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Assistant Professor (Maître Assistant) in Chemical Engineering – Heterogeneous reactor modelling

Ref : ESF-8304
Posting date : 30/03/2018
Deadline for application : 30/04/2018

Employer : Mines de Saint-Etienne - Ecole de IMT
Contract : Tenure position
Location : SAINT-ETIENNE, Rhône-Alpes, France
Salary : N/A

The École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne (EMSE), École de l’Institut Mines Télécom, under the supervision of the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Digital Technology, is assigned missions of education, research and innovation, transfer to industry and scientific, technical and industrial culture.
The EMSE consists of 1,800 engineering and research students, 420 staff members, a consolidated budget of €50M, three sites on the Saint-Etienne campus (Loire Department), a campus in Gardanne (Bouches-du-Rhône Department), five educational training and research centres, seven research laboratories, a scientific, technical and industrial cultural centre (La Rotonde) and development projects in France and abroad.

The Centre for Chemical Engineering (SPIN) is devoted to teaching and research of industrial and geo-chemical engineering concerning divided and dispersed solids (grains, particles, powders, soil, ores), and deals with inorganic chemistry, from fundamental issues to technological applications.
Moreover, the center develops experimental and numerical approaches and tools for multi-scale and multi-physics applications involving chemical reactions, heat and mass transfer and production, multiphasic liquid-solid-gas flow.
The SPIN centre consists of three departments and is organised around six research themes:
- “Geosciences and environment” department, works principally on “complex hydro systems and geo-processes” and “industrial crystallization with gas hydrates application” topics
- “Powder Science and Technology” department, examines mainly “powder technology” and “Geometry and physico-chemistry of granular medium” subjects.
- “Processes and Reactivity of Solid-Gas Systems, Instrumentation, Sensors” department researches problematics in “solid-gas reactivity” and “electrical properties of solids in interaction with gas and instrumentation” (the department in question)
Research is coordinated with two joint research centres (UMR 5307 – Georges Friedel Laboratory; UMR 5600 – Environnement, Ville, Société) and is based on analytical and experimental platforms. Our pilots and prototypes are designed and built in a Hall for Energy and Environment technologies prototyping (T2E2 hall). Anthropic Ecosystems are of particular research interest, and experiments and analysis are conducted on former industrial sites.
SPIN is strongly involved in teaching activities for master’s degree in science and executive engineering (Ingénieur Civil des Mines – ICM) and obtains practical industrial placements for continuing education master's degrees particularly in both energy efficiency (IVE) and nuclear engineering (IGIN) programs. The SPIN centre also coordinates or takes part in three Masters of Science: Process Engineering & Industrial Energy Efficiency (PEI2E) ; Mathematical Imaging and Spatial Pattern Analysis (MISPA) ; Geography Spaces Human Environment Resources (GEOSPHERES).
The “Processes and Reactivity of Solid-Gas Systems, Instrumentation, Sensors” (PTSI) department in develops its activities on solid-gas reactivity, has this position open for candidature.
The general expertise of PTSI centers around heterogeneous kinetics, electrochemistry and instrumentation. Solid experimental approaches (thermal analysis, physico-chemical and electrical characterizations, elaboration and shaping of materials, test bench) are completed by modelling concepts based on a unique and strong methodology widely recognized by both academia and industry.
The PTSI department optimizes industrial processes to make them more efficient in terms of energy and raw materials use for both production and storage of heat energy, transformation and reprocessing of materials (ores, powder for additive manufacturing,…), gas capture, via a multi-physics and multi-scale approach. The department develops, tests and produces its proper Gas and particulates sensors and associated microsystems in the field of process intensification (factory of the future), environmental norms control (indoor and outdoor air pollution) and security aspects (drugs, explosives…). Thus the whole measuring chain is covered, from solid-gas interaction up to the prototype elaboration including the data acquisition and processing.



The teaching mission consists of undertaking both supervised and practical courses, along with the tutoring of projects and internships/work experiences, essentially in the teaching selective graduate science and executive engineering, masters, and PHdPhD. degree courses and modules.

The candidate should be capable of covering a relatively large spectrum within the teaching of chemical engineering and energetics. The teaching assignments could also involve other training programmes such as Masters of Science PEI2E and doctoral studies.

