Recruitment of a tenure track assisant professor in design and organization

MINES ParisTech is hiring an assistant professor in design and organization

As part of the development of its research and teaching activities in the field of Management science, MINES ParisTech, member of PSL University, is opening an assistant researcher position in management sciences, specializing in and Management of Transitions in the unknown.

Open in the form of a fixed-term contract (initial duration of one year, renewable), this position is aimed at a junior researcher (M / F) with a taste for multidisciplinary work at the interface of fundamental research and the industrial world. The desired candidate will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with the economic community and will participate in the contractual research work of his /her team. He /she will also have the possibility of defining a thesis subject from his /her first year in the Center. He /she will be called upon to co-supervise this thesis with an experienced member of the center, holding an habilitation to direct researches (i.e. HDR in French).

This position is intended to evolve into a permanent job as a teacher-researcher over a period of 3 years as part of a Tenure Track procedure. Candidates can find a description of this procedure on the MINES ParisTech website, at the address:


1.              RESEARCH AT MINES ParisTech

MINES ParisTech is a public institution of a scientific, cultural and professional nature. It is under the supervision of the ministry in charge of industry. It is a founding member of the PSL University, MINES ParisTech. It develops a research activity covering a very wide field of scientific disciplines. It is composed of eighteen research centers that are organized into five departments: Earth and Environmental Sciences, Energetics and Processes, Mechanics and Materials, Mathematics and Systems, and finally Economy, Management and Society.

MINES ParisTech research aims at both academic excellence and socio-economic impact. This oriented research model is developed in close interaction with the socio-economic world: companies in the private or public sector, but also institutions and public administrations. MINES ParisTech is the leading school in France by its volume of research on contracts, carried by Armines, the MINES ParisTech Foundation or MINES ParisTech. This original positioning has enabled the School to expand its teams (by recruiting teachers-researchers on open-ended contracts with its own resources via the Armines contractual research association), and allows it to maintain over the long term unique experimental and digital platforms whose quality is recognized by its partners.

This ability of MINES ParisTech and companies to work together on ambitious scientific and industrial subjects is recognized nationally and internationally (e.g. the award of several CNRS medals to researchers from the centers, the renewal of the Carnot label in 2020, the obtaining of several industrial chairs and an EQUIPEX project, the establishment distinction in French and international ESR rankings, etc.).



The position is attached to the Center for Management Science (CGS) in Paris ( ), whose staff consists of 13 permanent researchers, and 25 PhD students and postdocs.

The CGS is a member of the interdisciplinary institute of innovation (i3, UMR CNRS 9217). It is one of the reference laboratories in the field of management sciences. Its research hinges on a dual culture of modelling and empirical analysis of new forms of collective action. Faithful to a foundational tradition in management sciences, the CGS initiated many major scientific breakthroughs, mainly in design theory (C-K theory), logistics (the Physical Internet) and governance of innovative companies (purpose-driven corporations). These breakthroughs are currently ongoing in the context of several industrial teaching and research chairs, and numerous French, European and international partnership contracts and research projects. They lead to scientific publications recognized by several awards.

For the school teaching courses (“Civil Engineering” cycle, co-accredited masters, and doctoral training), these breakthroughs allow the development of high-level teaching: the CGS is responsible for 3 Majors (options), a PSL M1/M2 master (i.e. the Management of innovation master), and several masters courses. It is involved in the Graduate Management Program and the Graduate “Ingénierie Sciences Appliquées Innovation” (ISAI). Moreover, the CGS is particularly strongly involved in the reform of the “Civil Engineering” cycle, in particular with the development of several new units of study (i.e. UE25, Proof Of Concept (POC) trimester, 3 research trimesters, etc.).

These actions allow the CGS to contribute to several contemporary socio-economic challenges, in particular health systems (reinventing a resilient health system), industry transformations (from factory 4.0 to the design factory), responsible innovation for transitions (sustainability, new energies, new mobility, digitization, new materials, etc.).



The candidate should have demonstrated its ability to develop academic work in Management Science. It is expected that he/she has a good autonomy that enables him/her to get involved in collective projects, to find external resources through partnerships with various actors in the industrial and academics worlds.

The center for Management Science (CGS) of MINES ParisTech – PSL aims at strengthening its competences in Design and Management in the Unknown. C-K Theory of Design developed at CGS by Armand Hatchuel and Benoit Weil, led to important developments that contribute today to an international reputation of the French School of Design Theory, supported by the Chair of Design Theory and Methods for Innovation (DTMI). These progresses unfold today from innovation management to the principles and methods for management in the unknown: contemporary issues push companies and their managers and executive to face ominous unknown and undecidable situations (sacrificial dilemmas) and design theory enables today to collectively design decisions in the unknown and to lay the ground for models of rational action in the unknown. CGS aims at strengthening this research program in three directions :

1-  Deepen the models of generative processes, which are today a new chapter in engineering sciences and enable to extend models of statistical decision making and optimization (operations research) to situations with unknown.

