Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellowship

Apply with IMT Atlantique and join us!

Thinking about your next career step and willing to boost your career by joining a technological university ranked among the top 400 universities in the world (Top 151-175 for Computer Science and Engineering, Top 201-250 for Physical sciences (THE ranking), Top 201-300 for Management (Shangaï ranking)]) and 22th to the THE World’s Best Small Universities Rankings (2022) ?

Willing to experience intersectoral, interdisciplinary and/or international research?

Looking to carry out your research in a new technological university putting industrial, environmental, societal and/or digital transitions as a priority challenge?

In that case you can apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship with IMT Atlantique as host institution!

The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships fund promising postdoctoral researchers with a view to develop their academic and transferable skills and enhance their career prospects by moving and working abroad.

By applying with IMT Atlantique, you give yourself a chance to join a technological university awarded with the « Bienvenue en France label », a recognition delivered by campus France for our capacity to welcome and host international researchers with the best conditions.

By joining us, you will be supervised by top-leaders:

  • 20 M€ of research funding every year
  • 300 PhD students supervised
  • 800 publications with an average Field Weighted Citation Index of 1,45 between 2016 and 2021
  • 24 ongoing EU projects
  • high connection with the industrial world (10 industrial chairs and 40 industrial core partners), etc…

You can apply if:

  • You are an Experienced Researcher eg. in possession of a doctoral degree at the time of the call deadline   and a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research.
  • You comply with the mobility rule: eg. you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline (September 13th, 2023). All nationalities welcome!
  • You want to carry out an innovative research: only the best proposals will be selected by the European Commission. All domains of research are eligible!
  • You already have great achievements in research: CV is an important criterion of MSCA application

European commission

Table 1. Conditions of the European Fellowship
Duration 12 to 24 months
Funding (salary) € 5 892 per month (gross salary)

Funding (support to research and mobility

€ 1 000 per month
Training Portfolio of transferable skills offered which includes an innovative entrepreneurship training module
Supervision 115 Full PhD / High-quality supervisors at IMT Atlantique
Secondment An interdisiplinary and/or intersectoral mobility (3 months up to 1/3 of fellowship) is encouraged when relevant


Useful links : MSCA  Funding & tender opportunities & MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship


Additional benefits:

The fellows receive institutional support and guidance to the installation language courses, accommodation, banking, day care, schooling & family related issues, entry conditions/visas, health insurance, medical care, taxation/salaries, unemployment, work permit, etc. Accommodation in Brest, Nantes and Rennes can also be facilitated upon arrival, by the International Houses in these cities.

How to apply to MSCA fellowship with IMT Atlantique:

Step 1: Find a supervisor at IMT Atlantique (application before March 31st, 2023)

  • Pre-determined topics: You apply to one or two research subject(s) provided by supervisors (please see table 2 below) + CV + Personal statement (see below)
  • OR Open topics: You want to propose a research project which is not mentioned in the list, please send us:
  1. Your CV
  2. A personal statement (maximum of 3 pages, free writing) that includes a personal introduction, qualifications and achievements, career development objectives, general motivation
  3. A two-page work plan proposition.


If your application is retained by a supervisor at IMT Atlantique (Feedback: End of April 2023), then, the next step is to apply jointly to the MSCA PF (call launched by the European Commission).


Step 2: Prepare the application to the MSCA PF

End April 2023

  • You receive an informative MSCA-PF starter package (Fellow + supervisors + EU project manager)
  • You elaborate jointly the research approach with your supervisor (April 2023)

Mid May 2023

  • You receive a dedicated training session “Preparing for an Horizon Europe MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship” + advise on institutional aspects and horizontal issues (open science, gender, ethics and research data management…) + advise on how to write your proposal

June 2023

  • One joint meeting (fellow + supervisors + EU project manager) for proofreading

July or August 2023

  • One joint meeting (fellow + supervisors + EU project manager) for proofreading

September 2023

  • One joint meeting (fellow + supervisors + EU project manager) for proofreading
  • Administrative support for your MSCA PF application
  • We apply for you (deadline for the application: September 13th, 2023).

