, we aim to develop Career Path of Scientists (PhD students, Post-Doc, Research assistants and Researchers). We are also working with the direction in charge of recruiting new researchers and assistants in Institut Pasteur (Direction of Scientific Careers) and are involved in following their career path. We will introduce the conditions to access a position in Institut Pasteur as a researcher and the different Career opportunities in France when you hold a PhD.

Roxane Brachet, PhD - Genopole

Roxane Brachet is a PhD in public health from Pierre and Marie Curie University with a specialization in virology and epidemiology. From 2001 to 2004 she was project manager on prion risk in animal health at AFSSA then, after 4 years as a university lecturer, she joined Inserm on the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Project (ECRIN) then ANRS as head of European affairs for 5 years. In 2014 she joined the Genopole GIP as a project manager for the scientific and academic development of the Genopolitan Biocluster (

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Dr Joel Richard, Head of Technical and Pharmaceutical Operations at Medincell

Dr Joël Richard is currently Head of Technical & Pharmaceutical Operations at MedinCell (Montpellier, France). He is leading all the pharmaceutical development and non-clinical pharmaco/toxico-kinetic activities of the company, specialized in the development of Long-Acting Injectables. (LAIs), using the proprietary technology BEPO®. Dr Richard has 30 years of experience in chemistry and biopharmaceutical R&D, including several global senior positions in various Biotech and Pharma companies, such as:

- Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development – Peptides in Ipsen (France),

- Vice President, Drug Product Development in Ipsen (France),

- Director, Pharmaceutical Development in Serono and Merck Serono (Italy, Germany),

- Vice President Research, and Europe R&D Director at Ethypharm (France),

- COO at Mainelab (France), a drug delivery company he co-founded, which was specialized in developing solvent-free processes for protein delivery systems.

Since 1996, Dr Richard has focused his research activity on new formulation technologies and drug delivery systems (such as microspheres, nanosystems, gelling systems, chemically-modified proteins, supercritical fluid technology . . .), especially for injectable peptide and protein formulations. Dr Richard has graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure (Cachan, France). He has got a PhD in Materials Science from University of Paris, France, and the “Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches” degree in Chemistry from University of Bordeaux I. He has published 68 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 8 book chapters and 2 review editorials in various fields (colloids and interfaces, drug delivery systems, supercritical fluids, protein formulations, nanoparticles, . . .). He is the author of more than 140 international communications and 55 patent families.

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