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Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - C2N



The Centre for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology (C2N) is a joint research unit between the CNRS and Université Paris-Saclay. It was founded on the 1st June 2016 by merging two former laboratories, the Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures (LPN) and the Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale (IEF). In 2018, the laboratory moved to a new building at the heart of Campus Paris-Saclay, in the south of Paris.

The laboratory benefits from its very favorable location on the Plateau de Saclay for exchanges with academic laboratories and with the R&D of the local industrial cluster. It brings together the former teams of the IEF and the LPN and gathers critical forces on key lines of research. It meets two principal and inseparable objectives:
• To establish a flagship laboratory for research in nanoscience and nanotechnology
• To provide a large technology facility to the Plateau de Saclay and the Ile-de-France region, open to all academic and industrial players in the field, especially those from the Paris region.

The center develops research in the field of material science, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, nanobiotechnologies and microsystems, as well as in nanotechnologies. In all these fields, its research activities cover all the range from fundamental to applied science.


Working conditions for the recruited researchers

CNRS offers a 36-months full-time work contract (official working time 38.5 h/week).

Benefits include:

• Access to local facilities and laboratories.
• Tuition fees exemption.
• 45 days paid holiday leave.
• Sick leave.
• Parental leave.
• Language classes
• Other courses in transferable skills are proposed by Université Paris Saclay

Conditions for PhD enrolment

Successful candidates will be enroled as PhD candidates at the University Paris Saclay.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree obtained or an equivalent qualification awarded following a training course.

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