Doctoral missions are complementary activities that strengthen professional experience of the PhD students, while providing an additional pay (cf. arrété sur les rémunérations).
Sorts of missions
In accordance with the status of the “contrat doctoral”, there are four kinds of doctoral missions :
- Education mission : the most numerous ones.
These missions can take place in a specific department of a faculty, they may be related to scientific information (in libraries for example), or they may be related to foreign languages in the corresponding departments,…
In all cases, they represent a service of not more than 64 hours per year in classes equivalent to tutorials, only for bachelor students.
- Scientific dissemination or mediation mission :
They consist in developing an action or an event, part of a cultural program, towards a non-specialist audience, for example in associations (like Paris-Montagne), in Labex (for example First-TF), or Universcience. They represent no more than 32 days per year, including training.
- Valorization mission :
These doctoral missions concern intellectual property, technology transfer or European cooperation. They are proposed and organized by the competent authorities of universities, schools,… They represent no more than 32 days per year, including training.
- Consulting mission :
These missions in companies take many different forms depending on the needs of the company : technical, scientific or organizational advising, bibliographic study, feasibility study, training,… They represent no more than 32 days per year in the company.
Dates and application process in 2018 :
- PSL/ENS :
- Mission ENS : education missions will be assigned to the ENS Physics Department. Send a CV before June 30 specifying the thesis subject, the supervisor, the host laboratory, the thesis registration institution and the funding organization to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
They are primarily intended for students enrolled in thesis at ENS or PSL.
- Mission CPES/PSL : missions are available on ADUM. Please send your CV to Jean-François Allemand (email@example.com) before July 13.
- UPMC : from June 11 to August 22, 2018 on the website CCMD-IFD
- USPC : from June 13 to July 4, 2018 on the website CFDIP-USPC
2nd session : from July 18 to September 5
- Paris-Saclay :
- Mission U-PSud : from June 15 to July 23, 2018 look the corresponding page
- You can get a doctoral mission only if you have a doctoral contract. So you cannot benefit from a doctoral mission if you are granted by a CIFRE program, a foreign grant, a CEA-CFR grant, or a conventional "contrat à durée déterminé". On the contrary, you can apply if you are granted by an Idex, a Labex or a territorial collectivity program.
- The allocations of the missions do not depend on the doctoral school, but they depend on services like UFR, libraries, companies,... So you have to apply at your university. However, the opinion of the doctoral school can be asked for the selection, so it is strongly recommended to inform us.
- The doctoral contract is generally signed only for research. When you have a doctoral mission, a special part of the contract mentions which time is dedicated to the doctoral mission.
- These missions can be realize in others institutions than the one who employs you. In this case, a convention between the two institutions will be established.
- Generally, the institutions give priority to the PhD students that they employ, compared to external applications.