Research Professor - Cybersecurity, Privacy protection, Cryptography, Secure computation,

Blois (Arrondissement), Loir-et-Cher (FR)
10 May 2021
End of advertisement period
09 May 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

27th section of the National Universities Council (CNU)
Orléans Computer Science Laboratory (LIFO)

Keywords: Cybersecurity, Privacy protection, Cryptography, Secure computation, Embedded and IoT, Cloud and System Security.

The Centre-Val de Loire National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) is looking to hire a contract research professor effective 1 September 2021.

The Centre-Val de Loire INSA is a public scientific, cultural and professional institution (EPSCP) located on two campuses, in Blois and Bourges. 

It awards:
-    4 engineering degrees accredited by the independent accreditation body for engineering degrees (CTI):
•    Energy, Risks and the Environment (ERE),
•    Industrial Systems Engineering (GSI),
•    Industrial Risk Control (MRI)
•    Computer Security and Technologies (STI),
-    The State Landscape Architect Degree (DEP) via the School for Nature and Landscape Department (DENP);
-    PhDs, through its Doctoral schools EMSTU (for Energy, Materials, Geosciences) and MIPTIS (for Mathematics, IT, Theoretical Physics and Systems Engineering).

The candidate must have demonstrated his/her ability to conduct all of his/her staff duties (teaching & research) in French and English (oral and written) and to get involved in the themes of sustainable development and social responsibility.


The candidate will have to contribute to the teaching of general computer science modules. The computer science teaching requirements are varied at the Centre-Val de Loire INSA, specifically on the Bourges campus. Security expertise will be a particular advantage (in one or more of the following topics: system, networks, embedded, cloud, big data, etc.).

The computer science requirements concern all departments, but more particularly involve the Computer Security and Technologies (STI) Department and the pre-specialisation during the second year of the course. The course has been open to apprentice engineers since September 2020, and this is also generating new teaching and supervision requirements.

The STI Department teaches the “Cybersecurity” engineering degree (on a student or apprentice basis). It covers all of the necessary knowledge in systems and networks, data management and programming techniques, not forgetting the theoretical and fundamental aspects of computer science. It also embraces new technologies at regular intervals so as to be in step with the reality of the market.

It delivers cybersecurity expertise in terms of all its components.

Three final year options provide the students and apprentices with an extensive skill set:
1)    Security Analysis, Audit, Administration and Architecture,
2)    Software Security and Architecture and
3)    Security of Ubiquitous Computing Systems.

Its engineers are widely respected in companies for their specific security skills. 

The Centre-Val de Loire INSA awards the Digital Nomading, Intelligence and Security (IMIS) Master’s degree in conjunction with the University of Orléans.

The candidate will play a full part in the life of the STI Department. Previous experience in a teaching position of responsibility is an advantage.

Teaching Contacts

Jérémy BRIFFAUT, Director, STI Department


Jérôme FORTINEAU, Education Director  



The candidate will join the Systems and Data Security (SDS) team which is wholly based on the Bourges campus of the Centre-Val de Loire INSA, at the Orléans Computer Science Laboratory (LIFO). The team focuses on the general field of cybersecurity and data security in particular. It specialises in the following topics, with applications across the medical sector, agriculture and Industry 4.0 in particular:

  • Privacy Protection and Security (e.g., anonymisation techniques) of information management systems and their applications.
  • Cryptography (signatures, protocols)
  • Secure distributed computation, especially in a Big Data context and using approaches based on the use of secure hardware or cryptographic techniques.
  • Access control, data authenticity and traceability in embedded systems (e.g., connected vehicles, Internet of Things and mobile payments).
  • "Security and Privacy by    design",    formal methods applied to security (e.g., logic, model checking, proofs of protocols, graph theory).

The candidate must have demonstrated enthusiasm for working on these subjects by presenting a plan of how s/he expects to become part of the team, with a direct contribution and potential supervision in at least one of the aforementioned topics.

Previous experience in a research position of responsibility will be an advantage.

The candidate must demonstrate a high-quality research activity in computer science grounded in the best practices supported by the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) and French Office for Research Integrity (OFIS). 

You can find out more about the team’s research here: 

Research contacts

Cédric EICHLER, Head, SDS Team


Benjamin NGUYEN, Director, LIFO Laboratory 


Khaled CHETEHOUNA, Research and Promotion Director


Website of the LIFO Laboratory:



Qualification: national candidates must hold a valid qualification from the relevant CNU section on the date they begin their employment.

Accreditation to supervise research (HDR): national candidates must hold an accreditation to supervise research.

Recruitment method: recruitment after consultation with a selection committee, grading proposal by the Restricted Academic Board (CAR) to research professors and decision by the Director of Centre-Val de Loire INSA.

Term: One-year fixed-term contract before renewal as a permanent contract.

Salary: on the basis of the university professors’ salary scales not including PPCR (Professional Pathways, Careers and Remuneration). Seniority taken into account according to the reclassification rules for the recruitment of civil servant university professors.

Staff service: the reference working time, corresponding to the working time decreed in the civil service, comprises, for research professors (civil servants and contract staff):

  • For 50%, teaching services determined in relation to an annual reference duration equal to 192 hours of tutorials. These teaching services go hand-in-hand with preparation and assessment of the associated knowledge.
  • For 50%, research activity.

Assignment: the position shall be taken up on the Bourges campus. 

Committed to combating all forms of discrimination, the Centre-Val de Loire INSA is ensuring as wide a distribution as possible of the job vacancy in a bid to encourage applications from diverse backgrounds.