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Competition for a Master's degree in Automation & Mechatronics

17 Mar 2023

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IMT Mines Ales
Human Ressources Department
Research Field
Computer science » Other
Researcher Profile
Established Researcher (R3)
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Offer Description

  1. Presentation of our establishment and the CERIS center

The Institut Mines-Télécom

The Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), a major institution within the meaning of the Education Code, is a public scientific, cultural and professional institution (EPSCP) under the primary supervision of the ministers responsible for industry and digital technology. It is the largest group of engineering schools in France, with 11 public engineering schools throughout the country, training 13,500 engineers and PhDs. The ITM employs 4,500 people and has an annual budget of €400M, 40% of which is made up of its own resources. The ITM has 2 Carnot institutes, 35 industrial chairs, produces 2,100 A-level publications annually, 60 patents and carries out €110M of contract research.

IMT Mines Alès

Founded in 1843, IMT Mines Alès currently has 1,400 students (including 250 foreigners) and 380 staff. It has two campuses in Alès and is also located in Montpellier and Pau. Its students are general engineers, specialized engineers (through apprenticeships), doctoral students and students in masters or specialized masters programs. It also welcomes 500 trainees in continuing professional education. The school has three research and teaching centers of high scientific and technological level, which work in the fields of materials and civil engineering, environment and risks, artificial intelligence and industrial and digital engineering (CERIS). These entities bring together approximately 85 permanent teacher-researchers (half of whom are HDR), 40 research support staff, 100 doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows, who produce more than 130 A-rank publications each year and €3M in research contracts, one third of which are direct contracts with companies. These research staff contribute to 6 research units, including 4 UMRs. IMT Mines Alès is accredited to award doctoral degrees in 4 doctoral schools. It has 12 technology platforms and 1,600 partner companies. Creativity is a strong characteristic that permeates all its activities. The school was the first to create an incubator in 1984 (200 companies created to date, 1000 jobs). The school offers rich and varied career paths: the teachers-Researchers have opportunities for professional mobility within the various ITM schools and can also take on responsibilities within the school's functional departments (studies, research, international, economic development, etc.) if they wish.

IMT Mines Alès has established structuring partnerships with the CNRS and the universities of Montpellier, Nîmes and Pau. In particular, the school's centers have developed strong scientific collaborations with the HSM, LMGC, IPREM and EUROMOV research units to form joint research units.

Center for Education and Research in Computer Science and Systems (CERIS)

The person recruited will be assigned to the Center for Teaching and Research in Computer Science and Systems (CERIS). CERIS has two research teams, ISOAR for Systems and Organizations Engineering for Risky Activities and I3A for Computer Science, Image and Artificial Intelligence, two teaching departments, 2IA for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and PRISM for Industrial Performance and Mechatronic Systems, as well as two technological platforms, AIHM for Alès Imaging and Human Metrology and the PFM for Mechatronic Platform. Within the PFM, she will conduct research, teaching and technology transfer activities in the field of automation and mechatronics applied primarily to the sciences of movement and health or to the engineering of complex systems, depending on the team to which she is attached.

The first ISOAR research team, Systems and Organizations Engineering for Risky Activities, operates within the Risk Sciences Laboratory and proposes a transverse and systemic vision of the management of complex situations in order to develop an interdisciplinary risk science. The teachers-researchers of this team work on the assistance to be brought to a collective of multidisciplinary actors when they have to carry out the engineering of complex systems. This engineering focuses on risk activities applied to technical and socio-technical systems, or "systems of systems" such as critical infrastructures. This engineering essentially emphasizes the activities of design, verification and validation at the earliest stage, i.e. during design, development, operation with maintenance in operational conditions, and end of life of the system of interest. The members of the team have acquired an expertise in System Engineering, both in terms of modeling, simulation, analysis and evaluation of complex systems, as well as preparation, training and deployment of the latter in situation. 

