Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, Saclay, France

CEA Saclay is located 20km south of Paris (reachable by public transportation), in the Saclay area which gathers a large concentration of laboratories and offers a strong scientific environment. CEA hosts 5000 researchers and performs both applied and fundamental research in all fields of physics. The solid-state laboratory, SPEC (about 100 researchers), has a very broad spectrum, from mesoscopic physics, magnetism, superconductivity, to hydrodynamics and granular media. It has a long history in low-temperature physics and in NMR including the invention of Dynamical Nuclear Polarisation. SPEC hosts a state-of-the-art nanofabrication facility including electron-beam lithography.

The Quantronics group is one of the leading groups in mesoscopic physics and superconducting electronics. It has made important contributions to this field, including the first demonstration of single-electron pumps and the first realization of an operational superconducting quantum bit circuit. The group includes 7 permanent researchers, two technicians, and around 10 students and postdocs.