Assistant Professor in Statistical Modeling of Hydrosystems via ResearchGate

Institute Mines-Télécom

Alès, , FR

  • Teaching activities

The teacher-researchers of the l’Institut Mines-Télécom are responsible for designing the teaching programs, coordinating pedagogical teams and pedagogical innovation activities. The successful applicant will be called to participate, according to their competencies, in teaching activities at the school that could include :

  • General engineer initial education training;
  • Apprentice program engineer initial education training
  • Specialized training (master, specialized masters)
  • Doctoral training

The successful applicant may also be required to participate in research, supervising on-site missions in the framework of action-learning developed by the school and tutoring students. The successful applicant will be required to teach a part of this training in English according to the methods of active teaching or in the form of a MOOC.

For this job, the teaching activities around the themes of water will be considerable and notably concern national and international pedagogical development. Depending on his/her skills, the teacher will be involved in the teaching departments linked to water and mineral resources; he/she will participate in courses on hydrogeology and geology. Concerning international training, he/she will work in synergy with the head of the EAU master of Montpelier which has supported the definition of the international track of this course: student recruitment, organization of the welcome week on site, finalization of teaching units, contact with foreign personalities and economic players who have been asked to participate, planning of teaching, communication (foreign job fairs) as well as direct involvement in the track as teacher (foundations of hydrology, flood predictions, karsts…). Other definitions of national and international tracks may be envisaged for the students of IMT Mines Alès, for example in the domain of hydrosystems and karsts. De facto, the successful candidate will be capable of teaching in English and will have a strong capacity for organization as well as the ability to communicate effectively with different partners and organizations.

  • Research activities and technical valorization

Water is a common resource that is very unevenly distributed in space and time, but essential for the development of societies. The population growth and human impact on the ecosystem coupled with the consequences of climate change make it urgent and necessary to analyze and manage hydrosystems in harmony with societies, regarding water, as much as floods. Around the Mediterranean, the support of low-flow systems is essentially conducted by the karst aquifers, the sole source of perennial water at the disposal of built-up areas. For this reason, these aquifers are called “the water towers of the Mediterranean”. Yet the karst aquifers are heterogeneous, anisotropic and can brutally evolve to the scale of a human. They are therefore considered as complex hydrosystems whose behaviours are little understood and very difficult to observe. In this context, the statistic modeling with the aid of formal neural networks allows us to create models operating on non-linear and non-stationary systems without a priori hypotheses on their physical behaviour.

Artificial intelligence has been identified as one of the three key technologies of the future. The ESAH team, benefiting from a long experience in the domain, would like to boost its skills in the modeling of complex hydrosystems, notably on a physical basis or using neural networks, as much for natural hydrosystems like karst hydrosystems as for artificial aquifers like mining aquifers. This job is therefore proposed to a researcher who has a confirmed experience in the domain of modeling of hydrosystems, skills in karst or heterogeneous hydrosystems and/or in artificial neural network modeling would be supplementary favorable elements. He/she will develop his/her research in interactions with the Laboratoire Hydrosciences Montpellier in order to bring the ESAH team and the UMR closer, as well as with Industrial and Natural Risks team of the LGEI in relation to the prediction of hydrological extreme phenomena or the modeling of physical phenomena. He/she will be involved in supervising theses and research projects of the ESAH team. He/she will be a driving force in Resource Management, an inter-laboratory research theme within the school. He/she will actively participate in OHM-CV laboratory activities, SOKARST and in the Zone Atelier ZABR, in particular in the Site Atelier Rivières Cévenoles.

The successful applicant will be responsible for researching and conceiving research contracts with industrialists as well as conceiving funding requests aimed at public agencies (ANR, FUI, ADEME, OSEO, ANRT, Région Occitanie) or international programs. Thus, the successful applicant will be required to become the interface with the contract partner, taking responsibility for the objectives defined in the project, managing the project team and tracking its progress as well as related communication.

Furthermore, the successful applicant will be expected to undertake action, in its field of expertise, to accompany companies or internal business incubators in order to promote the creation and development of technological firms.

Desired skills and experience
  • Profile required and general evaluation criteria

The successful applicant should have recognized experience in the domain of Earth sciences and have been awarded a doctorate in earth sciences or water sciences. An or more than one experience of working internationally or in a company after the doctoral studies would be differentiating positive elements. Experience or interest to work in the field of statistics modeling, data science, or artificial intelligence, in would also be complementary favorable elements.