Liste des topics proposés et superviseurs

Nuclear reactor modeling

Supervisor : Lydie GIOT

Keywords: reactor physics, decay heat, Molten salt reactors, nuclear safety, Monte Carlo methods, nuclear data

Competences needed by the fellow ;Reactor physics, Monte-Carlo techniques, Python Programming, Depletion calculations for spent fuel

Learn more

Study and optimization of high rate pairing of ionization and scintillation signals produced by high energy gamma-rays with the XEMIS2 camera

Superviso : Dominique THERS

Keywords : particle detector; liquid xenon; Compton telescop; PET imaging; 3gammas imaging; Single high energy gamma imaging; Multimodality; gamma rays radiation control; small animal imaging; precision medicine; ionisation *//*chamber; Time Projection chamber; Photodetection; Embedded artificial intelligence.

Competences : PhD in Experimental Nuclear/Particle Physics or in Medical Imaging Instrumentation.

Compétences needed by the fellow:

  • data processing and analysis, development of algorithms based on neural networks or machine learning

  • mastery of simulation tools such as Geant4

  • development of gas or liquid detectors

  • dynamic, positive and adept at international teamwork with the desire to supervise the search for promising young shoots (internship and thesis

Learn more:
The candidate will be in charge of supervising the development of experimental methods to match the light and charge signals produced within the Compton XEMIS2 camera, a large liquid xenon Time Projection Chamber.

In its initial phase, XEMIS2 will be able to produce very low dose
images of small mammals at the University Hospital of Nantes, the optimization of both photodetection system and algorithms for matching charge and light signals will also make it possible to offer ultrafast images in a second phase

The candidate will join the Xenon experimenter research team of the Subatech laboratory and may also contribute to the search for rare events within the international XENON collaboration.

Machine Learning for 6G-Era Smart Wireless Environments

Supervisors : Samir SAOUDI
et Mustapha Benjillali

Keywords : Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RIS), Wireless Communications

Short abstract: In the context of wireless communications evolution towards future 6G networks, the concept of smart radio environments, based on reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RIS), has been gaining a lot of traction. The idea of being able to change the propagation environment is not only conceptually interesting but also highly beneficial in a variety of scenarios. However, the development of RIS for applications in wireless communications is at its first stages, and many practical aspects still need to be thoroughly investigated. The goal of the project is to evaluate the potential implementation approaches, and practically investigate the modeling and optimization of RIS-assisted communications. As this multi-objective optimization will have to be performed given limited information about the channel; the adoption of tools from the machine learning field is an attractive option that is being advocated and demonstrated currently. The project is hence, by nature, multi-disciplinary, as it lies at the intersection of different fields: from communications to machine learning, from electronics and hardware to software and simulation. Different partners, from different countries, with different backgrounds and diversified expertise, will be involved in the project.

Investigating multimodal perception for augmented humans and immersive technologies

Supervisor : Etienne PEILLARD

Keywords:augmented reality, virtual reality, perception and augmented vision, perceptual bias analysis, cognitive ergonomics and immersive systems

Competences needed by the fellow:Augmented reality / virtual reality application design, computer vision, user experiment design, Unity programming for immersive systems

Sustainable advanced fuels and biorefineries

Supervisor : Sary AWAD

Do you have a Ph.D in Chemical engineering applied to biomass, biofuels or biorefineries, in energy engineering or in fluid mechanics applied to thermal applications? Do you master analytical techniques in biomass conversion domain ( FTIR, XRD, XRF, Gas Chromatography, TGA, DSC, Fuel characterization) OR in modelling tools applied to the up-mentioned domains (Comsol Multiphysics, ASPEN, ANSYS etc.)?

You have a project seed concerning the following domains: Biofuels, Advanced sustainable fuels for aviation and maritime sectors, Thermochemical processes, biomass, organic wastes, plastic wastes, experimental and numerical approaches coupling ? And you need help to consolidate your ideas before joining a renown research team and have access to an equipped technological platform? Then, this call and this topic are for you. Do not hesitate to contact us to build together a project taking into account your skills, your ambition and our capacity to support you

Keywords :Biofuels, Advanced sustainable fuels for aviation and maritime sectors, Thermochemical processes, biomass, organic wastes, plastic wastes, experimental and numerical approaches coupling

Competences needed by the fellow:

Experience in one of the following fields :

  • Chemical engineering (applied to biofuels, biomass, biorefineries)
  • Energy (thermal) engineering
  • Fluid mechanics (thermal applications)
The candidates must provide a laboratory experience with the mastery of one or more  analytic techniques (FTIR, XRD, XRF, Gas Chromatography, Fuel characterization) OR mastery of digital tools(Comsol Multiphysics, ASPEN, ANSYS etc.)
The candidates must justify goog scientific writing skills

Réussite avec un programme Marie-curie : Heavy QGP

Contact :

Julien Prud’homme

European project manager


Tel : +33