The second team, I3A, Computer Science, Image and Artificial Intelligence, has joined forces with the European Centre for Research on Human Movement to study the etiology of human movement in the UMR Digital Health in Motion, under the joint supervision of the University of Montpellier and IMT Mines Ales. Health and Movement Sciences are largely based on the analysis of heterogeneous data and on taking into account professional knowledge, especially medical knowledge. They are therefore an ideal sandbox for data scientists. But not only that, the understanding of learning and motor control mechanisms in humans, for example, can be seen as a source of inspiration for the formulation of innovative approaches in AI, particularly in relation to reinforcement learning mechanisms for motion planning or imitation learning.

The "Industrial Performance and Mechatronic Systems" department (PRISM)

The Industry of the Future field of excellence is a new way of thinking and organizing the company, relying heavily on principles, means and key technologies whose impact is as much organizational as methodological and technological. The PRISM department offers students the opportunity to specialize in the engineering of industrial and mechatronic systems to meet the challenges of the digital transition for performance. It is built around strong skills in complex systems engineering and is divided into three tracks:

  • Mechatronic Systems Option (SYM): Train engineers capable of adopting a mechatronic approach to lead a team in the design, optimization and implementation of a high-performance and innovative mechatronic product. Engineers capable of developing the company's tools and solutions to enable it to optimally deploy the intelligent and connected tools necessary for its transformation.
  • Industrial Engineering and Digital Transition option (GITN): Train engineers capable of adopting and mastering an Industrial Engineering culture to improve the design, production and maintenance activities of a company's products and services. Engineers capable of developing information systems, uses and evaluating the impact of new technologies on these activities.
  • Mechatronics Specialty Engineer by apprenticeship (MKX): To train specialty engineers capable of implementing a systems approach and interdisciplinary resolution of technical, managerial or organizational problems. Engineers with the profile of architect of mechatronic systems, capable of designing, producing, developing or operating complex systems.

The mechatronics platform (PFM)

Attached to the PRISM department, the PFM is a technical platform for the realization of projects carried out with partners: students, company founders, industrialists, research teams to develop technical products meeting their needs (…).

PFM allows an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to design problem solving thanks to its ability to cover the entire product development cycle, from the analysis of the need to the validation of an operational prototype.

The strength of the PFM is to gather on the same platform (460 m2) a multidisciplinary team (currently 3 engineers and 3 technicians) and equipment (machine tools: 5-axis milling machine, 2.5-axis lathe, plate milling machine; 3D wire printers; cobots; 3D measuring machine, printed circuit board manufacturing workshop; test benches...) necessary for the development of complex technical systems by covering all the phases of engineering from the expression of the need to physical prototyping and by relying on competences in :

  • Mechanical design
  • Physical prototyping: machining, welding, assembly
  • 3D printing
  • Industrial electronics, computing and automation,
  • Artificial intelligence,
  • System engineering.

Its missions cover three areas:

  • Teaching (especially in the PRISM department): participate in teaching and supervision of students' work
  • Economic development: support for entrepreneurs from the school's incubator (about 6 per year)
  • Applied research: conducting research and development for industrial partners or for the school's laboratories.


Research Field
Computer science » Other
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

Job Description

Teaching activities

The Institut Mines-Télécom's teacher-researchers are responsible for developing teaching programs, coordinating teaching teams, and carrying out actions in the area of educational innovation. They also teach courses. The person recruited will therefore be required to participate, according to his/her areas of expertise, in the school's teaching activities which include

  • General engineering training (250 students per year, including 50 in the PRISM department);
  • The mechatronics engineering course by apprenticeship (40 students per year);
  • Specialized training (masters, specialized masters);
  • Doctoral training.

The PFM plays a major role in the teaching of the PRISM department: teaching, support for projects in the design, implementation and integration phases, particularly for the mechatronics apprentice project, the Research and Development missions of M2 students and the Industrial Development and Integration Projects of M3. The person recruited will teach in the field of automatic control and mechatronics engineering. He/she will therefore mainly be involved in the PRISM department, but also in the core curriculum, particularly in the disciplines of Electronics, Electrical Energy and Automation.

The person recruited will participate in the major pedagogical exercises of the curriculum such as juries and defenses and will be occasionally asked to participate in other activities and pedagogical exercises of the school (supervision of field missions, projects, internships, academic tutoring).

