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 

UCAJEDI has enabled us to attract highly skilled researchers to Université Cote d'Azur, thereby strenghtening the University's excellence in research and education.

C. Bouveyron

Professor of applied mathematics (statistics and AI) at Université Côte d’Azur, 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, ...).

Charles Bouveyron
Charles Bouveyron

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. 

Serguey Nazarenko
Serguey Nazarenko

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. 

Jean-Paul Ampuero
Jean-Paul Ampuero

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.

Francesco Castellaneta
Francesco Castellaneta

E. 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.
Elena A. Erosheva
Elena A. Erosheva
G. Lewkovicz

Gregory Lewkovicz, professor of law at Université Libre de Bruxelles, is invited for 12 months at Université Côte d'Azur.

K. Benyekhlef

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

K. Sigloch

Karin Sigloch is a CNRS research director at Université Côte d'Azur. She studies the structure and dynamics of the earth’s interior, from surface to core. Her primary tool is seismic tomography, the 3-D imaging of the solid earth's interior using the seismic waves generated by large earthquakes.

Previously professor of geophysics at the University of Oxford, she was drawn to the university and the Côte d’Azur Observatory by its links to the ocean - specifically the extraordinary opportunities offered to develop and deploy novel, autonomous sensors for seismology. The oceans make up two thirds of the earth's surface. They could never be entirely covered by existing technology and are therefore one of the great observational frontiers of geophysics.

Karin Sigloch
Karin Sigloch

A. Boisson-Dernier
Dr. Aurélien Boisson-Dernier was born in Paris, earned his degree at Université Paul Sabatier,Toulouse, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. He was awarded an ERC Marie Curie fellowship to teach at the University of Zürich, before joining the University of Cologne where he led his own research team. He is now an INRAE research director at the Agrobiotech Institute of Sophia and holds a UCAJEDI Chair of Excellence at Université Côte d’Azur.

Dr. Aurélien Boisson-Dernier is passionate about the complexity of signaling pathways that sessile plants develop to grow and adapt to their ever-changing environment. His research interests focus on the role of the plant cell wall - the rigid yet flexible shell that surrounds plant cells - during plant development and interaction with phytopathogens. He leads an interdisciplinary project that combines molecular, cellular and evolutionary biology, genetics and biochemistry.
Aurélien Boisson-Dernier
Aurélien Boisson-Dernier

Advanced research program 

The Advanced Research Program offers attractive grants to renowned external researchers, faculty and artists wishing to collaborate with groups at Université Côte d’Azur. The goal is to integrate them into the laboratories and research groups of Université Côte d'Azur, for a relatively long period (1 to 2 semesters), in order to strengthen research and creativity and contribute to increasing the reputation of Université Côte d'Azur. We envisage that this scheme may also lead to future recruitment for permanent positions.

I. Kopelman

Irène Kopelman is a plastic artist coming from Amsterdam for 12 months at Université Côte d'Azur for her project If we were to look at regeneration with a different eye.

V. Gripon

Vincent Gripon is a researcher at IMT Atlantique in artificial intelligence and deep learning. He is invited for 6 months for his project Conjoining robustness improvement and compression -optimization/resource reduction- for deep neural networks.

N. Aikens

Nick Aikens, research curator at the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven) and research affiliate at HEAD, is invited for 8 months at Université Côte d'Azur for his project Nationalisms and Internationalisms : the 1990s and today.

R. Bachelard

Romain Bachelard is a full professor of physics at the Federal University of São Carlos in Brazil. His research focuses on atom-photon interactions.
He is invited for 18-month for his project Classical and quantum scattering of light by disordered systems.

R. Manzini

Rita Manzini is a full professor at the Department of Letters and Philosophy of University of Florence and an Internationally known linguist. Her research focuses on generative grammar, syntax, morphosyntax, Romance linguistics and dialectology.
She is invited for 12-month for her project Models of language variation: evidence from Romance dialects and in-contact languages (MoLav).

H. Teisseyre

Henryk Teisseyre is a full Professor of Physics of the Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. His research focuses on novel semiconductor physics, and more specifically nitrides. He is searching for new fundamental phenomena and enabling new device functionalities. He is invited for eight months for his project Dipolar exciton fluids on high-quality GaN substrates (DIPOLEX).

Publication scientifique :

1 --- Tomasz Stefaniuk, Jan Suffczy'nski, Malgorzata Wierzbowska, Jaroslaw Z. Domagala, Jaroslaw Kisielewski, Andrzej Klos, Alexander Korneluk and Henryk Teisseyre, Optical, electronic, and structural properties of ScAlMgO4, Phy.Rev. 2023,B 107, 085205

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:

acad 4
acad 4

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.