Assistant/Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in Mixed Reality at Télécom Paris - CDI

Job description

Télécom Paris, a school of the IMT (Institut Mines-Télécom) and a founding member of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris, is one of the top 5 French general engineering schools. An institution on a "human scale" but with a strong international component, Télécom Paris is recognized for its proximity to companies. This public school guarantees excellent employability in all sectors and is the leading engineering school for the entire digital vertical (from hardware layers to uses).

With its excellent teaching and innovative pedagogy, Télécom Paris is at the heart of a unique innovation ecosystem, based on interaction and the importance of project mode in its training on the one hand, and its interdisciplinary research on the other. Its teacher-researchers are affiliated with two research laboratories: on the one hand, the LTCI laboratory, which is presented by the HCERES as a flagship unit in the field of digital sciences with remarkable international influence; and on the other hand, the i3 laboratory, Interdisciplinary Institute of Innovation (I3 - UMR 9217 of the CNRS), which pursues a multidisciplinary research program focused on innovation in the framework of a collaboration with the École Polytechnique and Mines ParisTech

Based in Palaiseau, at the heart of the Institut Polytechnique campus alongside the École Polytechnique, ENSTA, Télécom Sud Paris and ENSAE, Télécom Paris also has a Paris-based incubator at the heart of the French start-up ecosystem.

Télécom Paris is positioned as an open-air laboratory for all the major technological and societal challenges: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, IOT, cybersecurity, large-scale digital equipment (Cloud), 5G/6G, Green IT.

SCIENTIFIC CONTEXT

The selected candidate will join the DIVA team (Design, Interaction, Visualization, and Applications), a multidisciplinary research group in the LTCI research lab and the Computer Science & Networking department of Télécom Paris, which are a part of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris (IP Paris). It is a leader in the French and International HCI, Visualization, and VR communities. It publishes regularly in top-tier venues such as ACM CHI & UIST, and IEEE VIS & VR, and benefits from extensive academic and industrial collaborations.

The core DIVA team conducts research in a wide range of HCI and Visualization on topics including VR, gestural and mobile interaction, interaction techniques and devices, malleable software/end-user programming, sensemaking in visualization, and tools to support education at scale. It collaborates frequently with researchers in the social sciences, design, and broader computer science fields, within Télécom Paris and IP Paris, within the broader Paris region (Université Paris-Saclay, Sorbonne Université), nationally, and internationally.

PREFERRED SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE

The successful candidate will lead HCI and/or Visualization research in VR/AR/XR and is expected to develop and reinforce the team’s leadership in these areas and to contribute to the team’s multidisciplinary focus. Candidates should have a track record of high-quality publications in HCI, Visualization, XR, and/or related fields.

Candidates who are experts in other areas of HCI or Visualization will also be considered, depending on their track record. Interested candidates who are in doubt are encouraged to make contact (see contact information below).

Primary fields:

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality
  • Visualization

Secondary skills are a plus, but not required:

  • Digital fabrication and/or prototyping (e.g. FabLab)

    JOB DESCRIPTION
  1. Applicants should participate in the design and implementation of courses in HCI, XR, and the broader scientific field.
  2. They should conduct research.
  3. They should participate in the development of partnerships, collaborations, and contractual agreements in their scientific field.

Research:

  • Engage in research activities in the scientific field concerned;
  • Write proposals and participate in projects with partners from the Institut Polytechnique de Paris, the Institut Mines-Télécom or other institutions from the academic and/or corporate world, in particular in the framework of fundamental, national, or European projects;
  • Carry out bilateral or collaborative industrial research contracts;
  • Explore and develop long-term partnerships within the industry and establish contractual agreements.
    Teaching:
    In collaboration with the other faculty members of the department:
  • Provide courses consistent with areas of knowledge, skills-set, and departmental needs;
  • Teach labs and tutorials for undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Serve on juries for prospective students who are applying for engineering courses, specialized masters, etc.;
  • Contribute to the analysis of training needs;
  • Design and organize teaching activities for undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Design and implement project-based teaching;
  • Supervise student projects;
  • Develop courses and teaching tools in the above-mentioned field.
    Coordination:
  • Participate in and contribute to the scientific activities of the Group (seminars, presentations, juries, etc.).
    Fostering the recognition of Telecom Paris and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris:
  • Disseminate research findings via scholarly writing and publication;
  • Lead presentations and seminars;
  • Take an active role in scholarly and professional organizations;
  • Maintain close relations with academic institutions, research centers, and companies.
    Other responsibilities:
  • Participate in the scientific, pedagogical, and management activities of the department and/or institution;
  • Where appropriate, direct and manage the staff placed under his or her responsibility or supervision;
  • Report on the activities and results of the tasks for which he or she is responsible.


Job requirements

Required skills, experience, and knowledge:

  • In-depth theoretical or applied knowledge in his or her field of expertise;
  • An excellent command of spoken and written English.
  • If the candidate is does not speak French, at the moment of hire he or she must commit to obtaining a professional proficiency of French as quickly as possible while under contract.

Preferred skills, experience, and knowledge:

  • Post-doctoral or international experience in an academic or industrial laboratory is appreciated;
  • Teaching experience.

Other abilities and skills:

  • The ability to be an active team member in a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment;
  • Strong teaching, pedagogical, and mentoring capabilities; 
  • Superb written and interpersonal communication skills.

REQUIRED QUALIFICIATIONS

Candidates with one or more of the following required qualifications may apply:

  • Doctorate or equivalent (defended on or before 15 Nov. 2022);
  • Civil servant recruited through the École Polytechnique or ENA or former student of the École Normale Supérieure and ≥ 3 years of professional experience;
  • Holds a post-graduate degree from an engineering, business, or management school and has ≥ 5 years of professional experience;
  • Holds a post-graduate degree and has ≥ 5 years of professional experience;
  • Is a high-level business executive with ≥ 8 years of professional experience.


ACADEMIC RANK & CAREER EVOLUTION

The proposed position is a permanent position. Depending on level of experience, the successful candidate will obtain the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor title. The latter is given to the candidates having the French habilitation diploma, HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) or an equivalent international academic experience. To obtain the Full Professor title, one of the conditions is to obtain the HDR.



APPLICATION PROCEDURES
To apply, please attach the following documents

  • curriculum vitae,
  • cover letter
  • a description of past research work, including a list of the 10 best publications (max. 4 pages)
  • a description of teaching experience at university level or in continuing education (max. 3 pages)
  • a copy of the top 3 publications
  • a statement of research objectives and teaching involvement (max. 3 pages)
  • the names and e-mail addresses of two qualified personalities who can give an informed opinion on the application,

Location: Télécom Paris, 19 Place Marguerite Perey, 91120 Palaiseau, France
Application deadline: Monday, 3 October, 2022

Start date: December 2022

If you would like more information:
James Eagan: james.eagan+diva22@telecom-paris.fr