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This doctoral program is dedicated to chemists, who want to start a PhD at Université Paris Saclay. Because chemistry is one the main pillars in sciences, we offer immersive doctoral programs for motivated students to reach the highest level in chemical sciences.

Our open-minded doctoral school carries out inorganic, organic, analytical, physical, material and biological chemistries in the best laboratories at the south of Paris.

Chemical Sciences / Organic Chemistry / Inorganic Chemistry / Analysis and Instrumentation / Biosystems and Biochemistry

Program content

For this program, you will be attached to the doctoral school Chemical sciences: molecules, materials, instrumentation and bio systems (2MIB)

The doctoral school "Chemical Sciences: Molecules, Materials, Instrumentation and Biosystems (2MIB)" is a disciplinary school based on the components of chemistry of the Paris-Saclay perimeter which cover a large part of the spectrum of the discipline. Its ambition is to offer doctoral students a training space for fundamental research and its applications in response to societal challenges, typically in the field of environment, sustainable development, materials, biology or pharmacology.

The ED is organized around 3 poles or intra-ED programs

  • Physical, BioPhysical and Analytical Chemistry (CPBA)
  • Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry (BOC)
  • Inorganic Chemistry and Materials (CIM)

Two transverse axes are added to these three poles :

  • The professional integration and international mobility of doctoral students
  • Doctoral training

Learn more about the doctoral school


  • [CEA/SECR] CEA/SECR - Service d'Étude du Comportement des Radionucléides
  • Catalyse Moléculaire
  • Structure et dynamique des systèmes complexes isolés photoexcités (SYSIPHE)
  • [Mdls] Mdls - Maison de la Simulation
  • [CEA/SRMP] CEA/SRMP - Service de Recherches de Métallurgie Physique
  • Chimie Bioorganique et Bioinorganique
  • Surfaces, Interfaces et Matériaux 2D (SIM2D)
  • [MTS] Médicaments et Technologies pour la Santé
  • [CMBB] Chimie et Modélisation pour la Biologie du Cancer
  • Chimie Inorganique
  • Systèmes Moléculaires, Astrophysique et Environnement (SYSTEMAE)
  • [NIMBE] NIMBE - Nanosciences et Innovation pour les Matériaux la Biomédecine et l'Énergie
  • [GM] Génomique Métabolique
  • Chimie Peptidomimétique Photochimie et Procédés Alternatifs
  • [IGPS] Institut Galien Paris-Saclay
  • Laboratoire Archéomatériaux et Prévision de l'Altération
  • Laboratoire Chimie Organique et Biocatalyse
  • Équipe de Recherche et d'Innovation en Électrochimie pour l'Énergie
  • [ILV] Institut Lavoisier de Versailles  
  • Laboratoire d'Etude des Eléments Légers
  • Laboratoire de biologie synthétique et systémique
  • Méthodologie, Synthèse et Molécules Thérapeutiques
  • [LPS] Laboratoire de Physique des Solides
  • Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire et de Catalyse pour l'Energie
  • [ICMPE] ICMPE - Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris Est
  • RMN en Milieu Orienté
  • [BioMaps] Laboratoire d'Imagerie Biomédicale Multimodale Paris-Saclay
  • Laboratoire Edifices Nanométriques
  • Chimie Moléculaire et Matériaux Macromoléculaires
  • Synthèse de Molécules et de Macromolécules pourle Vivant et l'Environnement
  • Développement de radiopharmaceutiques et d'agents d'imagerie
  • Laboratoire Innovation en Chimie de Surface Et Nanosciences
  • Métallurgie et Matériaux Inorganiques
  • Synthèse, Propriétés & Modélisation des Matériaux
  • [LLB] Laboratoire Léon Brillouin
  • Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire sur l'Organisation Nanométrique et Supramolécualire
  • [I2BC] Institut de Biologie Intégrative de la Cellule
  • [ICP] Institut de Chimie Physique
  • [SPMC] Laboratoire Matière en Conditions Extrêmes
  • Laboratoire Structure et Dynamique par Résonance Magnétique
  • Approches intégrées des transports d'ions
  • BioPhysique
  • [LAMBE] LAMBE - Laboratoire analyse et modélisation pour la biologie et l'environnement
  • [PPSM] PPSM - Laboratoire de Photophysique et Photochimie Supramoléculaires et Macromoléculaires
  • Enzymologie et Biosynthèse Peptidique non Ribosomale
  • [LIDYL] LIDYL - Laboratoire Interactions, Dynamique et Lasers
  • [SB2SM] Service de Bioénergétique, Biologie Structurale et Mécanismes
  • Fonction et architecture des assemblages macromoléculaires
  • TEMiC
  • ATTO
  • [SCCME] Service de Corrosion et du Comportement des Matériaux dans leur Environnement
  • Interaction Plantes-Bactéries
  • TheoSim
  • DICO
  • [SEARS] Service d'Etudes Analytiques et de Réactivité des Surfaces
  • Mécanismes de régulation des organismes photosynthétiques
  • CLIO
  • DYR
  • [SOLEIL] SOLEIL - Synchrotron SOLEIL
  • Régulation épigénétique des éléments transposables chez Arabidopsis 
  • Physico-chimie des Interfaces
  • LUMO
  • Groupe AILES
  • RNA-binding proteins in gene expression and cell differentiation
  • [ISMO] Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d'Orsay
  • MHDE
  • Groupe DESIRS
  • Signalisation Cellulaire et Ubiquitination
  • Biophysique - Biophotonique (Nanobio)
  • PHI
  • Groupe IPANEMA
  • [ICSN] Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles
  • Dynamiques et Interactions : Rayonnement, Atomes, Molécules (DIRAM)
  • SLIC
  • Groupe OPTIQUE
  • [ICMMO] Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d'Orsay
  • Nanophysique et surfaces (Nanophys)
  • [Lip(Sys)2] Lipides : Systèmes analytiques et biologiques
  • Groupe PLEIADES

