Recruitment of an experienced researcher/Professor in the field of science and engineering of at-risk activities

MINES ParisTech is hiring an experienced researcher/Professor in the field of science and engineering of at-risk activities

In the context of the extension of its research and teaching activities in the field of risk prevention and crisis management, MINES ParisTech, a PSL Research University, is seeking to recruit an experienced researcher/professor in the domain of the science and engineering of at-risk activities.

This permanent contract is open to experienced researchers with more than ten years’ post-doctoral experience, who are interested in multidisciplinary work that lies at the interface between basic research and the industrial world, in the field of industrial safety and nuclear security.


Consistent with its teaching activities, MINES ParisTech’s research activities cover a very broad range of scientific disciplines. Its eighteen research centres are organized into five departments: Earth Science and Environment, Energy and Processes, Mechanics and Materials Engineering, Mathematics and Systems and, finally, Economics, Management and Society.

Research at MINES ParisTech aims for both academic excellence and socio-economic impact. This targeted research model is developed in close cooperation with the socio-economic world: public and private sector companies, together with institutions and public administrations. MINES ParisTech is the most prolific school in France in terms of the volume of its research contracts. In this, it is supported by Armines, the Mines ParisTech Foundation. This innovative arrangement has allowed the school to expand its teams (by recruiting lecturer–researchers on permanent contracts either funded from its own resources or through the research contract with Armines), and allows it to maintain innovative, leading-edge experimental and digital platforms that are much appreciated by its partners.

This ability of MINES ParisTech and companies to work together on ambitious scientific and industrial topics is recognized nationally and internationally: for example, in 2016, the CNRS silver medal was awarded to Madeleine Akrich; there are two French National Research Agency industrial chairs; the Carnot Label was renewed in 2016; and MINES ParisTech is ranked 23rd in the QS World University Rankings by subject, and in the top 100, 150 and 300 in the Shanghai Ranking of World Universities in the domain of engineering.


The CRC was created in January 2008 within the Department of Economy, Management and Society of MINES ParisTech, with a view to strengthening research and teaching in the field of risk prevention and crisis management. In 2003, it created the doctoral programme, “Science and engineering of at-risk Activities” within the doctoral school “Sciences of Engineering Professions”. In 2004, the Centre created the Post-Masters’ degree in Industrial Risk Management.

The CRC conducts interdisciplinary research that lies at the crossroads of human and social sciences, and engineering sciences. To this end, it draws upon links and integrates the following disciplines: anthropology, law, ergonomics, geography, management, history of science and technology, forensics, psychology, cognitive and information science, sociology and engineering science.

There are three research axes:

  • Professionalisation and professionalism
  • Safety and security of energy at sea
  • Engineering in extreme situations


With this new position, we aim to extend our work in the domains of “safety and security of energy at sea” and “engineering in extreme situations”.


The candidate must have demonstrated its ability, at the international level, to develop and conduct theoretical and applied research into the concepts, methodologies and techniques relevant to the domain of risk prevention and the management of industrial crises both independently and, where appropriate, in collaboration with the centre’s other research teams. This will require significant experience in project research management and a solid publication record (books, articles in peer-reviewed journals, papers at international conferences, chapters in edited volumes, etc.), involvement in learned societies and international research associations. He/she must be able to supervise PhD students and make a significant contribution to the strategy and funding of the centre through the establishment and/ or maintenance of partnerships with various actors in the industrial and academic environment.

Research and Teaching by Research

The selected candidate will supervise PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, Master’s level students and engineering students, while developing their own research theme in the field of industrial safety and nuclear security. He/she will:

  • propose and support new research directions leading to work with great scientific interest, and potential for industrial applications;
  • prepare and submit research proposals in the context of national and international European calls for projects, and establish projects in collaboration with industry with high scientific value;
  • publish in the leading journals in the field.



The successful candidate will be encouraged to set up or resume small classes or courses that are part of the educational offer of MINES ParisTech. The teacher may also be involved in the Common Core Teachings of his Department in the cycle "Civil Engineer" and the cycle "Engineer Isupfere". He will also be able to intervene in the modules of Generalist Engineer making use of the resources of the Centers of the School. He will finally be able to tutor Acts of Undertaking. He will participate in the selection and graduation of students in the cycles that will appeal to him. He will supervise PhD students, students with Bac +5 or Bac + 6 and engineering students. If necessary, it will contribute to the institution's e-learning offer or to international replications of the School's courses at its international partners, in both french and english. He will have to prove an educational experience in the field of the job. He will assume his share of the administrative work of organization of the lessons and the industrial visits.

The ability to deliver English lessons or MOOCs is required. An experience of digital education is a plus.

The candidate will contribute to the School’s various teaching and training activities in the field of industrial risk management; in particular, he/she will contribute to teaching the Post-Master’s degree in Industrial Risk Management and will be encouraged to set up new courses in his/ her area of expertise.

Candidate requirements

The candidate will have:

  • a PhD in the engineering sciences (atomic engineering, mechanical engineering, process engineering, etc.),
  • an excellent command of applied mathematics, data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, modelling, stochastic simulation and optimization for dependability, safety, risk, maintenance, and resilience of complex systems,
  • an interest in developing, within the CRC, leading-edge research at international level, in partnership with the Centre’s researchers,
  • experience of working in an international context, ideally including an extended period abroad,
  • experience in setting up and managing research projects resulting from calls for projects and industrial contracts (experience in the field is desirable),
  • a proven ability to supervise (PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, technical staff),
  • a capacity to generate a high output of publications at international level,
  • an ability to communicate effectively in English,
  • a willingness to learn French (for non-francophone candidates).



The application must contain the following:

  • a covering letter,
  • the proposed scientific project (maximum 5 pages) consistent with the CRC’s activities,
  • a detailed CV,
  • a list of publications, and written and oral presentations at scientific conferences,
  • three letters of recommendation. These letters should be sent directly to Franck Guarnieri, CRC Director. If this is not possible, the candidate should include the names and contact details of three referees who can be approached to give their view on the work and skills of the candidate,
  • copies of qualifications for non-French candidates.


The application should be sent, no later than 26 April, 2018, to the following postal address:

Franck Guarnieri


Claude Daunesse Street

06904 Sophia Antipolis France


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