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Study at LIRMM

Training in and through research is one of the missions of the LIRMM. Within this framework, we welcome student trainees, doctoral and post-doctoral students. Thus each year,

  • About 130 students from the University of Montpellier (IUT, bachelor’s, master’s, engineering school…), but also from many other universities or schools in France, carry out a research internship at the LIRMM;
  • between 40 and 50 doctoral theses are defended at the LIRMM;
  • our teams offer about 20 post-doctoral contracts.

The LIRMM works in close collaboration with I2S, the University of Montpellier Doctoral School (Information, Structures, Systems). A vast majority of I2S Doctoral candidates specializing in Computer Science and SyAM (Automatic and Microelectronics Systems) are welcomed each year and join the ranks of LIRMM teams, thereby injecting new research energy into our projects.

  • Doctoral School Computer Science Program Manager: Christophe FIORIO – LIRMM
  • Doctoral School Robotics and Microelectronic Systems (SyAM) Manager: Patrick GIRARD – LIRMM

The local assistants provide support in the thesis registration and re-registration procedures:

Members of the laboratory intervene in several masters of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Montpellier:

In addition, our teacher-researchers assigned to the University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 have opened during the period:

The Master in Mathematics and Computer Science Applied to Human and Social Sciences (MIASHS).

Note that the engineering school Polytech of the University of Montpellier is very present in terms of training through research. It sends many trainees to the LIRMM, some of whom go on to complete a thesis in our teams.

Students wishing to apply for an internship, a thesis or a post-doctoral fellowship are invited to contact directly the teams they are interested in and contact their managers in order to better target their applications.

Job offers can be consulted on the following websites:

The welcome day held in November for newcomers is extended to doctoral students who arrive on that date. For the other arrival dates and generally all year long, two people are in charge of welcoming the LIRMM and more particularly the trainees and PhD students:

Françoise Fourcadier and Gwladys Imbert
Reception / Switchboard
Computer accounts for newcomers
Declaration of foreign staff and students outside the EU
Support for trainees in their administrative procedures (agreements and bonuses)

Local assistants :

Nathalie Brillouet (Microelectronics)
Nadine Jacquet (Computer Science and Robotics building 5)
Nicolas Serrurier Gourvès (Computer Science and Robotics building 4)
Registration and re-registration in thesis
Professional travels

The laboratory provides specific communication for foreign PhD students, with emails systematically translated into English and the proposal of a French as a Foreign Language course.

Procedure for the reception of trainees

For all procedures related to obtaining or renewing a visa or residence permit, please contact Cécile Lukasik as soon as possible.

The PhD Council

The PhD Council is the representative body for doctoral students within the Lab.

The PhD Council is composed of:

  • Representatives of the PhD students from the LIRMM’s three Departments
  • PhD students who are elected and appointed to the Lab Council

The PhD Council main mission is to provide a link between the Executive Team and the doctoral students; it manages PhD student events within the Lab.


PhD Student Life

Various weekly activities are organized to facilitate internal cohesion and exchange among doctoral students.

Each year, in November, the Lab holds a ‘Welcome PhDs’ day to present the governing bodies. In the afternoon, new doctoral students attend activities organized by the PhD Council.

The doctoral students’ council also organizes SeminDocs sessions during the year. SeminDocs are presentations given by doctoral students or young researchers working or visiting the LIRMM. Their purpose is to promote scientific exchanges between doctoral students from different departments.