Doctoral students admitted to the doctoral program will have a public law doctoral contract. The duration of the contract is 3 years. The contractual doctoral students are full-time employees with the sole or main mission of carrying out their doctoral project. They may also be entrusted with complementary missions of teaching, scientific mediation, valorization or expertise.

More information 

Possible employers* for doctoral students under contract to the program are :

  • Université Paris-Saclay (Faculties of Sciences of Orsay, Medicine, Pharmacy, Sports Sciences and Law-Economy-Economy-Management)
  • University of Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
  • University of Evry Val d'Essonne
  • Centrale Supélec
  • ENS Paris-Saclay
  • Agro Paris Tech

* This list remains to be completed or specified

The PhD within the doctoral school imposes an annual monitoring committee with two researchers or teacher-researchers from outside the project and the laboratory in which the thesis is done. In addition, the doctoral school, through its director, its assistant directors and its secretariat is attentive to the smooth running of the doctoral program and the well-being of its doctoral students. From the day of their arrival, the first years are invited to contact their cluster director and/or the monitoring committee in case of difficulty. If the thesis is stopped, the doctoral school systematically schedules an interview to find out the reasons why.

The employment rate of doctors from the 2MIB doctoral school is excellent at 94% with a salary level of 37,000 euros per year for the years 2016-2018. The parity is almost perfect for our graduates (52% women and 48% men). Finally, we note that the vast majority of the doctoral school's doctors are 87% satisfied with their jobs.

Find all the statistics on the jobs of our doctors here 

How to be admitted to the doctoral program in chemistry?

Find below the different steps to apply for the Chemistry Program - Graduate School Chemistry


The recruitment of a doctoral student is subject to obtaining a master's degree (engineer or equivalent with the possibility of VAE) or equivalent in chemistry from a French or foreign university.


Jury Evaluation Criteria

1. Background and skills

  • Academic background, diplomas obtained, student's ranking
  • Past research experiences, internship and quality of the associated internship report
  • Letter of recommendation from supervisors


2. Stakes and originality of the subject, understanding of the scientific context

  • Proposed scientific approach
  • Quality of the presentation and answers to questions


The jury

The director of each cluster constitutes the cluster's recruitment jury. The Graduate School of Chemistry as well as all the HDRs of the ED are informed of the composition of the jury.


The steps

Here are the 2 main steps to be part of the Chemistry - Graduate School Chemistry Program 

  1. To apply the student must apply on ADUM by choosing a proposed subject (or several subjects).
  2. If the student is eligible (after analysis of his or her file) there is then a 30 min audition with 10-15 minutes of presentation + questions and discussion with the jury.

Calendrier 2022 - Candidats

  • 28th January : Publication of the topics on ADUM website
  • 4th February  to 2nd April : Open applications on topics published by the ED
  • before 22th April : Invitations to attend are sent to the candidates selected for the oral examination.
  • From 11th to 20th may : Hearings of candidates by the cluster juries
  • 27th May : Publication of results