Paris Seine Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

Country: France;

City: Cergy

Vacancy added: 23.12.2018

Employer: University of Paris-Seine

Vacancy type: PostDoc vacancy;

Resumes due: 14.02.2019


Program description

  1. Aim and scope of the program.

The Paris Seine Initiative (PSI) for excellence invites applications from international scientists for two-years postdoctoral fellowships. This fellowship program will offer a recognized step into an independent research career. The program welcomes applications from promising young scholars, in all academic fields, wishing to carry out original individual research projects within the Paris Seine Initiative and demonstrating excellence in terms of their profile and their project.

The present call is the third wave of a program aimed at recruiting a diverse cohort of 50+ Fellows from 2017 to 2021. It is part of a wider scheme to foster scientific excellence and internationalization ( within the Paris Seine Initiative for excellence.

  1. Academic environment

a. The Paris Seine Initiative

  • UCP is a multidisciplinary, mid-sized French université created in 1991. Though recently created, it has already gained significant recognition for the quality of its research and innovation. It is ranked in the top 250 of the THE Young Universities ranking, in the world top 200 in Mathematics and top 300 in Economics (ARWU). It also runs two national centers of excellence in the fields of  Modelling sciences (economics, mathematics, physics, computer science and finance) and Material heritage restoration and conservation (experimental science and humanities);
  • ESSEC is one of the world’s leading Business Schools. ESSEC is ranked in the world top 200 in Management and top 150 in Finance (ARWU);
  • EISTI and ENSEA are two engineering schools specialized in data science, computer science and electronics.

The Paris Seine Initiative is an academic consortium selected by the French government as one of the 19 French Universities of Excellence. It gathers the university of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP), ESSEC Business School, and two engineering schools, EISTI and ENSEA. These four institutions have joined forces under an ambitious project, with the objective to boost their research potential and international attractiveness, to reach the top 200 of world research universities within ten years.

Supported by a grant from Paris Seine Initiative, the present call aims at developing innovative research projects within Paris Seine research centers.

b. Paris Seine research areas and research centers

Research at Paris Seine can be grouped into four main scientific areas:

  • Modeling and Formal Sciences
  • Natural and Experimental Sciences
  • Economics, Business, Law and Politics
  • Humanities, Art and Education

They cover all academic disciplines with the exception of medicine.

The academic community of the Paris Seine Initiative is structured into 24 research centers. Nine of these centers are jointly developed with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). The attached table provides an overview of the fields of specialization of the research centers.

Transversal research, involving several research groups jointly addressing crosscutting topics is also stimulated through several institutes.

This includes in the first place three transversal research groups that may also provide funding opportunities:

  • The MME-DII Center of Excellence gathering researchers in Mathematics, Economics, Physics and Computer Science to develop innovative models of uncertainty, interactions and dynamics, for applications to economics, finance and social sciences in general;
  • The Fondation des Sciences du Patrimoine (Foundation for Material Heritage Science) gathering researchers from the fields of arts, humanities and experimental sciences in the study, preservation and restoration of cultural material heritage, in partnership with leading national and international partners from the third-sector, in the sector of art and culture;
  • A third transversal research group focusing on the issue of risk and security and gathering researchers in data and computer science, experimental sciences, social sciences and external experts in the fields of forensics, criminology and security.

The Paris Seine research community also offers high-quality research facilities and cutting-edge equipment that are often required by research projects in various disciplines[1].

PSI Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to develop their individual research projects within the research groups of the Paris Seine Initiative. Their application will only be considered if they have established contacts with the heads of the research groups that align best with their research proposal and have been succeeded in co-building a detailed research project.

A detailed presentation of the research environment offered at Paris Seine can be found on the ‘research’ pages of each institution’s website:

  • For UCP:
  • For ESSEC Business School:
  • For EISTI:
  • For ENSEA: see ETIS research center (above)
  1. Eligibility conditions, expectations and terms of appointment

Eligibility conditions

  • Applicants should hold a doctorate degree at the time of the start of their contract;
  • Applicant should not have resided in France for more than 12 months in the last 3 years as of the application deadline of February 14th;
  • The program is aimed at early career researchers, and candidates are typically expected to have no more than 5 years postdoctoral experience, allowing for career breaks;
  • The Program supports researchers from all countries and all disciplinary backgrounds. While there is no restriction on nationality, appropriate permission to work in France is required before taking up the Fellowship.


