CENTURI Internal newsletter

#16 - February 2020

PhD call | A week left to apply!

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There is only one week left to apply to our CENTURI PhD call 2020! CENTURI will recruit up to 18 PhD students in this call, starting in October 2020.

23 projects are available online in the “Research” section of our website. Candidates can apply to a maximum of 3 projects or submit their own project, providing that they meet the application criteria and that their application is supported by at least 2 host labs.

The agenda of our 2020 PhD call is the following:

  • Publication of projects and opening of the call for candidates: January 15- February 16, 2002
  • Pre-selection of candidates (PIs who proposed a project and ad hoc committee): February 17– March 13, 2020
  • Interviews (PIs and ad hoc committee): April 28-30, 2020
  • Results of the call (ad hoc committee): May 05, 2020
  • Final answer (from candidates): May 12, 2020
  • Beginning of PhD: October 2020

PI call 2020 | Apply before February 28th

CENTURI PI call is now open for applications, until February 28, 2020. We seek to attract outstanding computer scientists, physicists, or mathematicians with a theoretical and/or computational biology project. Applications from female researchers are especially encouraged.

 Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on-site from May 25 to May 27, 2020.

The selected candidates, who are expected to bridge biology and other disciplines will be affiliated to two institutes from the CENTURI project and will be offered competitive funding.

Deadline: February 28th, 2020

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Postdoc call | Save the dates

Our postdoc call will open on March 17, 2020.

We are collecting project proposals from CENTURI research teams until March 13. CENTURI wishes to attract highly motivated postdoctoral fellows to the Luminy campus and will fund up to 8 Postdoctoral fellowships to start in October 2020, for 2 years. Postdoc candidates will also be allowed to submit their own project, provided that it meets the eligibility criteria.

The interviews will take place on June 18 and 19, 2020.

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Members of our community are encouraged to send us their projects at postdocproject@centuri-livingsystems.org

The eligibility of the proposals will be evaluated by CENTURI Research committee.


Our Postdoc call 2019-2020 agenda:

  • Project submission: February 3 – March 13, 2020
  • Publication of projects and opening of the call for candidates: March 17 – April 17, 2020
  • Preselection of candidates (PIs and ad hoc committee): April 20 – May 8, 2020
  • Interviews (ad hoc committee): June 18-19, 2020
  • Results of the call: June 24
  • Final answer (from candidates): July 1, 2020

Physics of Living Matter (PLM) is back in Marseille!

We are glad to announce that the 15th edition of the symposium Physics of Living Matter (PLM 15) will take place in Marseille, France, on October 1st and 2nd, 2020! For the second time, PLM is co-organised by Cambridge University and the Turing Centre for Living Systems. The Physics of Living Matter symposium aims at bridging Physics and Biology by bringing together scientists from life sciences, physics and computational sciences from all over the world.

In 2020, the PLM symposium will welcome 14 renowned speakers from all around the world. Oral presentations and posters will also be selected from the submitted abstracts!

Registrations to PLM 15 are now open, until September 11, at this address: https://centuri-livingsystems.org/plm15/

To give a short talk, please submit your abstract (300 words, text only) before May 10, 2020, when you complete your online registration (see template on the registration page). The number of talks being limited, a selection will be made by the Organising Committee in May. Registrations for posters are open until July 30, 2020.

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SAB Visit

CENTURI Scientific Advisory Board took place on January 30 and 31 in Marseille. The 5 SAB members met members of our committees as well as PhD students, postdocs and PIs that joined the project over the past 2 years.

SAB members had the opportunity to discuss about our research priorities, teaching and training activities, Tech Transfer strategy and perspectives, etc. Our SAB is currently preparing their report, with its suggestion to improve our organization and activities.

Training Course | A focus on imaging 2020

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The 2020 edition of our training course “A focus on imaging” will take place from March 02 to 10, 2020. This course is an introductory course to microscopy techniques, image analysis and programming.

PhD students (1st and 2nd year) are encouraged to apply before February 17, 2020.

CENTURI Summer School 2020 & internship program

The second edition of CENTURI Summer School will take place on the Luminy campus from June 16 to June 25, 2020. The summer school is coupled with an internship program, proposing 8 funded internships in our research laboratories (3 to 6 months).


Entitled “From data to biology and back – Reverse engineering biological networks”, this interdisciplinary training programme aims to build bridges between engineers and scientists. It is a unique opportunity for MSc students and students from engineering schools with backgrounds in physics, mathematics and computational sciences to apply their skills to biological questions.


Applications deadline: May 04, 2020

Registration fees: 75€

Next CENTURI Seminars

Unless mentioned otherwise, the CENTURI seminars take place in the Hexagone's auditorium (01:30 p.m. to 02:30 p.m.).




  • External Seminar - April 06: Ana Smith (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen, Germany)



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