TALENT PROGRAM - Paris Seine Initiative (excellence initiative)

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    University Paris Seine
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences
    Professions and applied sciences
    Social sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2) (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent)
    Established Researcher (R3) (Researchers who have developed a level of independence)


The Paris Seine Initiative TALENT PROGRAM invites applications from high-profile young researchers willing to develop their research in one of the Paris Seine research groups.

It offers the possibility to young researchers to demonstrate their capacity to lead an ambitious research project at the highest level, as well as a research team, in all academic fields. The recruitment will take the form of junior chairs,with a duration of three years, integrated in a Paris Seine research center and offering attractive compensation and research environment. The project will contribute to the development of the Paris Seine scientific community. It is expected that the research program of the candidate be articulated with the research strategy of the hosting Paris Seine research center and create research synergies therein, and beyond.

Paris Seine Initiative gathers the University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP), ESSEC Business School, and EISTI engineering school. These three institutions have joined forces under an ambitious project, with the objective to boost their research potential and international attractiveness.

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

  • 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 TALENT program is part of a wider scheme to foster scientific excellence and internationalization within the Paris Seine Initiative for excellence (http://theparisseineinitiative.org/news/calls-for-proposals-2020-presentation/).

Desired Profile

The TALENT PROGRAM welcomes applications from junior researchers with two to ten years of postdoctoral experience and with a high research potential as demonstrated by their past academic achievements and their innovative and ambitious research project.

What is funded

Financial support is adjustable, depending on the research project and the researcher’s experience; it may in particular include:

  • the salary of the chair holder;
  • operational costs, research and dissemination expenses associated with the project,
  • funding for a technician, a postdoctoral or a doctoral researcher associated with the project;
  • teaching waivers for candidates currently preparing an application for a Paris Seine permanent position.


TALENT PROGRAM positions are awarded for a duration of three years


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 TALENT PROGRAM position.

Their research project must be supported by the head of the Paris Seine research group(s) that align(s) with their project. To this end, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the directors of the Paris Seine research centers before pre-submitting their project abstract in the application process described below. Only projects that have been co-built with the relevant Paris Seine research group(s) will be considered by the evaluation committee. Final application will have to be promoted by supporting research groups from the Paris Seine Initiative.

Applicants must not have previously held a research position (including PhD) at any of the institutions of the Paris Seine Initiative.

How to apply

Through the web application portal: https://apply.theparisseineinitiative.org

  • Monday 4th November 2019: web portal opening, including application material;
  • Before Friday 17th January 2020, 1pm: candidates must pre-submit a project abstract;
  • Before Friday 14th February 2020, 1pm : all candidates must submit their final application

Details on the TALENT PROGRAM, the application process and the contacts of Paris Seine research center scan be found in the attachement.



TALENT PROGRAM description (375.46 KB)


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