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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Research Assistant: Mathematical Morphology Centre, Fontainebleau, France





Description of the vacancy

Mathematical Morphology Centre

The vacancy to be filled is at the Mathematical Morphology Centre (, which has a staff of 8 permanent scientists and 12 Ph.D. students.

The CMM was created in 1968 by G. Matheron and J. Serra, with the aim of developing the foundations of mathematical morphology and its applications in the processing and analysis of images, vision and physics of heterogeneous media. The fields of application of mathematical morphology focus on biological and medical imaging, quantitative microscopy and the micro-structure of materials.

The vacancy is for a research assistant (fixed-term contract) which could lead in the medium term (three to four years) to a post of permanent research academic.

Physics of Heterogeneous Media

The successful applicant will perform teaching and research duties in the Physics of Heterogeneous Media group, whose research activities are conducted in partnership with the P.M. Fourt Materials Centre (Evry) and with the industrial world under contract.

From the outset, mathematical morphology was motivated by a quest for establishing relations between the texture and physical behaviour of heterogeneous media.

This approach is based on several components:

-        the representation of micro-structures and rough surfaces with the aid of frequently non-conventional imaging methods: X-ray processing for tomographical reconstruction, MRI, confocal microscopy, multispectral imaging, imaging of diffusing media, imaging of coated rough surfaces, radar imaging, etc. In all these cases, images contain information on the objects under examination which must be extracted through a physical model of the formation of the image, texture models and methods of resolution of inverse problems and optimization;

-        the description of the micro-structure with the aid of relevant morphological parameters for the resolution of a physical problem, representation of the micro-structure through probable models of the ensembles or random functions identified on the basis of microscopy images (optics, electronics, microtomography, etc.), analytical and numerical analysis of problems related to changes of scale through homogenization or through probability methods.

Fields of application include the mechanical, electromagnetic and thermal behaviour of materials and biological structures (tissue, bone, etc.).


If such a work environment, multidisciplinary in nature combining physics and applied mathematics, modelling and simulation, strikes you as promising, if you are ready to work in direct contact with the industrial work and its demands in regard to academic research, please send us an original research project covering one or more of the following fields:

-        the development of specific software tools for improving images and the extraction of useful information for describing the studied environments;

-        the homogenization of random environments, in the presence of components with strongly contrasted properties;

-        the study of the dynamic properties of materials within the context of wave (acoustic and electromagnetic) propagation.

The vacancy is for a researcher possessing a doctorate with a sound knowledge based on publications regarding the processing of images, probabilities, models and simulations of random media, homogenization and materials. The applicant will also have to master computer programming and present a sample of software development and an aptitude for teamwork. The applicant will have to display his/her capacity to conduct research work in a multidisciplinary context.

Research work carried out at CMM is part of collaboration under contract with industry and with national and international research institutes. The applicant will have to ensure the development of relations with those partners and will have to negotiate the scientific, administrative and financial content of contracts.

Post-doctoral experience in a foreign laboratory would be an asset for this post. A sound command of spoken and written English is an absolute requirement.

Application file

The application file should include:

          - a detailed CV;

          - a list of research work and publications;

          - a covering letter presenting the candidates scientific project;

          - letters of recommendation from scientific and/or industrial specialists.

The file should be sent before 4 May 2007 to the Centre de Morphologie Mathmatique, cole des Mines de Paris, 35, rue Saint-Honor, F77300 Fontainebleau, France, for the attention of the Director of the Centre, F. MEYER, and/or by email to