• Du 04 avril 2022 au 06 mai 2022
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You are a postdoctoral researcher, and would like to expand your experience with a stay in a French research group ? You are ready for a new challenge and an international career? You would like to broaden your network and mature as an independent researcher ? Then the Marie Sklodowska Curie Action (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship (PF) from the Horizon Europe programme is made for you !

What is the "Springboard toward Marie Sklodowska Curie" ?

Nantes Université wishes to attract future MSCA Fellowship candidates and support them with their application. "Springboard to Marie Sklodowska Curie" is willing to help supervisors to find reliable European and international candidates as well as to codesign projects between the research candidate, the supervisor and the European grant office. Beneficiaries of this call of proposal will take part to an online training in the beginning of June that will cover everything you need to know to propose a competitive MSCA-PF application.

Then a two-day stay will be funded between June 27th and July 15th for meeting, training and support. Nantes Université will give the fellow the opportunity to come to Nantes for 2 days to meet his/her supervisor and work on the writing of the project. This grant cover the event expenditures up to 1000€ for the EU countries and up to 2000€ for the non-EU countries: travel, hotel and subsistence expenses (for 2 days and 2 nights). Visa fees are not covered.

About the MSCA PF scheme

MSCA PF are a great option if you are a researcher looking to give your career a boost by working abroad. This fellowships offer exciting new learning opportunities and a chance to add some sparkle to your CV.

A MSCA PF is based on the application of a researcher with a PhD (see Who can apply section) proposing a research training project and supervised by a supervisor from the host institution.

The goal of MSCA PF is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility.

MSCA PF are open to excellent researchers of any nationality. They provide funding for researchers (the grant usually covers up to two years salary, a mobility allowance, research costs) and overheads for the host institution.

Postdoc researchers submit proposals for funding together with their planned host organisation under the umbrella of their supervisor. Proposals are evaluated on research quality, the researcher’s future career prospects, and the support offered by the host organisation.

Why join Nantes Université as a researcher ?

Nantes Université is a higher education and research institution and one of the driving forces behind societal development. With a global and outward-looking culture, it promotes innovativeness and openness: open science, open research, open education, open innovation. Nantes Université has received the HR Excellence in Research Award and is already involved in various European projects, notably MSCA actions. This label underlines the institution's ambition to provide a quality working environment for its researchers. It represents an asset for developing national and international partnerships and facilitates access to European funding.

Who can apply?

Researchers who:

  • have completed a PhD or will complete it at the date of the EU call deadline (indicative date: September 14, 2022)
  • have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research at the time of the EU call deadline
  • have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc...) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the EU call deadline.

How to apply?

If you are interested in applying, please:

  1. In the list below, identify the priority scientific field, supervisor and laboratory you are interested in.
  2. Download and fill in the Application Form
  3. Send the completed Application Form by email to the supervisor and to the European grant office (europe.drpi@univ-nantes.fr) before May 6th.

Registration for this scheme does not imply automatic funding. Applications will be examined in the light of the MSCA PF evaluation criteria, both by your potential supervisor and by the experienced European Officers. Selected candidates will be ranked and the short-stay grant will be distributed among them within the limits of the available budget. You should expect feedback for your application by 6 June.

Which topics can be funded?

Nordine LEKLOU GeM – Civil and Mechanical Engineering Research Institute

Durability, Concrete, Recycled Aggregates, Materials, Heterogeneity, Sulphate attack, carbonation, Mortar, Cement, additions, digital model

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IMN - Institut des Matériaux de Nantes Jean Rouxel Metal-organic frameworks, nanoparticles, luminescence thermometry View here
Nadine ALLANIC GEPEA - Laboratoire de Génie des Procédés–Environnement–Agro-alimentaire

Polymer forming, rheology,  heat transfers, modeling, experiment

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Sébastien LE NOURS IETR - Institut d'Electronique et des Technologies du numéRique electronic system-level design, artificial intelligence methods, performance and energy optimized embedded system architectures, multi-processor embedded systems View here
Christine LOMBEZ LAMO – Littératures Antiques et Modernes Translation history, politics and translation, literary translation in wartime, poetry translation, Europe View here
Mohamed MAANAN LETG – Coastal, Environment, Geomatics, Remote sensing

Coastal hazards, environmental management, GIS and modelling

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Gwenaëlle ORUEZABALA LEMNA - Laboratory of Economics and Management of Nantes Atlantique Logistics ecosystems, Global supply Management, Sourcing, Procurement, Smart ports View here
Karine Durin CRINI – Centre of Research on Identities, Nations and Cross-Cultural Studies CRINI – Centre of Research on Identities, Nations and Cross-Cultural Studies

Communities of knowledge in Early Modern Europe with an emphasis on Spanish collaborations

Natural philosophy and its connections with the making of literature.

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Patrick Le Callet LS2N - Nantes Laboratory of Digital Sciences Human visual perception, deep learning, cognitive modeling and computing, quality of experience, image processing, visual computing, psychophysics, perception, visual attention, extended realities View here
Rachel Gelet GeM – Civil and Mechanical Engineering Research Institute

Numerical simulations, FEM, internal erosion, suffusion, dike, physical-model, benchmark validation

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Amandine Célino GeM – Civil and Mechanical Engineering Research Institute

Recycled polymer, biobased polymer and composites, durability, degradation

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