2022-04420 - PhD Position F/M PhD in decision and planning for an autonomous vehicle

Contract type : Fixed-term contract

Level of qualifications required : Graduate degree or equivalent

Fonction : PhD Position


This position is part of a very close partnership between Inria and the Valeo group, but also as part of a national collaborative research project of the programme "Plan de Relance de l'Automobile" including the RITS team of Inria and Valeo's DAR department.

The objective is to contribute to the development of algorithms dedicated to the decision and the trajectory planning for autonomous vehicles, operating in road and urban environments. These modules will be validated on real instrumented prototypes belonging to the project partners.

Research and development activities are expected as well as scientific integration, demonstration and dissemination.



In collaboration with his colleagues in the Inria-Valeo team, the recruited person will be required to carry out scientific research work and carry out algorithmic developments that can be implemented in real instrumented autonomous mobile platforms.

For a better understanding of the proposed research context, visit the team's website at: https://team.inria.fr/rits/

Collaboration :

The person recruited will work directly with researchers and engineers from the Valeo and Inria teams. It will benefit from the scientific framework available at Inria and from the industrial and innovation framework of Valeo. He will interact with the other PhD students and partners of the project for which he is recruited and he will participate in various scientific events, national and international.


The person recruited is responsible for carrying out research and development in the field of autonomous mobile vehicles using on-board sensors and digital maps. He will contribute to the supervision of young interns and to the publication of the work in conferences and scientific journals. He will support his colleagues in live demonstrations and dissemination activities. Finally, he will contribute to the drafting of reports, articles and documentation for scientific and reporting purposes. Finally, he will be required to work on the Valeo (Créteil) and Inria (Paris and Rocquencourt) sites.

Main activities

Main activities:

  • Research: Offer maneuver decision and trajectory planning solutions
  • Development of corresponding algorithms and interfaces
  • Integration on experimental platforms
  • Writing of the documentation of algorithms, reports, deliverables and scientific articles
  • Supervision of doctoral students in their field of research

Additional activities:

  • Present the progress of the work to colleagues, partners and other audiences
  • Represent the team to public or international bodies
  • Help with setting up collaborative projects


Knowledge of a development environment (ROS, RTMAPS, etc.) is a facilitating advantage, the candidate having to master at least one programming language (C, C ++, Python, etc.).

Knowledge or mastery in handling digital maps is a plus (OSM, HERE…).

The candidate must be fluent in English at least as a scientific exchange language; French is a very significant asset.

The candidate must have good interpersonal skills, favor teamwork and be ready to discuss in a multinational environment.

Benefits package

  • 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 
  • Flexible organization of working hours (after 12 months of employment)
  • Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
  • Social, cultural and sports events and activities
  • Access to vocational training