Part of the courses may be taught in English, using active teaching methods.

Technology transfer and commercialization activities

Within the school, the person recruited will be required to identify and develop cooperation between the PFM and the CERIS research teams on the basis of his/her research skills. As an automatician, he/she will be the privileged interlocutor between the PFM and the CERIS research teams.

Research activities

The person recruited will have to propose and lead actions of rapprochement of the PFM with the EC of the research teams ISOAR and I3A through its mission of valorization and technological transfer. He/she will have to integrate in the long term in one or the other team according to his/her scientific profile, according to his/her competences and his/her appétences to carry out his/her research there. Nevertheless, she will have to disregard this membership to carry out this mission of rapprochement: with a degree in automation, she will be the privileged interlocutor between the PFM and the research teams of CERIS. As such, she will initially report directly to the director of CERIS.

As examples of activities of our research teams:

  • Within the framework of the Risk Sciences Laboratory that the ISOAR team joined in January 2020, the person will be able to contribute to collaborative research and development work (e.g. supervision of doctoral students, joint projects) around the formalization and contribution of new methodologies (e.g. Model Based System Engineering - MBSE -, Model Based System of Systems Engineering - MBSoSE, Enterprise System Engineering - ESE), new techniques and technologies (e.g. AI and surrogate models, Semantic Transformation, virtual reality, augmented reality, Twins and Digital Mock-ups) to facilitate and conduct modeling activities (continuous / discrete / hybrid with appeal to the public): AI and surrogate models, Semantic Transformation, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Twins and Digital Mockups) to facilitate and conduct modeling activities (continuous / discrete / hybrid with a particular attraction for multiphysics modeling) of complex technical systems, verification and validation of models at the earliest stage, evaluation of solutions during the design of these systems, or verification and system validation that then accompany the actual realization of the system as designed. 
  • Within the framework of the UMR EuroMov Digital Health in Motion (…) that the I3A team joined in 2021, the team is interested in sensorimotor markers for health - physiological, neuromuscular, sensorimotor, etc. - which allow the early detection of risk behaviors (e.g. falls, injuries) and the prediction of perceptual-motor deficits (e.g. loss of autonomy with age, etc.). We can imagine PFM's contributions to the IoT component to accompany people in follow-up care or physical trainers with a context-sensitive computerized aid to improve behaviors, the introduction of robotics and cobotics in physical medicine and rehabilitation or the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, the coupling of advanced control and automatic learning for the control of the optimal gesture, motion planning or imitation learning in rehabilitation medicine or in arts and crafts requiring the perfect gesture for example.

Profile and application

Profile sought and general evaluation criteria

The person recruited should have a PhD in section 61 (Computer Engineering, Automation and Signal Processing) or in section 27 (Computer Science) if applied in the fields of robotics, mechatronics or embedded systems. One or more international experiences after the thesis would be positive differentiating elements. A significant experience in a company or laboratory would be a plus for the role of interlocutor between the CERIS research teams and the PFM.

This position requires a dynamic, involved person with a notable intellectual curiosity, possibly having experience in setting up research or collaborative projects. The incumbent will demonstrate autonomy, initiative, adaptability and rigor. He/she will be genuinely motivated by teaching and pedagogy, particularly active forms of teaching, as well as by partnerships with companies.

A good command of scientific English is essential.

Administrative requirements for application

The recruitment by competition is open in the discipline of Automation & Mechatronics. Candidates must meet the statutory requirements for lecturers at the Institut Mines-Télécom as set out in the modified decree n°2007-468 of March 28, 2007.

Research Field
Computer science » Other

Additional Information

Selection process

How to apply

To withdraw an application file, please send a request by email to:

Closing date for applications: Thursday, April 14, 2023.

How the competition works

Indicative tentative date of the eligibility jury (no candidates present): Thursday, May 4, 2023. Eligible candidates will be informed as soon as possible after this date.

Approximate date of the admission jury (audition of eligible candidates): Wednesday, June 8, 2023.

The admission jury's rankings will be released immediately after the jury has met.

Desired start date: September 2023.

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IMT Mines Alès


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