French Partners


Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris-Est


The Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris-Est (ICMPE) is a joint research unit ruled conjointly by the University of Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC) and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Our laboratory is developing innovative research in the fields of chemistry and materials science, as well as at the interface with physics, engineering and biology with the main objective of responding to major societal challenges in energy, transport, environment, sustainable development and health. The Unit’s areas of expertise cover both fundamental and applied research on three major cross-cutting themes: i) materials for energy and structural applications, ii) molecules, materials and processes for the environment and sustainable development and iii) chemistry for health at the interface with the living. The ICMPE gathers sixty CNRS researchers and faculty members completed by thirty engineers as well as fifty non -permanent staff (PhD students and post-docs), specialists in molecular chemistry, polymer science, solid-state chemistry, electrochemistry, metallurgy and physics of materials. Based on this wide spectrum of skills, the ICMPE is developing national and international partnerships with academic and research centers as well as with industrial partners. In particular, ICMPE coordinates the French-Australian International Research Network IRN-FACES. PhD fellows at ICMPE follow the PhD program of the Doctoral School SIE (Science for Engineering and Environment) which belongs to UPEC. The SIE doctoral school integrates physics, mechanics, chemistry, geosciences, environmental sciences, and life sciences with a focus on renewable energy, new materials, innovative structures and quality of the environment.

Working conditions for the recruited researchers

The Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris-Est (ICMPE) – Université de Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC) / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) offers a 36-months full-time work contract (with the option to extend up to a maximum of 42 months). A probation period of 2 month will apply. The legal working time is 38 h and 40 min per week.

Benefits include

· Access to all technical facilities available at ICMPE.
· Tuition fees exemption.
· 45 days paid per year holiday leave.
· Affiliation to the French social security system and its legislation on accidents at work.

Conditions for PhD enrolment

To apply for a doctoral degree you must hold a national master’s degree or another diploma conferring the degree of master, following a training or professional experience that establishes your aptitude for research, and provide proof of research experience.

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Note that the approval of the CNRS defence security officer may be required before enrolment. In case of denial, the employment will not be carried out.