Receiving doctoral students
The integration of doctoral students in the laboratory is based primarily on their choice of thesis topic. This choice should be in line with the laboratory's working directions and the research projects conducted. It will depend on the thesis supervision capacity of the laboratory (with a possible limitation of the number of doctoral students for each research director) and the team coordinating the research project in question.
Decisions on the enrolment of doctoral students are aided by the advice of an ad hoc committee which examines the candidates (CV and research project) in the light of the available opportunities (intersection between the teams' projects and the management capabilities of the research directors). For university students, this folder will be put together during the Masters degree. Thesis approval will be based on the additional opinions of the research director and laboratory manager and draw upon the opinion of this committee.
The laboratory seminar
Doctoral students participate in the laboratory seminar, where they have the opportunity to present the progress of their work in a context other than that of their team. They are thus able to compare the approaches of other members of the laboratory (doctoral students, researchers and research lecturers). This organisation already exists in the form of doctoral days which are being generalised and expanded.
The work of doctoral students must be accompanied by training delivered by the laboratory to allow them to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to successfully carry out research and train as a researcher. The laboratory organises training sessions which aim to assist students in mastering the tools used by researchers (electronic bibliography, access to documentation databases, tools for collecting and processing data, PréAO software, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.). Support is given for drafting scientific texts (structuring articles, writing for publications in English, drafting standards, etc.). The aim is also to improve the students' writing skills in relation to scientific texts (articles and publications in particular). This training can be carried out face-to-face or remotely. It forms the basis of a customised training plan for each doctoral student, over several years. The conduct and completion of this personalised plan is subject to regular monitoring, allowing us to attest to the student's acquisition of the skills and knowledge covered. An annual report is required for re-enrolment the following year.