Closing date: February 28th 2019
The ‘FUTURE’ Project
Headed by Université Paris-Est, FUTURE is a scientific and institutional project developed with seven members and partners of the Comue (community of universities and institutions): Ifsttar, UPEM, ESIEE Paris, Eav&t, EIVP, IGN and ENPC. These eight institutions form the I-SITE Consortium and are signatories to the agreement with the ANR (National Research Agency), main operator of the Investissements d’Avenir programme on behalf of the higher education and research sector. Awarded its label in February 2017, the project is a 10-year initiative, beginning with a probationary period of four years.
Focusing on the theme of the city of tomorrow, the FUTURE Initiative’s scientific project is structured around three challenges: the resource- and energy-efficient city, the safe and resilient city, the citizen-centred smart city. Its goal is to “foster cross-fertilisation between the knowledge and skills present in the so-called hard sciences, the engineering sciences and the social sciences”.
To achieve this, it draws on:
1. a very high level of interdisciplinarity,
2. a multiscale approach (from the laboratory to the regional pilot),
3. a single system of infrastructures and platforms,
4. joint innovation in cooperation with societal and economic partners.
The project also entails the creation of a new institution capable of maintaining its strategy over the long term, whether in research, education, support for economic development and public policies, or in terms of partnerships and resources. This institution is a new type of university in France, founded on a national research organisation, Ifsttar, a university, UPEM, an elite school of architecture, École d’Architecture de la Ville et des Territoires à Marne-la-Vallée – Eav&t, and two engineering schools: ESIEE Paris and École des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris – EIVP. In addition, IGN plans to increase links between ENSG-Géomatique and the future university, while École nationale des Ponts et Chaussées will be involved through a partnership agreement.
The project will pursue its goals through a mix of strategic axes and concrete actions, which will be implemented in cooperation with the I-SITE’s academic and socio-economic partners, together with an ambitious human resource policy and flexible and responsive governance for a dynamic new integrative framework.
AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE ‘CALL FOR VISITING PROFESSORS’
The goal of this programme, part of the FUTURE Initiative’s ‘Action 5 – Excellence Fund’, is to boost the international attractiveness and visibility of the consortium with regard to the scientific challenges being tackled by the I-Site. The aim of this action is to foster and develop extensive collaboration between elite international researchers and the I-Site’s research teams.
The central premise consists of bringing in first-class researchers to contribute to our project for an approximate share of 20% of their work time (a percentage that will vary between 15% to 25%, depending on the project in question) over a period of 3 years, via at least one research laboratory under the supervision of an I-Site consortium institution.
Selected applicants must exert a considerable impact on the scholarly work (research and education) carried out in relation to the research themes described in the I-Site’s scientific programme, participate in the active development of the project, and contribute to the international reputation of the host laboratories and the consortium’s institutions. They will be fully immersed in the host laboratory/laboratories, and as such, they will participate in the community life of the I-Site’s institutions. Researchers will be expected to take part in teaching and training at I-Site partner institutions.
NATURE OF THE ‘POSITIONS’ AVAILABLE
The invitation for ‘guest professors’ can be described as follows:
- Immersion in a laboratory belonging to one of the I-Site consortium institutions (the host site), with the possibility of working with a second laboratory/institution from the consortium;
- A period of three years in a part-time (20%) role in the host laboratory/laboratories; Arrangements for the researcher’s presence will be agreed upon with the applicant each year, and will depend on his or her ongoing projects;
- Financial, material, and physical resources made available by host laboratories to fund the researcher’s proposed scientific and teaching project (PhD students, postdocs, offices, equipment, etc.)
- Involvement in teaching second-year master’s/PhD courses or academic workshops and seminars.
In addition, the I-Site project will pay guest professors a fixed amount of compensation (around €30k per year for a 20% share of their time, to be adjusted on a case-by-case basis).
