Employability and career opportunities

Université Côte d'Azur is committed to developing close ties with the local socio-economic ecosystem: companies, institutions, professional networks, non-profits and university alumni.
Today, over 1,000 companies are partners and members of the Université Côte d'Azur community.

Surveys on the future careers of doctoral students
The national employability survey organized by the MESR is conducted by the Observatory of student life and employability team of Université Côte d'Azur.

Surveys are carried out every two years.

Read the surveys

Université Côte d'Azur also participates in major national surveys. The National Network of Doctoral Colleges (Réseau national des collèges doctoraux - NRNCD) —of which Université Côte d'Azur is a member— has launched its 2023 survey of doctoral students enrolled in 2022-2023 and their supervisors.
This is the second national survey, the first was conducted in 2021.

Finally, the Ministry publishes its own surveys on the condition of higher education, research and innovation. One section is dedicated to the future careers of doctoral graduates.

Postdoctoral contracts under public law

A professional transition contract provides young researchers with professional experience complementary to their doctorate. It allows them to expand their research experience, transition more easily to permanent positions in public research and, if possible, take on scientific responsibilities. Young doctoral graduates can be recruited for a research operation or project up to three years after they have obtained their doctoral diploma.

The post-doctoral contract, governed by public law, allows a young researcher to be recruited to carry out research as part of a project selected in response to a call for projects. The decree no. 2021-1450 of November 4, 2021 relating to the public-law post-doctoral contract provided for in article L. 412-4 of the Research Code sets out the recruitment procedures, conditions of employment and support measures implemented for the beneficiaries of these post-doctoral contracts. Many offers are advertised on the EURAXESS website.

Post-doctoral contracts under private law

The postdoctoral contract under private law is intended for staff employed under private law by public industrial and commercial research institutions, public interest foundations whose main activity is public research, private companies involved in research and development, and private higher education institutions of general interest.

Decree no. 2021-1232 of September 25, 2021 relating to the private-law postdoctoral contract provided for in article L. 431-5 of the French Research Code sets out the support measures implemented for researchers recruited under a private-law postdoctoral contract, particularly in terms of professional training, induction periods and career development in France and abroad.

Temporary teaching and research assistants (ATER)

Temporary teaching and research assistants (A.T.E.R.) are governed by Decree 88-654 of May 7, 1988 relating to the recruitment of temporary teaching and research assistants in public higher education institutions.
Calls for applications are listed in the ATER calls published on the Galaxie departmental application (subject to updating by the Ministry).


The University has over 180 professions divided into 14 professional families. This diversity of professions offers a wealth of opportunities and the chance to work in a variety of professional environments, including our university graduate schools (EURs), our institutes and components, research laboratories), libraries, central services, shared services, etc.

Working at Université Côte d'Azur

Its different campuses are located mainly in Nice, Sophia Antipolis and Cannes but they extend as far as La Seyne-sur-Mer and Menton. The university employs more than 3,000 staff members who are spearheading efforts in RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND EDUCATION and inventing a model university for the 21st century.

Working at Université Côte d'Azur