French Partners


Aix Marseille Université



Aix-Marseille University (AMU) is the largest multidisciplinary French-speaking university in France, with 80,000 students and nearly 8,000 staff on five large campuses that meet international standards. Owner of 90% of its property, the university is present in 9 cities in 4 departments of the Southern Region.

Its A*Midex University Foundation, which is the bearer of the IDEX, contributes to the development of a world-class interdisciplinary higher education and research cluster. Known as a “”research-intensive university,”” it houses 122 research facilities linked to major national research organizations.

Aix-Marseille University is committed to interdisciplinarity, which is at the heart of its development strategy, and has recently created 15 institutional institutes that guarantee bridges between research and education and a broad international outlook. Partnership projects integrated into the regions, such as the Cité de l’Innovation et des Savoirs Aix-Marseille (CISAM), the territorial innovation clusters (PIT), and the technological platforms in conjunction with the CNRS and ISNERM, demonstrate AMU’s commitment to innovation and its contribution to the creation of societal wealth.

The teaching of quality courses, backed by major research teams, accompanied by measures to encourage student entrepreneurship and the possibility for economic players to access these resources are all levers for territorial development and its influence.
As a responsible university, Aix-Marseille University makes “”living together”” a priority. The affirmation of its commitment to sustainable development in all its dimensions – human, environmental and heritage – is embodied in numerous actions and measures: A travel plan, a waste management plan, raising students’ awareness of the climate emergency and the introduction of a sustainable development bonus, the creation of the AMU Climate Council, as well as measures to combat sexual, sexist and homophobic harassment, the implementation of a disability master plan, measures to combat racism and anti-Semitism, and numerous sports and festive events on campus. With 10,000 international students and more than 40 diplomas in international partnerships, AMU has been a laureate of the European Commission’s call for projects to build “”CIVIS, a European Civic University”” with its 7 European partners, contributing to major societal challenges, particularly in Africa and the Mediterranean.

Working conditions for the recruited researchers

Aix-Marseille Université offers a 36-months full-time work contract (with the option to extend up to a maximum of 42 months).

Benefits include

• Access to all the necessary facilities and laboratories at Institut Fresnel (Aix-Marseille Université).
• Tuition fees exemption.
• 25 days paid holiday leave.
• Contractual doctoral students are subject to the same sick leave rights as other contractual employees of the State Civil Service.
• Parental leave: if the employee has at least 1 year’s seniority at the date of the child’s birth, he/she is entitled to parental leave at his/her request (after maternity leave for the mother or paternity leave for the father). This leave ends at the latest when the child is 3 years old. The leave is granted for renewable periods of 2 to 6 months.

Conditions for PhD enrolment

To enrol in a Doctorate program Applicants must hold a Master’s or equivalent degree. Doctoral candidates holding a Master’s degree outside the Bologna process or a degree equivalent to a Master’s degree must submit an application for a Master’s Degree for validation to the doctoral school secretariat prior to their enrolment.

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