Particles, Hadrons, Energy, Nuclei, Instrumentation, Imaging, Cosmos et Simulation (PHENIICS)

L'école doctorale

The doctoral school

PHENIICS (ED N° 576) is the doctoral school of Ile-de-France centered around the themes of subatomic physics. PHENIICS spans  the fundamental to applied sciences, and is rooted in the unique network of world-renowed research institutes on these themes situated in the University of Paris-Saclay.

PHENIICS aims to accompany the doctoral student through the transition from an academic background to the beginning of a career in business, administration, higher education, and public research. Throughout the three years of the PhD program, the main goals of the doctoral school are to:

    attract the top students to scientific programs of PHENIICS
    guarantee a positive PhD experience and serve as an intermediary between the student and their thesis advisor or research team
    help each student work to their academic highest potential, notably through access to the wider network of professors and researchers of the doctoral school
    provide opportunities for building a professional network through seminars, invited professors, national and international conferences, student congresses, meetings with industry recruters and alumni, etc
    foster the development of a well-rounded scientific culture by encouraging interdisciplinary interactions among research groups under the PHENIICS umbrella of subjects
    encourage interaction with the international research community at the highest level
    develop the skills necessary for career development;
    prepare students for quick placement after graduation in the best industry and academic instutions

To attain these goals, the doctoral school aims for synergy between research institutes and pedagogical opportunities. PHENIICS benefits from the close proximity of numerous world-renowed academic and research institutes within the perimeter of Paris-Saclay that come together in the doctoral program. The academic excellence of PHENIICS is rooted in the diversity of ways in which science is explored: from fundamental theory to appliciations and societal implications, through academic courses and hands-on research. A strong collaboration exists among the engineering schools, institutes, and University of Paris-Sud, leading to an academic offering rich in interdisciplinary themes and real-world training that serves the diverse collection of students and institutes in the PHENIICS family. Exchanges among the doctoral and engineering schools are particularly fostered in the areas of instrumentation, accelerator, and nuclear physics,  to profit from the complementary expertises in fundamental and applied sciences in these domains.

The Scope of the Doctoral School

The scientific domains of PHENIICS include particle physics, nuclear physics, cosmology and astrophysics, nuclear energy, and theoretical physics particularly where there is a strong dialog with experiment (phenomenology, quantum field theory, gravitation, the N-body problem, etc). A vibrant instrumentation program covers accelerator and detector physics, including simulations and optimization. The applications and societal aspects of these domains, like radiochemistry and medical imaging, round out the PHENIICS offering and provide a multifaceted educational experience for the doctoral students of the University of Paris-Saclay.  

To develop synergies among the various expertises present at Paris-Saclay, the doctoral school is backed by six research institutes (UMR) from the University of Paris-Sud, two from École Polytechnique, the four divisions of CEA, and two research units of the IRSN. The University of Paris-Sud, the CEA, and the École Polytechnique are each co-responsibles of the doctoral school.

PHENIICS covers a vast panorama of research subjects, from the most fundamental to applied sciences. Specifically, the major themes of PHENIICS are:

    Astrophysics and Cosmology
    Nuclear Astrophysics and Nucleosynthesis
    The Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Radioprotection, and Radiochemistry
    Nuclear Energy
    Medical Imaging
    Instrumentation for Space
    Accelerator Physics
    Hadronic Physics
    Particle Physics
    Radio and Hadron Therapies
    Nuclear Structure and Reactions
    Detector Systems for Subatomic Physics

Rooted in the world-renowned expertise of the Paris-Saclay institutes, the doctoral school proposes courses, seminars, and exchanges around these thematics. This diverse scientific spectrum within the same academic program encourages interactions among students and researchers with different specialities but shared fudamental interests. The comprehensive academic offering from the internationally renowned institutes of Paris-Saclay is unique, and attracts the top students from around the world.


The PHENIICS doctoral school encompasses all the grand laboratories of subatomic physics (IPN, Irfu, LAL, and LLR) of which the respective research programs are highly complementary including theory, experiment, cosmology, instrumentation, imaging, radiochemistry, radioprotection, nuclear fuel cycles, and accelerator physics.  The identity of the doctoral school is rooted in these subjects centered around the theme of subatomic physics and cojointly explored by the University, CEA-Saclay, and Ecole Polytechnique.

