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Dr. Marc Sansa comes from Sabadell, close to Barcelona in Spain. He arrived at CEA-Grenoble in March 2014, where he is carrying out his research project, entitled “Improvement of the limit of detection of nanomechanical mass sensors”.
At the beginning of my curriculum, I specialized in telecommunications engineering. I then entered a master's course in Micro and Nanoelectronics before writing a thesis on silicon nanowires for mass spectrometry applications at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.
The nanomechanical mass spectrometry group counts five people in two laboratories. More generally, my colleagues are mainly French but I also work with some PhD students and postdocs from abroad.
I enjoy the fact that it brings together fundamental and applied science. Our goal is to develop a technology which could become a commercial technology in the future. However, the fundamental research I am carrying out on noise sources is also a big part of the project.
This variety teaches me flexibility which is very important for my career. It will allow me to carve out the path I want, even though I will probably keep on doing fundamental research. I would love to get a position which allows me to build up my own group, focusing on fundamental research but while keeping an eye out on possible applications.
This experience is undoubtedly good for my career. It gave me the opportunity to work in a top-level lab with lots of experience in my field, along with great colleagues and equipment.
Besides, I am given a considerable independence for my research. As opposed to my PhD, I benefit from more freedom and control over my project.
Yes, I think so. I come from a different research mentality. I think it brings variety, as I have different skills. It's always good to have various perspectives in research. There are some differences in the way French and Spanish researchers work. In France, we always have in mind the application of our activities. We give some thoughts about the industrial applications of our work – less so in Spain where the industry in my field is virtually non-existent.
Overall, there are more opportunities in France than in Spain, which is why, on a mid-term basis, I would like to stay in France after my contract at CEA.
I really liked it. As we were a small group of seven people, it was a very personalized training. We put ourselves in the shoes of candidates at job interviews, and had our CVs and cover letters reviewed in a very relevant way. It was the first time I had feedback on my CV and cover letter and I think it will be very helpful to find a position after my stay at CEA.
I enjoyed a lot being able to meet other fellows. For that matter, we are still meeting regularly.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.