Attracting new talents

UCAJEDI has implemented various actions, some of which are additive, to increase the attractiveness of Université Côte d'Azur to students, young researchers, experienced researchers and collaborators. These efforts have been developed and implemented by the Academies, in particular, for solutions specifically adapted to their areas of interest.

Chairs of excellence 

The IDEX enabled Université Côte d'Azur to attract highly skilled researchers, thereby strenghtening the university's excellence in research and education.

C. Bouveyron

Professor of applied mathematics (statistics and AI) at Université Côte d’Azur in Nice France, Charles Bouveyron holds the Chair Inria in Data Sciences. He is research fellow and associate director at the Institut 3IA Côte d’Azur. Member of the team Epione and leader of the team Maasai in INRIA Sophia-Antipolis. His research interests include statistical learning (clustering, classification, regression) in high dimensions, adaptive statistical learning (uncertain labels, evolving distributions, novelty detection). Statistical learning on networks, functional data and heterogeneous data and applications of statistical learning (medicine, image analysis, chemometrics, humanities, ...).


S. Nazarenko

Sergey Nazarenko is CNRS Research Director at Université Côte d'Azur. His research focuses on fluid dynamics, turbulence, and waves, including wave turbulence, magneto-hydrodynamic turbulence, superfluid turbulence, water waves, Rossby waves, vortices and jets in geophysical fluids, drift waves and zonal jets in plasmas, optical vortices and turbulence, and turbulence in Bose-Einstein condensates. In 2019, he was awarded, together with Giorgio Krstulovic, CNRS researcher at the J.L. Lagrange laboratory, a research grant of 8 millions from the Simons Foundation of New York to study wave turbulence. Researchers in mathematics and physics will be involved in this interdisciplinary and international research aimed at understanding and explaining the turbulence of waves. 


J.-P. Ampuero

Jean-Paul Ampuero is IRD Research Director at Université Côte d'Azur. Former Professor of Seismology in the Seismological Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), his research is primarily aimed at understanding the physics of earthquakes, combining theoretical, computational and observational approaches. He is also broadly interested in the assessment, prevention and mitigation of earthquake hazard, in particular in large urban areas close to subduction zones, like in Peru, his native country. 


F. Castellaneta

Francesco Castellaneta is Professor of Strategy and Entreprenariat at Université Côte d'Azur and SKEMA Business School Chair. His research aims to understand how business organisations use, acquire, build and protect their resources in the context of complex strategies.


Advanced research program 

Advanced Research Program fellowships are primarily intended for external researchers, lecturers and artists who wish to collaborate with Université Côte d'Azur research groups. The objective is to bring high-level researchers and artists to the laboratories and research groups of Université Côte d'Azur for a moderately long period (1 to 2 semesters). The presence of these experts will promote our region and their interactions with our teams will strengthen our research and creative potential, and thus significantly increase the reputation of Université Côte d'Azur. We envisage that these visits could also lead to the future recruitment of talented researchers and artists.

Elena A. Erosheva

Elena A. Erosheva is Professor of Statistics and Social Work at University of Washington and invited for 12 months at Université Côte d'Azur. Her page at UW.

Ragini Verma

Ragini Verma, Professor of Radiology, Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Pennsylvania and invited for 9 months at Université Côte d'Azur. Her page at UPenn.

Gregory Lewkovicz

Gregory Lewkowicz, Professor of Law at Université Libre de Bruxelles and invited for 12 months at Université Côte d'Azur. His page at ULB.

Karim Benyekhlef

Karim Benyekhlef is Professor of Law at Université de Montréal. He was appointed Chair of Excellence and invited by DL4T funded by IDEX.

Irène Kopelman

Irène Kopelman is a plastic artist coming from Amsterdam for 12 months. 

Vincent Gripon

Vincent Gripon is researcher at IMT Atlantique in artificial intelligence and deep learning and invited for 6 months. His page at IMT Atlantique.

Nick Aikens

Nick Aikens, Research curator at Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven),  Research Affiliate at HEAD, invited for 8 months at Université Côte d'Azur.

Alin Achim

Alin Achim, Professor of Computational Imaging at University of Bristol, invited for 10 months at Université Côte d'Azur.

Lab installation bonus

In 2016, the Academy of Excellence "Complexity and diversity of living systems" implemented an ambitious policy to attract promising young researchers who benefited from the CNRS Momentum program or INSERM's ATIP. It provides a €50k startup bonus for teams who join Université Côte d´Azur and invest a fraction of their efforts in the development of inter / transdisciplinary projects. Since January 2019, the co-funding has been extended to senior teams, subject to their relocation to Université Côte d'Azur with a new project assessed for excellence and funded by a competitive national or international call for proposals.
This scheme made it possible to welcome:

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Complex systems academy: University positions with installation support

The "Complex Systems" Academy of Excellence has set up an installation support system which aims to increase the pool of candidates with backgrounds compatible with the themes of the Academy who are interested in joining Université Côte d'Azur laboratories. Launched in parallel with the campaign for faculty positions in Spring 2019 and the recruitment campaign for research organizations, it has benefited 13 recruits. For future recruited lecturers or researchers, the Academy has made available a start-up grant of €20k over 16 months. For professors or research directors arriving on the site, the start-up allocation could reach €40k depending on the project, managed by the relevant laboratory. In addition, the Academy wishes to make available funding on request from laboratories within its scope, to allow potential candidates from abroad to come for a short stay to make contact.


Cofund BoostUrCareer

The BoostUrCAreer project aims at implementing a unique multidisciplinary doctoral programme in e-health at Université Côte d’Azur, relying on the 3 "I" principles: interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international, to guarantee scientific excellence and professional development. This project is supported by the European Commission, UCAJEDI and the Conseil Region Sud-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Welcome Center and MIO

The Welcome Center is the point of entry to Université Côte d'Azur and its partners for new and visiting researchers and faculty, international PhD students and their partners. This service is dedicated to welcoming and assisting them with their administrative procedures. The Welcome Center provides accommodation at Nice and Sophia Antipolis Faculty Clubs. The Welcome Center has formed a joint unit with the Alpes-Maritimes Prefecture to facilitate immigration procedures. An agreement with the rectorate of the Académie de Nice also facilitates the enrolment of children of new researchers in local schools.
The MSc International Office (MIO) has proven to be a valuable asset in helping international students to get themselves settled within Université Côte d'Azur and the region. MIO provides administrative support at different levels (academic as well as social) and has helped our new students to find their way in France and to contribute to the society in their own way. Advice is available to students both on-campus and virtually, for students participating in online courses.