Recruitment of a chargé de recherche in digital solidification

MINES ParisTech is hiring a chargé de recherche in digital solidification

In the frame of the development of research and teaching activities in the area of material forming, MINES ParisTech, member of PSL Research University, is opening a permanent position “chargé de recherche” in digital solidification. In MINES ParisTech, a “chargé de recherche” is a junior staff member with a permanent position having research as main duty, with some teaching. Equivalent positions outside France would be lecturer or assistant professor.

This position is targeted to a young (approximately 3 – 10 years after PhD) researcher (M/F) willing to develop multidisciplinary research combining fundamental and applied sciences in the area of materials science and engineering.


In line with its training activity, MINES ParisTech develops a research activity that covers a wide range of scientific disciplines. The eighteen research centres are organized in five departments: Earth and Environmental Sciences, Energy and Processes, Mechanics and Materials, Mathematics and Systems, and finally, Economics, Management and Society.

MINES ParisTech research aims at both academic excellence and socio-economic impact. This research model is developed in close interaction with the socio-economic world: private or public sector companies, and also institutions and public administrations. MINES ParisTech is the first school in France by its volume of research on contracts, carried by Armines, the Mines ParisTech Foundation or MINES ParisTech. This special positioning allows the School expanding its staff and maintains unique experimental and digital platforms highly appreciated by its partners.

This ability of MINES ParisTech and companies to work together on ambitious scientific and industrial issues is recognized nationally and internationally. For example, the CNRS silver medal awarded to Madeleine Akrich, two French Research Agency industrial chairs and the renewal of the Carnot label in 2016. MINES ParisTech is positioned at the 23rd place in the QS World University Rankings by subject and in the top 100, 150 and 300 of the Shanghai engineering thematic rankings.


The Centre for Material Forming, CEMEF (, is one of the main research centres of MINES ParisTech ( located in Sophia Antipolis (Alpes-Maritimes region), France. CEMEF is associated with CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) since 1979, as the joint research unit MINES ParisTech-CNRS, UMR 7635. About 160 persons are working in CEMEF on different types of materials such as synthetic and biobased polymers, metals and composites, investigate their properties and develop software to model materials’ processing. Most of the studies are performed in close collaboration with industry.

The scientific goal of the group «Structures and Properties in Solidification Processing» is to understand and model physical and chemical phenomena that control solidification microstructures and its role on the evolution of phases and properties during subsequent phase transformations.

Casting is a systematic processing step when forming metallic alloys. Solidification of liquid creates structures, phases and chemical segregation that constitute the starting point of subsequent transformations, such as forging, rolling, heat treatments, welding… Understanding and tailoring of casting processes is of paramount importance for optimization. It requires modelling and numerical simulations. Targeted advantages are time and energy savings in relation to the development of new grades of alloys as well as reducing manual inputting. CEMEF is one of the leaders in physical and numerical modelling of solidification structures, as well as their evolution during thermomechanical heat treatments applied to cast parts. In this field, physics is multiscale, from the arrangement of atoms within the solid and liquid phases, the interphase interfaces behaviour, chemical diffusion of species, crystallographic anisotropy and texture of solidified zones, all being associated to the various morphologies of the grain structures. The physics is also multiphase as the liquid can successively and/or simultaneously transform into a series of solid phases during cooling. And the physics is obviously multicomponent as alloys are designed with several chemical species in order to achieve optimal in-service properties. The last two features require coupling with thermodynamic databases in order to compute equilibrium between phases and chemical compositions. To these former phenomena one has to add the transport of the phases that often lead to chemical heterogeneities, still nowadays the major bottleneck of industrial applications of solidification processes.

The numerical tools for solidification at CEMEF are the following:

  • mean field approach coupled with thermodynamic equilibrium for the prediction of solidification kinetics of the microstructures for multicomponent alloys or for multiphase multistructure phase transformations,
  • a direct phase field approach to simulate the dynamic of the solid-liquid interface,
  • mesoscopic approaches, direct and indirect, to predict the formation of grain structures,
  • modelling of processes to establish macroscopic models that are used for previously cited microstructure models, but also to study the formation of defects.

The numerical methods are also numerous, with the finite element method and the cellular automaton method, coupled with the level set method to track the free surfaces defined by the boundary between the metallic alloy and the external gas. Developments at CEMEF are part of the CIMLIB© library, the PhysalurgY project and the THERCAST© software. Collaborations with the teams developing these software solutions are mandatory, from the specialists of numerical methods to the end users.

In order to reinforce the group «Structures and Properties in Solidification Processing», MINES ParisTech opens a “Chargé de Recherche” position in digital solidification.


The candidate is expected to be able to perform fundamental and applied research in the area of phase transformations. He/she should be autonomous and develop and build research projects in collaboration with academic and industrial partners.


The successful candidate is expected to develop his/her own research direction in the area of digital solidification and participate to the supervision of PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and trainees. He/she will be expected:

  • To propose new topics and perform research with a high scientific visibility being also attractive for industrial applications;
  • Publish in the best scientific journals;
  • Apply for projects on the national and international level and build projects in collaboration with industry keeping, at the same time, high scientific standards.

The 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.

Candidate qualifications
  • PhD in the fields affiliated to materials science.
  • Expertise in physical metallurgy, thermodynamic coupling, physics of solidification,solidification microstructures, forming processes (ingot casting, continuous casting, welding, remelting…), finite element modelling.
  • Demonstrated experience in students’ supervision.
  • Interest to develop at CEMEF high-level research attracting international recognition, in collaboration with CEMEF researchers.
  • Capacity to generate a strong activity in publishing and in research visibility.
  • Potential in building national and international research projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in working in an international context.
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate in English.
  • Will to learn French for foreign candidates.



The application should consist of the following documents:

  • a cover letter with motivations,
  • the project (five pages limit) developing your vision for research in the field of physical metallurgy and digital solidification,
  • a detailed CV,
  • copies of official transcripts for all degrees at all institutions attended,
  • list of publications and of oral communications at scientific conferences,
  • three recommendation letters to be sent by the reference person directly to the below contact.

Optionally, you could provide contact details of three researches to be contacted for recommendation.

Please send the documents before 15 May, 2018, to the following address:

Charles-André GANDIN
UMR CNRS 7635 – CS10207
1 rue Claude DAUNESSE
06906 Sophia Antipolis

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