A general overview presentation of PHENIICS may be found below


Become a PhD student

To learn more about how to do your PhD at PHENIICS, and what it means to be a University Paris-Saclay doctoral student, follow the links below:

Why and how to become a doctoral student?

PHENIICS Laboratories

The laboratories affiliated with the PHENIICS program are:

University of Paris-Saclay:


Ecole Polytechnique:



François Arléo (Ecole Polytechnique/LLR):
Aurélie Desbrée (IRSN) :
Samira Hassani (CEA/DSM/Irfu):
Patrice Hello (Université Paris Sud/LAL):
David Verney (IN2P3/IPN):

PHENIICS Secretary

Mme Sophie GARUS :   
Tel: 01 64 46 85 62

PhD-Student Representatives

It is important for PhD students themselves to be involved in running the Doctoral school PHENIICS. PHD student representatives are part of the PHENIICS Council .They then may report  to the doctoral school PHENIICS’s senior faculty members  any requirements related to the organization of PhD supervision, concerns about their material conditions (e.g. offices, funding), etc. They act also as observers during the candidate interviews of the Doctoral School Competition.

Elections will be held electronically from 27th to 30th january (midday)

You can see below the motivations of the candidates to apply for this position :

Dee Jay CERICO ( 2nd year PhD student – laboratory : IJC Lab (ex : CSNSM))

Jean-Grégoire DUCOIN (  2nd year PhD student – laboratory : IJC Lab (ex : LAL))

Alexandre DUVERNE  ( 1st year PhD student – laboratory : IJC Lab (ex : LAL))

Dounia HELIS ( 2nd year PhD student – laboratory : IRFU)

Alexandre MOUTARDIER ( 1st year PhD student – laboratory : IJC Lab (ex : IPNO))

Alice ROUSSEAU ( 1st year PhD student – laboratory : CEA LIST)

The ED Council

The PHENIICS council brings together the principal actors from the various ED laboratories, as well as local business leaders, other doctoral school and student representatives. 

The council meets at least 3 times a year and discuss about the strategy of the doctoral school.

The council members may be found in the document below.

2018-2019 :

2017-2018 :

2016-2017 :

2015-2016 :


There are two important yearly events for the PHENIICS community. 

They are:

  • The new entrants'day entitled PHENIICS Fresher's day is mandatory for all 1st year PhD students.
  • The annual PHENIICS Fest, a conference organized by PHENIICS students for PHENIICS students. Everyone is invited to attend and contribute through posters and talks. This year's event will be held May 28 and 29th 2020, at the Linear Accelerator Laboratory on the campus of Paris-Sud. The website for this year's event may be found here (updated soon).


The doctoral school gives a thesis award to a maximum of 10% of graduating students each year. Each laureate receives a prize of 1000 euros.

The winners are decided by the ED council during their March meeting.

The prizes are awarded during the annual ED conference, normally held in April or May.

The thesis must have been defended during the previous year.

For 2018, the prizes will be awarded in 2019.

Thesis prize winner PHENIICS 2019 (by alphabetical order) :

  • BEAUMONT Tiffany (IRSN) for her thesis entitled : "3D printing contribution to create a set of calibration phantoms dedicated to personalized measurements in internal dosimetry"
  • GAMELIN Alexis (LAL) for his thesis entitled : "Collective effects in a transient microbunching regime and ion cloud mitigation in ThomX"
  • LASSERI Raphaël-David (IPNO) for his thesis entitled : "Spatial distribution of strongly correlated fermions in strong interaction : Formalism, methods and phenomology applied to nuclear structure"
  • LELOUP Clément (DPhp) for his entitled : "Experimental constraints on dark sector models with light scalar field in cosmology and particles physics"
  • ZOLOTAROVA Anastasiia (DPhp) for her thesis entitled : "Study and selection of scintillating crystals for the bolometric search for neutrinoless double beta decay"

The award will be done at the end of the PHENIICS FEST  Tuesday may 29th 2019.


- Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière (CSNSM)
- CPHT - Centre de Physique Théorique
- Département de Physique des Particules (DPhP)
- Département de Physique Nucléaire (DPhN)
- Département des Accélérateurs, de Cryogénie et de Magnétisme (DACM)
- Direction des activités nucléaires de Saclay (DanS)
- Imagerie et modélisation en neurobiologie et cancérologie (IMNC)
- Institut d'astrophysique spatiale (IAS)
- Institut de physique nucléaire d'Orsay (IPNO)
- Institut de recherche sur les lois fondamentales de l’Univers (Irfu)
- Laboratoire de l'accélérateur linéaire (LAL)
- Laboratoire de physique théorique (LPT)
- Laboratoire Leprince-Ringuet (LLR)
- Laboratoire national Henri Becquerel (LNHB)
- Synchrotron SOLEIL (SOLEIL)

Inscription et réinscription


Registration for the 2019-2020 academic year was opened.  The registration procedure is described below.

To register, first please connect to your account through:

The ADUM Registration Page

Once connected to ADUM,

    Click the button for registration.
    Start the procedure for academic registration (inscription pédagogique).
    Fill out the online form with your personal and professional information. Note that certain fields are required to proceed with the registration process.
    Upload to ADUM a pdf containing copies of all the required documents (the signed annual progress report is not necessary at this stage). Make sure to keep the originals which may be needed for verification later.
    Click to finish the registration process, a button which will only be active once all the required fields are filled.
    Print the registration authorisation (autorisation d’inscription), the academic report (dossier de scolarité), and the training agreement (convention de formation), partially filled by ADUM.  In the training agreement, the training roadmap (article 3) shall be filled with the courses you would like to follow during your thesis (see the tabs "Doctorate advancement" and "Courses" ).

    For first year registration, signatures must be obtained for the:
        terms of the doctoral contrat (charte du doctorat)
        training agreement (convention de formation)
        internal regulations of PHENIICS : ri_pheniics.pdf


    For second and third year registration, signatures must be obtained for the:
        training agreement (convention de formation) (update your individual training plan)
        annual progress report: rapport_annuel_avancement_travaux_pheniics.docx


    At the end of the thesis, if the defense will take place after September 1st, it is necessary to re-register at no cost (details may be found here).

Finally, all students must :

    Obtain the requested signatures on the registration authorization form (formulaire d’autorisation d’inscription)
    Then schedule a meeting with your PHENIICS representative for the admission or re-registration interview, at which time you will obtain the remaining necessary signatures. Please come to this interview with all your documents already signed by your thesis director and laboratory director.

Once you have obtained all the necessary signatures on the registration authorisation form, the doctoral terms, and the registration application, you must make an appointment at your academic instistution, which is either:

    The University of Paris Sud if your laboratory is part of Paris-Sud, the CEA, or IRSN.
    The Graduate School of l'Ecole Polytechnique if your laboratory is part of Ecole Polytechnique (Contact: Audrey Lemaréchal)


PHENIICS Referent persons

Each student, as a function of their corresponding laboratory, has a specified PHENIICS referent person (member of the ED administration). This referent person handles registration, oversees the thesis progress with respect to the ED requirements, and helps coordinate the thesis defense. The PHENIICS referent persons for each laboratory are listed below:

Referent person Laboratory
Patrice Hello (LAL)





Samira Hassani (Irfu/SPP)  Irfu

François Arléo (LLR)



Aurélie Desbrée (IRSN) 









David Verney (IPN)



  • If your laboratory is not on this list, please contact the PHENIICS secretary

Joint International Thesis (Cotutelle)

Check out the Paris Saclay page for more information on how to do a joint international thesis (cotutelle)


Student Teaching Opportunities

PHENIICS students may participate in teaching experiences during their thesis. More information about these and other non-research activities may be found here.

Coming to France ?

If you are coming to France, have a look to the international support webpage of Paris-Saclay


Déroulement du doctorat
Concours et sujets de thèse

PhD Subjects



Please give your PHENIICS representative the form below, at the latest when he/she signs your authorisation to defend.

Students who defend their thesis must follow the administrative procedures of Paris-Saclay through ADUM, which may be accessed at the following link: Paris-Saclay Thesis Defense

Below is a checklist that aims to provide landmark about the main steps in the process :




M. HELLO Patrice
Université Paris-Sud (UPSud)
Laboratoire de l'accélérateur linéaire (LAL)

Assistante administrative

Mme GARUS Sophie
Université Paris-Sud (UPSud)
Laboratoire de l'accélérateur linéaire (LAL)