2022-05267 - Post-Doctoral Research Visit F/M Automatized creation of lexicon of ideas in Aristotle's Politics by mixing statistical and historical expertise
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Type de contrat : CDD

Contrat renouvelable : Oui

Niveau de diplôme exigé : Thèse ou équivalent

Fonction : Post-Doctorant

Niveau d'expérience souhaité : Jeune diplômé

Contexte et atouts du poste

Within the framework of a partnership (you can choose between)

  • public with Archimède (Université de Strasbourg, Université de Haute-Alsace), funded by Action Exploratoire Inria Apollon.

an application more specifically dedicated to automatized the creation of a lexicon of ideas.

Is regular travel foreseen for this post ? 

The collaboration involves frequent travel between Nancy and Strasbourg. Travel expenses are covered within the limits of the scale in force


Mission confiée

Assignments :
With the help of the PASTA team (Inria) and the Archimède team (Université Strasbourg & Université de Haute-Aslace), the recruited person will be taken to test several techniques of factor analysis and text classification in collaboration with historian to create a lexicon of ideas, with a view toward automatization through reinforcement learning techniques.

For a better knowledge of the proposed research subject :
A state of the art, bibliography and scientific references are available at the following URL, do not hesitate to log in: https://www.inria.fr/fr/apollon

Collaboration :
The recruited person will be in connection with

  • Antoine Lejay, Lionel Lenotre, Sara Mazzonetto who are specialists in probability and statistics.
  • Maria-Teersa Schettino, Airton Pollini and Céline Urlacher-Becht who are specialists of Greek and Roman history  for validating the quality of the lexicon of ideas.


Responsibilities :
The person recruited is responsible for developping an innovative high-quality research and will be given a lot of freedom.

Steering/Management :
The person recruited will be in charge of supervising a Master internship in Spring/Summer 2023.

Principales activités

Main activities (5 maximum) :

  • studying factor and text classification techniques on Aristotle's Politics and create an automatized lexicon of ideas
  • exploring new direction in presence of small data and human expertise
  • encompassing these techniques into a Q-learning framework
  • focusing on explicability and interpretability of the proposed solution, as well as an appropriate statistical validation
  • developping corresponding codes (R, Python)

Additional activities (3 maximum) :

  • write reports, article, give talks to seminar and conference
  • participate to the life of the Pasta team and tne Institut Elie Cartan de Lorraine


Technical skills and level required :

  • PhD thesis in theoretical statistics
  • high-dimensional statistics
  • programming in R or python
  • reinforced learning, Markovian decision process
  • machine learning

Languages :

  • English or French
  • ancient Greek is not required, yet could be a plus

Relational skills :

  • good communication in a cross-disciplinary context (mathematics, machine learning and social sciences)
  • team-work

Other valued appreciated :

  • rigor
  • synthesis
  • creativity


  • 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


Salary: 2746€ gross/month