  • Applicants must promote their own research project to be carried in the research center of their choice for a maximum period of two years. Research projects will be evaluated on the basis of their intrinsic quality as well as their relevance for the host research center and their potential for collaboration with the Paris Seine research community.
  • Applicants and their research project must be supported by the head of the research groupsthat aligns best with their research interests. To this end, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the directors of the above-listed research centers, either directly or through the pre-application process described below.
  • Only projects that have been co-built with the relevant research group will be considered by the evaluation committee. Final application will have to be promoted by supporting researchers or research groups from the Paris Seine Initiative. Only internal members of the Paris Seine Initiative are allowed to submit a final application. The pre-application process described below will allow prospective applicants to contact Paris Seine research centers and establish a joint research project.


  • Fellowships are awarded for a duration of two years


  • The minimum compensation paid to the PSI Fellows is equal to 2500€ net per month and depends on experience.

Travel and research expenses

  • PSI Fellows will also receive relocation expenses of to 1,000€ (including visa fees) and a contribution to project-related fees (travel, consumables, etc.).
  1. Application and selection process

a. Timeline

  • Call opening: November 30th 2018
  • Deadline for pre-applications of external candidates: as soon as possible and no later than February 1st 2019
  • Deadline for the submission of full-applications by researchers from the Paris Seine Initiative: February 14th 2019
  • Evaluations: February-March 2019
  • Notifications: April 2019
  • Start of the fellowships: September 2019

b. Application process

The application process is divided in two steps.

Pre-application stage:

  • Candidates are encouraged to pre-apply for the Postdoctoral positions offered by the Paris Seine Initiative.
  • At the pre-application stage, candidates should have identified the Paris Seine research center that would best match their research interest.
  • Application material will be transmitted to the research centers. Research centers will then decide, which pre-applications to follow up on, in order to jointly build a research proposal with the candidate that will be submitted for possible funding.
  • All applications must be submitted online through a dedicated web application portal.
  • The complete application file must contain the following documents :
  • A CV (maximum 3 pages, in English) for the proposed Fellow highlighting any publications, activities or achievements that are especially relevant to this application;
  • A detailed research project (2 pages maximum, bibliography not included). The proposal should include : theme, state of the art in the field, innovative character of the research proposal, methodology or theoretical framework, expected outcomes, work planning, timescales, bibliography (books and articles cited);
  • ONLY electronic applications can be submitted, through the above-mentioned website. . Applications sent by e-mail or by post will not be considered.

Application stage:

  • In the application stage, final application are to be submitted only by faculty members of the Paris Seine Initiative. Direct application by external candidates will not be eligible.
  • The details of the application process are presented on the following page:

c. Selection

Proposals will be selected by a dedicated panel, including external experts and researchers from the Paris Seine Initiative, on the basis of evaluation reports written by external reviewers. The general criteria taken into account in the assessment are:

  • The scientific quality and innovative character of the project
  • The strategic nature of the project and its contribution to the scientific development of the initiative Paris-Seine.
  • The expertise of the applicant and candidate

External reviewers will evaluate each proposal. Each reviewer will be provided with the same framework and clear instructions for performing the marking:

Excellence of the candidate will be evaluated on two criteria:

  • Research experience and scientific production including patents, publications...
  • Consistency of the candidate’s profile with the research project (scientific background and experience in the field

Research project will be evaluated on two criteria:

  • Scientific/technological quality and innovative nature of the project
  • Structure of the project (precise definition of expected outputs, selected methods, setting of milestones).

General enquiries can be addressed at:

[1] UCP operates five main technological platforms: PATRIMEX (laser platform for the analysis of material for cultural heritage), PeptLab (molecular diagnosis), COSMETOMICS (characterization and analysis of cosmetic substances), TechEduLab (digital technologies for education), Smart Embedded Systems (digital technologies in health-care, with ENSEA). It plays a leading role in the large European infrastructure E-RHIS. ESSEC operates an Experimental Laboratory for economics, psychology and behavioral science. Université Paris Seine is also a member of several national technological platforms Robotex (in the field of robotics), the Synchrotron Soleil, ATTOLAB (rapid electronic dynamic), Vedecom (carbon-free vehicules).

Where to send resume: