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  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Physical Interactions between individuals

    Opportunity: A 1-year full-time post-doctoral position in INRIA, MimeTIC Team ( in Rennes, France. The position is funded by Inria with the help of la Région Bretagne. The gross monthly salary amounts to 2 128 euros.

    Research Topics: The main topic of the post-doctoral fellow is the study of physical interactions between individuals. During interactions, each individual must act with respect to the motion of the other one. Especially, the question is to investigate how these interactions combine with respect to the type of the task to perform (avoid, intercept, meet, follow) and the role of each individual involved in the interaction (collaborative, competitive). Using an experimental approach (motion capture, virtual reality, …) at the individual scale, we propose to develop numerical models of interactions. The first objective is fundamental and aims at understanding the laws governing motor control during interactions. The second objective concerns the use of these numerical models of interaction. For simulation purpose, it will enable to propose more realistic pedestrian models, which are essential to design public area, for which security is assessed through simulation. In sports, realistic virtual human behavior in interaction tasks can be integrated to create next generation numerical training tools to increase performance.
    Research Environment: The position is available in the MimeTIC team ( in partnership between Inria ( ) and M2S lab ( The specificity of this team is to gather transdisciplinary scientific abilities with skills both in Biomechanics and Numerical Sciences. Moreover, the team has a unique research platform with two large immersive rooms and a gymnasium (30x20m) dedicated to motion capture and analysis.
    Background Skills: The candidate should have a PhD in Biomechanics or in Computer Science. The candidate should have fluent writing and verbal communication skills in English as well as background in human experiments (experimental design, statistics, motion capture, virtual reality,….). Nevertheless, every application with interesting background will be considered.
    · Applicants should not be French national,
    · or be French national but have stayed abroad France at least 12months in the past 3 years.
    Start Date: Review of applications will begin January 4th, 2016 with a start date as soon as possible (deadline for the venue : May, 1st 2015)
    Applications: Send an email with cover letter, full CV, and contact info for 2 references to Anne-Hélène OLIVIER, PhD, MimeTIC Team, (INRIA), M2S Lab (University of Rennes 2)
    Last edited by Anne-Helene Olivier; December 15, 2015, 12:23 PM.