This post would best suit a dynamic, involved candidate with a notable intellectual curiosity having the experience to manage research or collaborative projects. The chosen candidate should be autonomous, show initiative, adaptability and rigor. They should possess a real motivation for teaching and pedagogy, notably in active pedagogy as well as company partnerships. They should be organized and be concerned about all issues concerning security.

A real aptitude for and experience in organization and team work are also expected: running meetings; planning, crafting written administrative documents (activity reports, action plans, HCERES reports etc.). A good working knowledge of scientific English is indispensable.

About the employer
  • About the Institut Mines-Télécom and IMT Mines Alès

The Institute Mines-Télécom (IMT) is a public establishment dedicated to higher education and innovative research and, as it represents the ministries of industry and digital technology, it is the largest group of engineering schools in France. Being a major actor in the intersection of science, digital technologies and engineering, the IMT harnesses the skills of its member schools and allows them to excel in the fields of the transformation of digital technologies, industry, energy and education. The IMT brings together 11 public engineering schools across France. Collectively, these schools train 13,500 engineers and doctoral students, employ 4,500 women and men, and manage a budget of €400m within 55 research centers connected to the schools. IMT publishes 2000 publications each year and registers 60 patents.

IMT Mines Alès is one of the schools of IMT and, thanks to its 180 years of history of service to science and industry, the school thrives due to its solid culture of science and technology, used for training, research and technology transfer. The school employs 350 people and trains more than 1100 students, engineers and researchers. Its three teaching and research centers contribute to the development of high level scientific research in the areas of risk, environment, materials, civil engineering, industrial engineering and digital technology. The school proposes rich and varied career paths as teacher/researchers have job mobility in the different schools of IMT and can equally take up, if they wish, positions of responsibility within the functional management of the school during a share of their time. Examples include dean, research director, international relations or economic development positions.

  • About the laboratory

Within the school the laboratoire de génie de l’environnement industriel (LGEI) conducts research activities based on three themes in the domain of the industrial environment and risk. Each of the themes is led by one of three research teams:

  • Water: Anthropic Systems and Hydrosystems (ESAH team)
  • Industrial and Natural Risks
  • Odors and Volatile Organic Composites (Odeurs et COV team)

The ESAH research team on the integrated management of water thanks to a broad range of skills harnessing the know-how of research into biology, chemistry, measurement and development of sensors, industrial ecology, geology, geostatistics and modelling of hydro(geo)logy.

The variety of these disciplines allows us to take up challenges linked to water that need various skills (including survey, deployment of networks and sensors, modeling and management) allowing the team to take part in multi-disciplinary projects and get involved in diverse communities and groups thus amplifying the team outreach.

The ESAH team is nine teacher-researchers strong including 5 HDR, 3 technicians and engineers, 2 postgraduates and a dozen doctoral students. They are therefore numerous enough to have a rich scientific momentum and a regional, national and international outreach, notably in the framework of doctoral contracts and joint PhD supervision.

  • Administrative application conditions

The competitive recruitment process is open in the specialization of Statistic modelling of hydrosystems. The candidates must fulfill statutory conditions of assistant professors of the Institut Mines-Télécom fixed in the decree n°2007- 468 of 28 March 2007 (modified version).

Among other requirements, the candidates should have EU citizenship.

  • Application process

Application letters accompanied by a curriculum vitae containing teaching activities, research work and links to the world of economy and industry (maximum 10 pages) and, at the discretion of the candidates, recommendation letters should be addressed to:

IMT Mines Alès

Service de gestion des ressources humaines

6 avenue de Clavières

30 319 Alès cedex

Closing date for applications: 30th April 2018 (evidenced by the date as postmarked).

An electronic submission of the application to: [email protected] would also be appreciated.

  • Procedure for competition

Indicative prospective date for jury admissibility (no candidate presence): between the 15th and the 17th May 2018. The admissible candidates will be informed at the earliest convenience after this date.

Indicative prospective date for jury admission (interview of admissible candidates): 8th June 2018.

The ranking of the admission jury will be published after the jury has met.

Start date of appointment: 1st September 2018.

  • Contacts

Description of job : Anne JOHANNET (center director), [email protected], / Marc VINCHES (head of ESAH team), [email protected],

Administrative information: Géraldine BRUNEL (head of Human Resource Management), [email protected],