IMT Atlantique
Lecturer in the field of smart sensors for environment and life science
IMT Atlantique
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Date limite d'inscription: oct. 30
Localisation: Nantes cedex 3, France
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Lecturer in the field of smart sensors for environment and life science

IMT Atlantique (école nationale supérieure Mines-Télécom Atlantique Bretagne Pays de la Loire) is an Elite Graduate School in Engineering and an International Research Center under the authority of the Ministry of Industry and Digital Communication. Resulting from the merger between Mines-Nantes and Télécom-Bretagne, since the 1st of January 2017, IMT Atlantique is a member of the “Institut Mines-Télécom” (the leading group in France for studies and research in Engineering and Management. It includes 12 Engineering Institutes and 1 Business School in France).

Based on 3 different Campuses: Brest, Rennes and Nantes, IMT Atlantique aspires to combine Energy and Digital Technology with the aim of transforming Society and Industry through Education, Research and Innovation, in order to become the French Research center of reference in this area. Each year, IMT Atlantique trains 2.300 students in Engineering / Master of Science and PhDs. Lead by 290 researchers, IMT Atlantique’s research activities seek to connect the world of Business and Higher Education, providing 1.000 publications and €18 millions contracts per year. IMT Atlantique programs are based on leading-edge research through the 6 joint research departments: GEPEA, IRISA, LATIM, LABSTICC, LS2N and SUBATECH.


The candidate will work in the Optics department of the IMT Atlantique (Brest Campus) within the IMT/Carnot platform, Arago, in the Liquid Crystal and Composite Materials team. He will develop a new research axis in the field of smart sensors, as part of the collaboration with the INL (Portugal), the Ecole des Mines Douai and Mines Saint-Etienne. The candidate will reinforce the existing global expertise in the field of polymer engineering (Optics department), electronic sensors (Electronics department) and embedded antenna (Micro-Wave department). The candidate will interact with the Ecole des Mines Douai (composite Polymer technology) and Saint-Etienne (PTSI department) for the functionalization, material supply and their electronic integration. For health applications, he will work with the INSERM team of the Optics department (visual sensors for smart contact lenses). The candidate’s expertise will enable to set up new industrial or academic projects within the IMT in partnership with the INL. His research will concern the field of systems design involving aggregates in liquid solid transition gels or plastic deformations, which involves covering a wide range of skills in physical and structural studies of soft matter (e.g. participate in the GdR Graphene&nanotubes) where we maintains a technological activity, especially in micro- and nanotechnology. He will focus on the integration of new materials (thin film piezoelectric, polycrystalline diamond, graphene, liquid crystal polymers, surface micro/nano-structuring (3D electrodes, porous materials), integration of antennas or circuits conditioning on flexible substrate (eg contact lens) benefiting from a favorable context in life science via the INSERM U1101.

Regarding teaching duties, the candidate will be involved in the new school on topics related to the field of composites transformation, materials engineering, processes, with their computing environment modeling, acquisition of data taking into account sustainable development for health and environmental applications in the digital context of connected objects.


Within the frame of the teaching and research orientations defined by the new school, IMT Atlantique under the lead of the head of the optics department and in close collaboration with other departments and directorates of the school, the candidate will:

  • Carry out, develop and coordinate a set of courses (lectures, workshops, tutorials, project super-vision) and pedagogical methods (by project, face to face or remote) in one or more disciplines (in particular interface physics) for a wide range of audience (engineer students, master students, etc.) in the fields of environment and nanotechnology oriented towards the environment and life science.
  • Participate in the setting up and implementation of research contracts for European collaborative projects (H2020), national (ANR, FUI), regional (IRT B-Com) within a recognized team in collaboration with internal partners (IMT, other campuses, departments) and/or external (institutions and companies).
  • Contribute to the promotion of the new school and the IMT through presentations, conferences, scientific publications and involvement in national and international networks within scientific or professional communities of the economic world.
  • Obtain, through industrial contracts, submissions of projects to the IMT and local, national or international institutions, the financial, material and human resources necessary for the accomplishment of these tasks
  • Carry out the necessary actions for promotion and scientific and economic valorisation of research results through innovation actions, transfers to companies (intellectual property, know-how, expertise, entrepreneurship), and participates in the valorisation effort within the framework of the IMT Carnot-Arago platform, bringing together manufacturers, start-ups and research platforms or trainees who need to use these techniques and tools.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research information in society through scientific outreach, publications and interventions to the general public.
  • Lead to co-ordinate, even supervise, the activity of one or more internal or external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the collective functioning of the new school by integrating recommendations, rules and constraints and by its participation in collective missions: juries, promotions and communication actions, forums, transversal working groups, decision-making or advisory bodies.


Level of training and/or required experience:

  • PhD or an engineer with experience in the field of physics of interfaces, nano-electronics and composite matter
  • Graduate from French “Grandes Ecoles” or equivalent with experience > 5 years
  • Master degree in Physics or equivalent with experience > 5 years

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong skills and motivation for teaching, research and innovation.
  • Ability to adapt to new thematic developments.
  • Pragmatic and capable of applying his knowledge to operational or emerging systems (applied research).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to integrate into multidisciplinary teaching and research teams in applied physics and optics.
  • Ability to work in project mode.
  • Openness, self-assessment.
  • Interest and openness to the business world.
  • Interest and openness on innovation in pedagogy.
  • Scientific publications - valorisation of research work.

Theoretical, technical and practical skills required to hold the position:

  • The skills required concern the field of bio-nano-technologies, biosensors, functionalization and surface characterization, with a knowledge of the environment of clean rooms (micro & nano-technologies), the use of industrial processes in clean room: anodizing of Silicon (Porosification), Spin coating on silicon substrate 200 mm. Practice of chemical and biochemical functionalization methods of surfaces. Physico-chemical characterization methods of surfaces: scanning microscopy (SEM), EDX, AFM, biological sample preparation methods for MET and SEM measurements.
  • A very good command of English is mandatory.


Position based on the Brest campus, travel in France and abroad is expected.

Deadline for application: October, 30th

Date of the recruitment committee: Décember, 1st

Recruitment: January 2018


Please send by email to the following adress:

to the attention of “Marion TONDUT – DRH – IMT-Atlantique”, only one PDF file including:

  • A detailed CV
  • A letter of motivation
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Defense/Reports of PhD
  • Teaching and research projects
  • Any other element that may support your application

Contact:, Tél: +33(0)2 29 00 13 82

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