• A salary depending on the remuneration grid for a professor in France
• A 3,500 euros monthly allowance in order to cover personal costs (accommodation, food, transport, etc).
• A complete support for the back and forth tickets (in the limit of 5,000 euros per year).
APPLICANTS SOUGHT BY THE I-SITE
For this programme, the I-Site is seeking applicants who:
- Are seasoned, top-notch international researchers who are well-known for their work in a field related to the I-Site’s research themes. However, the call for professors is not limited to ‘senior’ researchers, and applications from permanent researchers and lecturers are also welcome;
- Are less than 65 years old at the end of the recruitment contract.
- Have a ‘profile of excellence’ (participation in projects with international scope, recognition for scholarly publications, awards – prizes, scholarships, etc. – earned throughout the researcher’s career);
- Show an ability to create a lasting, ambitious international project for collaboration between his or her home institution (university, college, laboratory, centre, etc.) and the I-Site;
- Show real teamwork skills and the ability to take part in a new group;
- Are willing to teach during this visit, generally for 30 hours over three years (second-year master’s and PhD courses, presentations at seminars and workshops, summer school, etc.), with teaching that is innovative and open to the international stage within the host institution.
- OR Are able to develop projects in relation with national or international socioeconomic partners (international institutions or network, key accounts, SMEs, startups, etc).
Applicants must make a proposal for a scientific project. This project must:
- Involve one or two research laboratories from an I-Site consortium institution (if more than one is involved, applicants should specify the ‘primary’ laboratory);
- Explain how it fits into the I-Site’s research themes;
- Explain how the guest professor imagines his or her immersion in the host laboratory and his or her proposed scientific contribution;
- Explain how the invitation creates lasting prospects for collaboration with the home institution and/or allows us to take part in international networks;
- Describe one or more possibilities for contributing to the educational offering available at I-Site institutions.
Applications (in English) must include the following elements:
- An Account of the Scientific Titles and Works of the researcher;
- A cover letter (1-2 pages);
- A scientific project for integration into the I-Site laboratory/laboratories and prospects for building a lasting collaboration with the applicant’s home institution (approximately 10 pages);
- A proposal for contributing to the I-Site’s educational offering (1-3 pages);
- An institutional commitment letter from the home establishment in support of the application project.
The host laboratory/laboratories concerned by your project will be asked to assess it, with the same deadline as the one applicable to your application. More specifically, for each application, the host research unit will provide:
- an assessment of your application and scientific project;
- an assessment of the possibility for integrating your scientific project into its own project;
- the resources that will be made available by the research unit and the entities under its supervision (and any additional resources that it may request) for the completion of the project.
As such, you are strongly advised to contact the research unit(s) that you plan to include in your application. All the necessary contact information is available on the institutions’ websites, and additional information can be obtained by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR APPLICATIONS
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of three criteria:
- The applicant’s excellence;
- The originality, added value, and interest of the scientific proposal for the I-Site (potential for developing research in the host laboratory in relation to the I-Site’s research themes, contribution to the international reputation of the host laboratory and the institutions, prospects for lasting collaboration with the guest professor’s home institution);
- The applicant’s proposed contribution to the I-Site’s educational offering.
RECRUITMENT PROCEDURE AND SCHEDULE
This initial call, released at the beginning of 2019, concerns visiting professorships that are not scheduled to commence before 2019. The plan is to issue regular calls for professors (every 6 months), but the publication of future calls will be confirmed at a later date.
The schedule for the initial call, and for the receipt, evaluation, and selection of applications, is provided below.
Phase I – Call for Guest Professors and Receipt of Applications
- 10th January 2019: publication of the call
- 28th February 2019: receipt of applications in English by email at email@example.com
Phase II – Evaluation of Applications
- verification of the validity of applications
- recommendations from the institutions
- evaluation of applications by international experts
Phase III – Applicant Selection
- early June 2019: applicants receive a definitive response
- beginning in June 2019: discussions held on practical arrangements for hosting selected individuals.
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