PhD position in the sociology of science: “epigenetics: from science to
University Grenoble Alpes
The Univ. Grenoble Alpes solicits applications for a 3-year PhD position in
the sociology of
science within the interdisciplinary project ‘SYMER’ (please see below
for more information
on the project). The PhD position will start October 1, 2018.
The successful applicant will conduct her or his doctoral research on the
translation of
epigenetic research from basic science to health products, medical
practices and public
health policies. She/he will conduct qualitative research combining several
(among which, semi-structured interviews and a content analysis of on-line
She/he will work in the social science PACTE research laboratory under the
supervision of
Séverine Louvel –associate professor in sociology-, with enrolment in
the SHPT doctoral
program in Grenoble (Sciences de l’Homme, du Politique et du Territoire).
Applicants with relevant background in the sociology of science and/or
sociology of health will
be preferred. A previous experience in a qualitative social science study
and data analysis is
also required. Applicants should be fluent in French and have good English
Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV and a 2-3 pages research
statement describing the
doctoral research to be pursued within the project. Letters of
recommendation are welcome.
The applications should be sent to Séverine Louvel (
Application deadline: June 15, 2018 at 17:00 (CET)
Applications will be evaluated through a three-step process:
1. Eligibility check of applications June 2018
2. 1st round of selection: the applications will be evaluated by a Review
Board by June 22,
2018. Results will be given in June 2018.
3. 2nd round of selection: shortlisted candidates will be invited for an
interview session in
Grenoble in July 2018. (if necessary)
TYPE of CONTRACT: temporary-3 years of doctoral contract
JOB STATUS: Full time
Salary: between 1768.55 € and 2100 € brut per month (depending on
complementary activity
or not)


Interdisciplinary project ‘Symer A systems approach to new paradigms in
metabolic and
epigenetic regulation’. Epigenetics -the reprogramming of genetic
information by chemical
modification of DNA and histones, triggered by environment and life-style,
and leading to
altered gene expression- is a fast-growing research area which is expected
to shift the
understanding of health and disease. SYMER is a multi-scale experimental
approach (cellular,
animal, human, society) to how specific metabolic profiles directly affect
the epigenetic
reprogramming of a cell, potentially maintained for generations. SYMER
integrates different
biological systems, their analysis, and the development of mathematical
tools and predictive
models, as well as the societal and political implications and expectations
in the emerging field
of epigenetics. SYMER gathers molecular, structural and cellular
biologists, physiologists,
physicists, environmental biologists, epidemiologists, physicians, computer
mathematicians and social scientists.