Research Professor - Robotics, Automation

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

ROLE PROFILE OF A CONTRACT RESEARCH PROFESSOR (M/F)            61st section of the National Universities Council (CNU)
Multidisciplinary Research Laboratory in Energy, Mechanical and Systems Engineering (PRISME – Host Team/EA 4229)

Keywords: Robotics, Automation

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 subjects taught will mainly have to do with the topic of section 61 of the CNU (electricity in connection with Energy, Risks and the Environment/ERE in particular). Robotics modules may also be offered for levels ranging from two to five years’ higher education in Sciences & Techniques for Engineers (STPI) and Industrial Risk Control (MRI).

The successful candidate will also contribute to supervision of research projects within the “advanced systems” option of the MRI Department. 

The candidate will also be expected to play a part in supervising projects, placements, industrial assignments and introduction to research projects. S/he will contribute to the supervision of apprentices in companies.

The successful candidate will join the faculty on Bourges campus. S/he is expected to become involved in the institute’s day-to-day running by fairly quickly assuming educational responsibilities.

Teaching Contacts

Vincent MAKI, Director, MRI Department


Jérôme FORTINEAU, Education Director  



The contract research professor will conduct his/her research within the Multidisciplinary Research Laboratory in Energy, Mechanical and Systems Engineering/PRISME (Own higher education and research unit/UPRES – Host Team/EA 4229) which is jointly supervised by the Centre-Val de Loire INSA and University of Orléans. It has 180 members including 90 research professors, 20 engineers, technicians and administrative staff and around 70 PhD and postdoctoral students.

The PRISME laboratory serves a multidisciplinary purpose in the general field of engineering sciences and technologies, across a broad spectrum of subjects including:

  • combustion in engines, energy systems engineering and explosions, 
  • fluid mechanics and aerodynamics,
  • image and signal processing,
  • automation,
  • robotics. 

The laboratory has decided to coordinate with scientific departments organised into thematic strands.

The research activity will be carried out within the Images, Robotics, Automation and Signal (IRAuS) Department – Robotics strand.

This department groups together research work into digital sciences and technologies and their application for the benefit of society, especially in response to the challenges posed by engineering for health and well-being, the industries of the future, smart buildings and smart energy management.

The research activities will bear on robotics in the health and biomedical sectors, right across the spectrum: from modelling to control. As such, attention will have to be paid to the approaches of robotic control, modelling and mechatronic design at small scales with their changing medical environment. These various aspects must be taken on board, on the one hand, for the definition of innovative microrobotic systems and, on the other hand, for the development of supervision and control strategies. Experience in connection with the health or biomedical sector would be an advantage.
All robotics-related skills will be an advantage, including: automation, vision and microtechnologies.

Research contacts

Antoine FERREIRA Head, Research Host Team


Azeddine KOURTA, Director, PRISME Laboratory


Khaled CHETEHOUNA, Research and Promotion Director


Website of the PRISME Laboratory:


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

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 lecturers’ 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 lecturers.

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.

During the first year of their contract of employment, the contract research professor shall benefit from training aimed at developing the educational skills required to practise as a research professor. To that end, s/he shall be relieved of one-sixth of his/her teaching duties.

  • 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.