2019-01610 - Post-Doctoral Research Visit F/M Understanding and controlling microbial communities: optimal control of multiscale models

Type de contrat : CDD de la fonction publique

Niveau de diplôme exigé : Thèse ou équivalent

Fonction : Post-Doctorant

A propos du centre ou de la direction fonctionnelle

Located at the heart of the main national research and higher education cluster, member of the Université Paris Saclay, a major actor in the French Investments for the Future Programme (Idex, LabEx, IRT, Equipex) and partner of the main establishments present on the plateau, the centre is particularly active in three major areas: data and knowledge; safety, security and reliability; modelling, simulation and optimisation (with priority given to energy).   

The 450 researchers and engineers from Inria and its partners who work in the research centre's 28 teams, the 60 research support staff members, the high-level equipment at their disposal (image walls, high-performance computing clusters, sensor networks), and the privileged relationships with prestigious industrial partners, all make Inria Saclay Île-de-France a key research centre in the local landscape and one that is oriented towards Europe and the world.


Contexte et atouts du poste

Mission confiée

Perform the optimal control of microbial communities, taking advantage of refined modelling and multiscale analysis.

Principales activités

The first task amounts to propose appropriate modeling frameworks for these multiscale systems. One will consider first principle representations, in the form of stochastic individual based models, but also continuous approximations thereof, leading to Fokker-Planck equation models with continuous couplings. The inclusion of cell-to-cell heterogeneity in this framework is non-trivial. The second task is to specify optimal control problems and develop optimal control strategies for this class of systems, and more generally for parabolic partial differential equations. Lastly, one will investigate the possibility to use optimal control tools to design optimally-informative experiments for this class of systems and apply this framework in active learning contexts.


Knowledge of optimization and optimal control techniques (including programming tools) applied to microbial communities.


  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs
  • Leave: 7 weeks of annual leave + 10 extra days off due to RTT (statutory reduction in working hours) + possibility of exceptional leave (sick children, moving home, etc.)
  • Possibility of teleworking (after 6 months of employment) and flexible organization of working hours
  • Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
  • Social, cultural and sports events and activities
  • Access to vocational training
  • Social security coverage


Monthly gross salary : 2.653 euros