Recruitment of a tenure track assistant professor in automatic control

MINES ParisTech is hiring an assistant professor in automatic control

Developing its research and teaching activities in the field of Automatic Control, MINES ParisTech, member of PSL Research University, opens an assistant professor position.

This 3-years position (for an initial period of one year, renewable twice) is aimed at a young researcher (man or woman), who appreciates a multidisciplinary work combining fundamental research and industrial applications. The successful candidate will take part to the partnership research work of his/her team and contribute to industrial and economic innovation. He/She will also have the opportunity of defining a PhD subject during his/her first year at Centre Automatique et Systèmes (CAS) that he/she will supervise together with a senior member of the team who is officially accredited for such a task.

The position is to evolve into a permanent lecturer and researcher work within 3 years in the framework of a Tenure Track procedure. A description of the process is available on MINES ParisTech website:



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, 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



MINES ParisTech is a top-level engineering school in France. The school has developed research and graduate education, in conjunction with industry and academic partners. Within it, the Centre Automatique et Systèmes (CAS) is a research laboratory specialized in automatic control theory. The research developed at CAS is focused on industrial needs and is the subject of scientific publications. CAS also provides courses for engineering Master students and PhD students.

The laboratory wishes to strengthen its team of 8 researchers, based in Paris and Fontainebleau, and is looking for a person capable of contributing to the field of automatic control theory by developing scientific research relevant to real-world applications.



The successful candidate is expected to have already proven his/her ability to elaborate academic research in Automatic Control. He/she is expected to develop an independent and creative research program devoted to his/her topics, initiate an externally funded research program, and establish a strong relationship with academic communities and technological companies.


CAS wants to strengthen his team in the field of nonlinear control theory, and in particular in observer theory and output feedback theory.

The successful candidate will develop an independent and creative research program devoted to these topics, supervise PhD students, publish in the best journals and international conferences and be an active player in the development of the center’s joint research activities.

Teaching activities

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 and the Option (MAREVA) 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. He will also be able to intervene in the PSL courses. 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.

He/she will take part to the various undergraduate and graduate courses and teaching sessions in which CAS is involved (which topics cover automatic control, signal processing, optimization, mechatronics, applied mathematics, doctoral courses, courses at SPEIT, courses at PSL CPES), open to MINES ParisTech and PSL students as well as to engineers undergoing post-graduate education. He/she will be encouraged to organize new courses to improve CAS educational offer.

Special features of the candidate’s profile

At the time of the appointment, the applicant must have a doctoral degree in Automatic Control or Applied Mathematics (nonlinear control theory, observers theory, output feedback, stability and stabilization, normal forms, differential geometry, adaptive control) or related subject. The applicant must show interest for science and technology applied to industry applications. As the position implies cooperation with international partners, strong social skills as well as good knowledge of English language are required. Post-doctoral experience in a foreign laboratory would be an asset for this position.

The applicant will have to show his/her capacity to conduct research work in a multidisciplinary context, together with an aptitude for teamwork. A first experience in academic or industrial joint research would be appreciated.

The position will evolve to a permanent position after 3 years for an excellent candidate.



The application file should include:

  • a cover letter;
  • the candidate’s research project showing the connectivity with research conducted at CAS ;
  • a detailed CV;
  • a list of research work and publications;
  • if available, the review reports on the candidate’s doctoral thesis;
  • possibly three reference letters directly sent to CAS from specialists selected by the candidate. If not, the file will include at least the names and contact details of three scientific leading figures who could be contacted to give their opinion about the candidate’s work and abilities.


The file should be sent at the latest on October, 1st, 2018 at the following address:

Centre Automatique et Systèmes – MINES ParisTech

60 bd St Michel - 75272 PARIS

to Nicolas PETIT  and/or by e-mail to


For any further information, please contact the human resources department of MINES ParisTech, and/or Nicolas PETIT.