The successful candidate will be actively involved with the teaching teams in charge of the training courses cited above. The design of new activities and the development of innovative teaching methods, in particular related to digital technology, will be an integral component of the teaching mission.
The candidate should be able to carry out the teaching assignments and possibly MOOCs in English.
A minimum number of hours must be completed. Activity design, supervision and course management are included in the expected teaching activities.

In relation to the research theme on modelling of solid-gas heterogeneous reactors the following tasks will be allocated to the candidate: in the research laboratory:
- develop a multi-scale approach by coupling chemical reactivity with heat and mass transfers at divided medium scale. Numerical aspects of this approach will be developed in coordination with others teams of the SPIN centre.
- contribute to the development of the expertise concerning modelling of physico-chemical transformations of divided solids
- participate both in the communication and publication of results obtained.

These assignments will be carried out on the Saint-Etienne (42) EMSE campus.

Candidate profile

The candidate should hold a doctorate in Chemical Engineering (CNU section 62). Significant experience of teaching in the aforementioned fields (teaching instructor, contracted teacher and/or ATER status (temporary teaching and research assistant status)) at under-graduate or post-graduate cycle levels will be appreciated.
The successful candidate will contribute to the research theme on solid reactivity and transformation, and particularly on both multi-scale modelling and numerical simulation aspects.
Command of the English language is essential. Given the School’s international development projects, significant international experience is strongly recommended. Failing this, an international mobility with a foreign partner institution should be envisaged during the three years following recruitment.
The main candidate assessment criteria are as follows (non-exhaustive list):
- Significant teaching experience (development of digital courses, reference works…) in the previously mentioned fields, at under-graduate or post-graduate level, will be appreciated, along with development of new teaching methods.
- Capacity to reinforce the research theme on solids reactivity and transformation in general, and heterogeneous reactors modelling in particular
- Capacity to successfully integrate the team project, the centre and the research laboratory
- Production of scientific articles: quality and number of publications in A-ranked scientific journals according to HCERES (Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education) criteria.
- Partnership-based research: direct industrial partnerships, collaborative research, support to start-ups …
- International partnerships
- Good command of the English language, significant international experience
- Aptitude for team work, as well as collaboration with the other departments of the SPIN centre in particular
- Capacity to obtain the Accreditation to Supervise Research qualification (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) in the five to seven years following the candidate’s recruitment

4) Recruitment Conditions
By application of the specific status of teaching staff of the Mines Telecom institute (modified decree n° 2007-468 of the 28th March 2007), candidates should hold a doctorate diploma or a similar recognized qualification level, equivalent to the required national diplomas.
In addition, candidates should have European Union citizen status as of the day of the application submission (law 83-634 of the 13th July 1983 referring to the rights and obligations of public employees; Art. 5 and 5 bis).
Required date for taking up the position: 1st October 2018

Application process

The application file should include:
- An application cover letter
- A curriculum vitae outlining teaching activities, research work and where appropriate, relations with economic and industrial sectors (maximum 10 pages)
- Recommendation letters, at the discretion of the candidate,
- A copy of the Doctorate diploma (or PhD),
- A copy of an identity document
These documents should be addressed for the attention of the Director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne, at the latest by the 30th April 2018, date as per postmark, and sent to:

École nationale supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne
For the attention of Madame Elodie EXBRAYAT
Department of Personnel and Human Resources
158, Cours Fauriel
42023 Saint-Étienne cedex 2

Candidates selected for an interview will be informed rapidly. Part of the interview will be held in English. Cover letters, CVs and application files written in English will be accepted, but applicants will have to demonstrate in their application file their ability to efficiently communicate in French with students, fellow faculty members and the school administration. For those invited to be interviewed, the same will be expected in oral form and tested by the selection committee.

For further information concerning the post, contact:
Director of Centre
Jean-Michel Herri
Tel: +33 4 77 42 02 92
E-mail: jean-michel.herri@mines-stetienne.fr

Responsible of PTSI department
Loïc Favergeon
Tel: +33 4 77 42 02 93
E-mail: loic.favergeon@mines-stetienne.fr

For further administrative information, contact:
Tel + 33 (0)4 77 42 00 81
E-mail: elodie.exbrayat@emse.fr

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