Job description

Discipline : Printed electronics applied to environmental sensors

Line Manager : Director of the Center for Energy and Environment

Affiliation : Ecole Nationale Supérieure Mines-Télécom Lille Douai (IMT Nord Europe)

Workplace : Douai (France)

Type of contract: permanent position

Public establishment belonging to IMT (Institut Mines-Télécom), placed under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, IMT Nord Europe has three main objectives: providing our students with ethically responsible engineering practice enabling them to solve 21st century issues, carrying out our R&D activities leading to outstanding innovations and supporting territorial development through innovation and entrepreneurship. Ideally positioned at the heart of Europe, 1 hour away from Paris, 30 min from Brussels and 1h30 from London, IMT Nord Europe has strong ambitions to become a main actor of the current industrial transitions, digital and environmental, by combining education and research on engineering and digital technologies.

Located on two main campuses dedicated to research and education in Douai and Lille, IMT Nord Europe offers research facilities of almost 20,000m² in the following areas :

  • Digital Systems
  • Energy and Environment
  • Materials and Processes

IMT Nord Europe wishes to strengthen the competences of its Centre for Research and Innovation in Energy and Environment (CERI EE), and to develop interfaces with the school's two other CERIs in Materials and Processes (CERI MP) and Digital Systems (CERI SN). The jury will be particularly attentive to proposals favouring interdisciplinarity, especially at the interfaces between CERIs and in connection with the School's and the Institute's fields of excellence.

Within CERI EE, the Atmospheric Sciences research team includes 19 teacher-researchers, 10 technicians and engineers. The central themes are aimed at a better understanding of the physicochemical processes of generation and transformation of gaseous and particulate pollutants and study of their human and environmental impact. IMT Nord Europe wants to strengthen team’s skills in the field of air quality sensors.

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IMT Nord Europe wishes to strengthen the research skills of its Centre for Research and Innovation in Energy and Environment (CERI EE) (, and to develop interfaces with IMT Nord Europe's two other CERIs in Materials Processes (CERI MP) and Digital Systems (CERI SN), and reinforce its positioning at national and international levels. The jury will be particularly attentive to project proposals that promote interdisciplinarity and positioning in line with the School's and Institute's areas of excellence.

CERI EE's Atmospheric Sciences research team comprises 20 teacher-researchers and 10 technicians and engineers. The team's core themes are aimed at gaining a better understanding of the physicochemical processes involved in the generation and transformation of gaseous and particulate pollutants, and assessing their impact on Man and the Environment. IMT Nord Europe wishes to strengthen the team's skills in the field of sensors for monitoring indoor and outdoor air quality and individual exposure.
In this context, IMT Nord Europe is recruiting a Research Associate whose missions are described below :

Missions :

Reporting to the CERI Director, the incumbent will participate in research and technology transfer activities. Teaching assignments may also be offered in connection with research activities in the specialist field of printed electronics. The applications targeted for this position concern the fields of airborne gas and particle sensors, their design, qualification and use in the various environments in which they may be deployed.
The integration will be within a multidisciplinary team with skills in atmospheric physical chemistry, electronics and polymer materials.

Research and technology transfer activities :

  • Initiate and lead research projects related to:

i) materials for organic electronics (formulation, shaping), taking into account their environmental impact,

ii) advanced characterization of thin films (property/structure/performance links).

iii) design and qualification of air quality sensors (laboratory and field),

  • Develop research activities by building partnerships with national and international academic research laboratories, and with players in the business world.
  • Participate in the development of innovative methods for characterizing and qualifying sensor systems dedicated to gases and particles,
  • Contribute to training through research by supervising doctoral and post-doctoral students,
  • In collaboration with the technical team and researchers, maintain a technology watch to ensure that the most advanced scientific equipment, hardware and software relevant to the job are available,
  • Contribute to the definition of the resources required for the smooth running of the laboratory's activities,
  • Participate in national and international groups working on organic and/or printed electronics,
  • Participate in various scientific and technological events on behalf of CERI EE, and in the valorization (publications, communications) of the results obtained,
  • Provide technology transfer services.

Job requirements

Required Profile

The successful candidate must have strong scientific background and technical skills, allowing her/him to carry out the aforementioned missions.

She/He should :

  • Proven scientific and technological skills in printed electronics, formulation and shaping of functional materials and/or physics of organic materials. Knowledge of sensor design and associated signal processing would be appreciated,
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills,
  • A good command of spoken and written English is required (speaking and writing skills).
  • Demonstrate a marked openness to the international arena, as well as linguistic and cultural skills,
  • Willingness to participate in working groups, exchanges and national and international events (conferences, congresses, etc.).

The candidate must hold a PhD in organic electronics, printed electronics or materials engineering. The position would suit a person interested in research into organic materials, their application to sensors and/or the metrology associated with these sensing tools. In the French academic reference system, the position corresponds to a qualification in section CNU (Conseil National des Universités) 28, 33 and/or 63. Candidates must provide proof of experience. The candidate should be culturally open, able to work effectively into multidisciplinary projects, and show an interest in applying his/her research to air quality issues.

The administrative residence is in Douai. Regular travel is required to all of the IMT Nord Europe’s sites.


POSITION : Patrice CODDEVILLE, Professor at Institut Mines Télécom,

MISSIONS : Nathalie REDON, Assistant Professor at Institut Mines Télécom, or Caroline DUC, Assistant Professor at Institut Mines Télécom,

For administrative information, please contact the Human Resources Department:

This job is offered to civil servants on a mobility basis, or on a contractual basis under public law.

In addition, the position can be adapted for a disabled person.


Partial teleworking possible,

Exceptional working environment,

Plenty of time off,

Collective catering on site,

75% reimbursement of public transport costs to and from work,

Sustainable mobility package (for carpooling or cycling),

Family supplement,

Wide range of social benefits,

Stimulating innovation ecosystem (startups, students, research, companies).


The required document must include the following documents :

  • A CV specifying your activities in research (including a list of publications and conference presentations), and possibly teaching, administration and other collective responsibilities.
  • Add the names and contact details of two referees, who will be contacted separately.
  • Copies of degrees and diplomas
  • A letter of motivation
  • A summary of your qualifications, work and experience (maximum 4 pages)
  • Your identity document,
  • A project for integration into CERI EE, describing research activities and taking into account complementary skills to those of the host team (please contact the research team mentioned above).

Deadline date for submissions : 30/11/2023

Eligibility Conditions: PhD degree.