2-  Support the development of organizations, processes, methods and techniques adapted to management in the unknown, not only at the level of engineering department and innovation department but also, more generally, for the multiple company departments, that are today confronted with unknowns (strategy, marketing, sales, HR, legal dpt, information systems dept, etc.).

3-  More specifically, investigate these issues of management in the unknown in contemporary cases of transitions (energy transition, agro and food transition, digital transition, climate change…) in which managers are frequently confronted with sacrificial dilemmas and have to lead innovative and responsible teams to design new decisions, better the one initially available.

The connection between generativity models and models for action in the unknown is a unique feature of CGS Research program on design theory and methods for innovation and will be at the center of the research works of the candidate.


The candidate will have to develop her/his own research program around these themes, participate in various courses intended for both students and engineers, supervise doctoral students, publish in the best international journals and and conferences, and contribute to the development of the partnership research activities of the center. He /she will have to demonstrate his/ her ability to fit into the academic communities in which the Chair of Design Theory and Methods for innovation participates as well as into international research cooperation already underway.

A visiting period in a foreign research institution is planned.

The candidate will actively contribute to the animation and scientific organization of the chair of Design Theory and Methods for Innovation and of the CGS. He /she will participate in particular in the deepening and diversification of existing partnerships with the socio-economic and academic worlds.


Teaching activities

The candidate will be encouraged to set up and teach small classes or courses that will enrich the educational offer of MINES ParisTech.

The candidate will contribute to the various teaching and training of the “Tronc Commun”  of his /her Department in the “Civil Engineer” cycle, namely the “Engineering Design and Management” Major (option Ingénierie de la Conception), and the courses for which the CGS is responsible (e.g. in particular the courses of “Design for Innovation” as well as the courses of "Design Theory”).

Moreover, he /she may be required to take responsibility for the new courses created by the center for the reform of the “Civil Engineer” cycle (e.g. in particular the trimesters “POC for a Responsible Industry” and “Design Theoyr – Generative processes”). He/ she may also intervene in other unit studies for “General Engineer”cycle. Moreover, he/ she will participate in the selection and graduation of students in the cycle where he/she will intervene. He /she will supervise doctoral students, engineering students, and master students.

The candidate will contribute, if necessary, to the School e-learning offer and /or to the replications of the School courses abroad, in French as well as in English. He/she will have to justify an educational experience in the field mentioned above. He/she will take on his/her share of the administrative work of organizing teaching and industrial visits.

Digital teaching experience is a plus.


Candidate Qualifications

The position is for a researcher graduated from a university or an engineering school and having a doctorate in management sciences with a marked interest for design theory and methods and for transitions management in the unknown. The candidate should have a proven experience and a specialization in the research field described above. He /she must have demonstrated significant academic activity (e.g. scientific articles, communications in international conferences, etc.). Good modeling skills will be highly appreciated. Solid knowledge of the business world or engineering sciences are also useful for this research program.

The candidate must have demonstrated a good ability to work in a team, in order to be able to develop his research activities in collaboration with the CGS teams or other French and foreign research centers.

The candidate must have a solid teaching experience as well as supervision of student work. In addition, he /she must show his / her ability to carry out research work in close partnership with the socio-economic world while registering them in an international scientific community.

Fluency in spoken and written English is imperative.


4.              APPLICATION FILE

The application file will include the following elements:

  •           a cover letter,
  •         a proposed scientific project, in conjunction with the work of the Scientific Management Center and the Physics Internet chair,
  •           a detailed CV,
  •           a list of works and publications,
  •           thesis and defense reports,
  •          if possible, three letters of recommendation which will be sent directly to the address below by personalities chosen by the candidate. Alternatively, the application file will include the names and contact details of at least three scientific personalities who may be requested to give an opinion on the candidate's work and abilities.


The file must be sent, before September 1st, 2021, to:


Centre for Management Science – MINES ParisTech
60 boulevard Saint Michel,

To be addressed to the Director of the Center for Management Science Professor Blanche Segrestin
and/or by email


Applications will be examined by a jury comprising both representatives of the School and external scientific personalities. The candidates selected during the preselection of applications will be invited to present their background, their work, and their scientific project to this jury.

For more information, candidates may contact the School's human resources department, and/or  the Professor Blanche Segrestin (