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Careers and employment

Monitoring the progress of PhDs and supporting doctors entering employment are two of the Université de Lyon's most important tasks.

That's why, throughout the year, our young doctors and PhD students can benefit from special innovative schemes helping them to enter the job market.

The Université de Lyon's Doctoriales: a fresh look at the challenges of innovation

The Université de Lyon's Doctoriales aim to bring PhD students and local socio-economic organizations together.

Organized across the Lyon Saint-Étienne site, the Doctoriales offer hands-on training programs where multidisciplinary PhD teams can take a fresh look at the challenges faced by organizations (companies, authorities, associations, etc.). These can be technological, strategic, organizational, marketing, usage, development and international challenges, etc.

Find out more on the Doctoriales

The Innovation Academy

This new hands-on training program aims to help PhD students transform their innovative ideas into projects. The training program has been co-developed by the Université de Lyon and Pulsalys, Lyon Saint-Étienne's Technology Transfer Acceleration Company (SATT).

Over three months, participants will work as part of multidisciplinary teams (max. four people) on projects to develop their innovative ideas, such as a new product or service or a social and environmental innovation project. A final challenge will take place on April 24, 2018, to recognize the best projects.

Read all news about the Innovation Academy


Through 'Doctor'Entreprise', the Université de Lyon and MEDEF Lyon-Rhône have created a practical scheme to create close ties between companies, research laboratories and future doctors. During their 3-year thesis, PhD students carry out a research project dedicated to issues raised by companies regarding strategic and innovative challenges, with the support of a partner research laboratory. PhD students can, therefore, benefit from a high-quality training program with a dual focus sought-after by future employers.

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Doctorant-conseil (PhD-council)

The Doctorant-Conseil is a national scheme aiming to enable PhD students and companies learn more about each other. It enables companies to benefit from the skills of PhD students in one-off, short-term projects by assigning them an expert task. The task must not exceed 32 hours/year and is carried out alongside their thesis. The PhD student's contribution should be labor-intensive and could be as diverse as providing expertise, monitoring, training or giving advice, etc.

► The Université de Lyon supports companies throughout the process. Please contact us at:


More than 1,000 doctors graduate from the Université de Lyon each year, from all scientific fields. Thanks to their training through research and doctoral programs provided by the Université de Lyon, these young doctors are able to develop their scientific and interdisciplinary skills throughout their PhD. This incredible pool of talent is then ready to transfer its skills to the workplace to benefit future employers.

The Université de Lyon supports companies looking for PhD graduates by sharing their announcements with specific profiles throughout the year. Along with several partners, it also organizes a recruitment event for doctors each year: les Rendez-vous de l'emploi ("Employment Meetings").

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After your PhD: expand your employment opportunities

The Université de Lyon provides a website dedicated to PhD students and young doctors who may or may not intend to continue a career in academic research.

The site posts available opportunities in four neighboring regions. It provides information about employment for doctors and industries known for innovation and research. It also provides information about useful resources for finding employment and specific ways of accessing employment in each region.

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Western Switzerland, Piedmont and Lombardy share an industrial network, as well as rich and dynamic services which have been built on a well-developed capacity for research and innovation.

Find more information on the "After your PhD" website

From your PhD to employment

Since the start of the 2017 academic year, the Université de Lyon and Pôle Emploi, through the support of the Objectif Pour L'Emploi association, have been able to provide a new scheme, "Du doctorat a l'emploi" ("From you PhD to employment"), which offers customized support for graduates entering employment.

The six-month program is driven by experts and provides specially adapted support aimed at helping doctors who have been looking for employment for more than six months to find sustainable employment outside of academia. The scheme is a collective campaign led by professional instructors who provide customized supported adapted to the profile of each individual with the help of a referral system.

For more information about the program (in French)