Recruitment of a charge de recherche in geostatistics

MINES ParisTech is hiring a charge de recherche in geostatistics

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

This position is targeting a young (approximately 3 – 10 years after PhD) researcher or an experienced engineer (f/m) willing to develop multidisciplinary research combining fundamental and applied sciences in the area of geostatistics.



In line with its training activity, MINES ParisTech develops a research activity that covers a wide range of scientific disciplines. The eighteen research centers 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, as well as 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 to expand its staff and maintains unique experimental and digital platforms highly appreciated by its partners.

This ability for MINES ParisTech and companies to work together on ambitious scientific and industrial issues is recognized nationally and internationally, as exemplified by 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 Geosciences of MINES ParisTech focuses on research and teaching activities in the field of applied Earth Sciences. It is located in Fontainebleau, 65 km South of Paris. Research and training activities cover various fields in relation to the understanding of mining and management of underground resources (mineral raw material, oil & gas, groundwater, deep underground energy and waste storages, tunneling and underground space management) in the context of a sustainable development.

The Centre for Geosciences is divided into six research teams in applied Earth Sciences fields (geology, geophysics, geostatistics, hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry and engineering geology/geomechanics). Research activities are generally multidisciplinary and involve several teams of the Centre with topics spanning from original and fundamental developments to innovative industrial solutions. The Department employs about 40 tenured researchers, 35 technicians and administrative staff members and 40 PhD students.

The Geostatistics research group is world-wide recognised and has a strong research activity in the area of natural resources and environment, with a number of collaborations in France and abroad. It plays a major role in the development of geostatistical techniques, going from theoretical developments up to practical applications through implementation in software.

Geostatistics had been largely developed by its founder Georges Matheron at the Ecole des Mines in the 20th century. It aims at modeling variables that spread in space by using spatial probabilistic models, in order to give an answer to

decision making problems in uncertain context (estimation and quantification of uncertainties). This supposes both a very good mastering of mathematical tools and a deep understanding of the problems that are specific to each application area.

The research group is made of about ten teachers/researchers. It has been partly renewed these last years by the recruitment of young researchers coming from the statistical academic area and well aware on recent statistical developments and data sciences. The older researchers are gradually reaching the age of retirement, when they have not already reached it, in particular for the high-level experienced researchers who have contributed to the continuity of innovation since the departure of G. Matheron.

MINES ParisTech opens a “chargé de recherché” position in geostatistics, in order to enrich the research group with a confirmed person having both an excellent level in geostatistics and a solid industrial experience.



The candidate is expected to be able to perform fundamental and applied research in the area of geostatistics. 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 geostatistics 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 successful candidate is expected to participate to various teaching activities in MINES ParisTech, in particular, in teaching for “Paris Sciences et Lettres” (PSL) Research University, as well as Post-Master program in the area of his/her expertise. He/she will participate in teaching for Executive Engineering program of MINES ParisTech and students’ projects “The job of engineer”. He/she will also be involved in tutoring of Post-Master students as well as in advising PhD students. He/she will also be encouraged to suggest new courses which would enrich the spectrum of courses offered by MINES ParisTech.

Candidate qualifications
  • PhD or HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) in the field of geostatistics.
  • Mastering of advanced geostatistical techniques (simulations, non-linear geostatistics)
  • In-depth experience of geostatistical problematics in industrial areas such as mining and oil.
  • Interest in developing high-level research attracting international recognition for the Centre for Geosciences.
  • Capacity to generate a strong activity contributing to research visibility and publication.
  • Potential in building research projects.
  • Demonstrated working experience in the 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
  • A detailed CV
  • Research project in geostatistics (5 pages limit)
  • 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 directly by the reference person. Optionally, to provide contact details of three researches to be contacted for recommendation.


The file (ONE pdf file) will be sent before 26 April 2018 , to :

Mme Isabelle OLZENSKI, Chargée de mission auprès du directeur du Centre de Géosciences Centre Géosciences – MINES ParisTech,

35 rue Saint Honoré,

77305 Fontainebleau Cedex, France and/or by e-mail to:



For more information, the candidate can contact:

• For all administrative aspects: the Human Resources Department of MINES ParisTech and/or Isabelle OLZENSKI

• For scientific aspects: Jacques RIVOIRARD, phone + 33 (0)1 64 69 47 64 ; mail : jacques.rivoirard@mines-

A Jury composed of representatives of MINES ParisTech and external scientific experts will perform the review of applications. Applicants that have been short-listed will be invited for interviews and a presentation of their scientific project.