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International Doctoral Programme of ESPCI Paris «UPTOPARIS»
Evolving from a municipal school established to train industrial production managers, it has achieved the status of a major institute of higher education in science and engineering, which recruits students via the most selective competitive examination in France.
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Location: Paris, France
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International Doctoral Programme of ESPCI Paris «UPTOPARIS»

«UPtoPARIS» is an ambitious international doctoral programme of ESPCI Paris which aims to train young researchers by giving them high-quality knowledge and skills directly linked to the needs of the European and international industry and market.

This programme of ESPCI Paris will offer a unique environment to highly selected PhD students expected to produce top-level scientific research ready to be translated into technical and societal innovations. This will be achieved by promoting interdisciplinary fundamental research, by connecting it with industry through the wide intersectoral network of ESPCI Paris partners, and by stimulating the development of high-technology start-up companies. In addition to a research experience per se, it will offer students an international training and a dedicated Career development training programme.

Based on interdisciplinarity (biology, chemistry, physics), internationality and intersectoriality, the « 3i’s », « UPtoPARIS » is a major project for ESPCI in terms of recruitment of excellent international researchers and of public-private partnerships. It is in line with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), which encourages transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility of talented foreign researchers. Thanks to the European Commission’s support, the project funds 30 fellowships in 3 calls (10 PhD students/call). The PhD students will work within the ESPCI’s research units during the 3 years of their fellowship.

Details of the PhD projects are available here below:


UPtoPARIS in brief

  • 30 international PhD students
  • Top level interdisciplinary scientific research
  • Connecting with the industry through intersectoral network of ESPCI

Why join the UPtoPARIS PhD programme?

• A three-year work contract with health insurance and various social benefits, as well as a competitive remuneration. Financial support for international research training and conferences and contribution to research costs are also provided;

• Excellent working conditions in a campus in the heart of Paris, which provides an exceptional scientific environment conducive to rich, original exchanges;

• A Career development Training Programme and a personalised monitoring by providing a high quality interdisciplinary training and a large variety of transferable skills courses. Fellows will define Career development plan elaborated in the beginning of the thesis and updated with the supervisor during the whole duration of their projects. Specific training in ethics will be provided to the fellows.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following formal criteria:

  • Citizens of any nationality may apply to the programme.
  • At the time of the call deadline, applicants must be in possession or finalizing their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree, which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.
  • Applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career (career breaks excluded) and not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Applicants must fulfil the transnational mobility rule: incoming applicants must not have 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 call deadline.

Calls for application

Three international calls will take place during the UPtoPARIS selection process. Ten PhD positions are available for each call.


Further Information

For further information about the programme, the calls or the selection procedure, please go to our website:



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Location: Paris, France
Post-Doc position in Chemistry / Microfluidics
ESPCI Paris is a major institution of higher education (a French "Grande École d’ingénieurs"), an internationally renowned research center (6 Nobel Prizes), and a fertile ground of innovation for industry (3 start-ups created/year). ESPCI is a highly multidisciplinary...



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