The Joseph Fourier University is a public High Education Institution in the field of science, technology and medicine. The Joseph Fourier University is one of the major actors that make the city of Grenoble an internationally recognized scientific centre. International facilities such as the Synchrotron and the Laue Langevin Institute (neutron reactor), international laboratories and research centers attract scientists from all over the world and give this scientific city a remarkable concentration of top level scientific researches. Six international schools, more than ten master courses taught in English and research internship opportunities in laboratories also contribute to a stimulating melting pot of international students and young scientists. As a result, more than one third of the 1500 PhD students at the Joseph Fourier University are international students. Moreover, one-tenth of the registered PhD students are under joint supervision. Expanding the number of these joint supervised PhDs is a priority for doctoral schools and the Joseph Fourier University. The policy of the university is to actively support this internationalization of both education and research. In the field of research, the application to FP7 programs is promoted by a dedicated support team. As to education, co-operations with partner universities tend to be limited to a selected number in order to enhance the quality of these co-operations. Exchange students are taken care of by the International Relation Office (IRO) and Erasmus Mundus students benefit in addition from a dedicated service, including support for visa application, priority to university housing, administrative and individual support all along their stay at the Joseph Fourier University. From the scientific context to everyday life, the Joseph Fourier University aims at providing a high quality welcome package to Erasmus Mundus students, including academic, administrative and individual support.
Expertise in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
JFU Grenoble has been identified as one of the three top sites in France in the field of Nanoscience and one of the major European places. Moreover it has an exceptional research environment with world class joint laboratories (JFU-LETI-CNRS-CEA) and major European instruments such as the synchrotron (ESRF), the Laue-Langevin Institute or the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) to cite a few. Grenoble is also the birth place for one of the two French advanced research networks in the area of Nanoscience. The University Joseph Fourier contributes actively to the program by offering innovative courses in nanophysics, nano-chemistry and bio-nanotechnology. In this aspect, courses offered by JFU on nano-magnetism and spintronics, the engineering of molecular assemblies or the design of biosensors and biochips prove to be particularly relevant within the program.
Role in the EMM Nano program
The role of JFU in the new program will be to provide a second year of specialization which follows the first year courses offered by KU Leuven. Three different domains are proposed: Nanophysics (including nanomagnetism and spintronics), Nanochemistry (including nanomaterials) and Bionanotechnology (including biosensors and bio captors). JFU offers for these 3 specialization options 15 ECTS specialization courses and the 30 ECTS for the master thesis. These three specializations are very active domains of research in the different labs in Grenoble. Besides this JFU offers also a large number of broadening courses in the other fields of nanotechnology.