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mfoissac51
08-17-2008, 07:05 PM
JOB POSTING : Research and Development Engineer in « Biomechanics and textile ».

Since its foundation in 1976, Decathlon (www.decathlon.com) has always had a very clear goal: to make sport more enjoyable for everyone. All over the world, this purpose is expressed through two complementary areas of expertise:
- The design and manufacture of sporting goods
- The retail of sporting goods
With more than 5 Billion Euros Turnover, 350 stores and 35 000 people in our staff, Decathlon is one of the most important brands in the world. In order to develop more comfortable products, a Research Department was created in 1997. Today, in this spirit, Decathlon Research Department, who now employs more than 30 researchers, wants to reinforce its biomechanics laboratory.

Mission :

You develop innovative textile products improving the biomechanics and the physiology of the athlete.
You develop new mechanical models to simulate the effects of textile on skin and you validate them experimentally.
You perform validation tests.

Description of the work :

- You ensure technical surveys of your domain.
- You organize and manage research programs in collaboration with research labs all over the world.
- You perform scientific protocols on human subjects and on testing machines.
- You transfer your scientific findings into technical innovative solutions.
- You patent your inventions and guarantee confidentiality and industrial property of your projects.
- You publish your knowledge and findings.

This is a full-time job, with salary according to experience, based in Decathlon Campus, Villeneuve d'Ascq (North of France).

Appropriate candidate:

With an engineering and/or PhD background, you have lead and published research projects on human body in the fields of biomechanics or mechanics of materials, and have a strong competency in finite element methods. You have also a successful experience of several years in product design (ideally textiles) in the industry.
Theoretical and applied knowledge in human physiology, as well as in industrial design and innovation would be appreciated.

You have a strong ability for team working, autonomy, creativity and are both rigorous and open-minded. You are also able to convince and have strong communication skills.

You are an active sportsman or sportswoman.

You speak fluently French and English.

Contact the Research Department of Décathlon : matthieu.foissac@decathlon.com, 4 Boulevard de Mons, 59665 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex FRANCE

Matthieu FOISSAC
R&D Project Manager - textile and heavy stitching - Decathlon - Biomechanics Laboratory matthieu.foissac@decathlon.com 4, Boulevard de Mons BP 299
59665 Villeneuve d'Ascq
FRANCE