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ONERA, a central player in aeronautical and space research, employs more than 2,000 people. Placed under the supervision of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, it has a budget of 266 million euros (2022), more than half of which comes from study, research and test contracts. State expert, ONERA prepares the defense of tomorrow, responds to the aeronautical and space challenges of the future, and contributes to the competitiveness of the aerospace industry. He masters all the disciplines and technologies in the field. All the major civil and military aerospace programs in France and Europe carry part of ONERA's DNA: Ariane, Airbus, Falcon, Rafale, missiles, helicopters, engines, radars, etc. Recognized internationally and often awarded, its researchers train many doctoral students.

Among ONERA’s seven Scientific Departments, the Materials and Structures Department’s mission is to meet expectations, anticipate needs and provide its expertise to industrialists in the fields of aeronautics, defense and space in terms of materials and structures. The scientific activities of the Department range from the atom to the structure, and cover all types of aeronautical materials (metallic, composites, ceramics). The Department has approximately 120 permanent staff and around fifty doctoral students. Its research units are located on the sites of Châtillon, Palaiseau and Lille.


The EPIC (Elaboration and Processes of Imaging and Control) research unit of the DMAS (Materials and Structures Department) develops numerical and experimental methods dedicated to the SHM (Structural Health Monitoring) of aerospace structures. Among the targeted applications, the optimization of the control of space launchers with a view to their reuse, is a strategic issue. In close collaboration with state and industrial partners in the space sector (CNES, ARIANE GROUP), the unit is involved in the sizing of SHM systems, the definition of protocols for the integration of sensors on structures, the validation of their reliability as devices for monitoring thermomechanical quantities and detecting damage, and predicting their resistance and durability in extreme environments.

In this context, you will take part in a European project centered on reusable technologies for space launchers and led by ARIANE GROUP. More specifically, your mission will consist of:

  • Coordinate the activities of the SHM batch of the project, in collaboration with various French and European partners, and ensure regular reporting within the framework of meetings and progress reports;
  • Evaluate, experimentally and numerically, the resistance and performance of various types of SHM sensors for the thermomechanical monitoring of samples and structural parts subjected to environments representative of launcher atmospheres;
  • Participate in the deployment of SHM systems on the “launcher” scale and in the exploitation of data acquired during demonstration tests.

In addition to daily interactions with the unit’s research engineers, technicians and doctoral students, you will also exchange with experts in artificial intelligence and predictive modeling, whose activities aim to establish a digital twin of instrumented structures.

Throughout the duration of the project, your work may require you to make occasional trips, in France and in Europe.

This position will be the subject of an Open-ended Contract Project or Research Operation Contract for the Horizon Europe SALTO project (reu S able str A tegic space L auncher T echnologies & O perations) for a minimum duration of 36 month.

Type of contract: CDI Contrat de Projet


  • Engineer or Doctor who can prove successful experience in the field of integrated health control of structures;
  • Strong skills in modeling thermomechanical phenomena;
  • Knowledge of piezoelectric or fiber optic SHM sensors;
  • An interest in data fusion approaches from different sensors and varied physics would be an undeniable asset;
  • Essential taste for project management;
  • Proficiency in English essential.

Joining ONERA means joining the leading player in aeronautics and space research in France, it means building the future now, it means innovating every day in a cutting-edge sector.

At ONERA, you will find a balance between professional life and personal life and an environment that promotes the continuous training of employees.

Notre entreprise s’engage dans une politique en faveur de l’intégration et du maintien dans l’emploi des personnes en situation de handicap.

Tagged as: data fusion, thermomechanical phenomena, piezoelectric or fiber optic SHM sensors

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