Monday, August 30, 2010

[DMANET] PhD Position at the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, in Gardanne, France

PhD Position (these Cifre en francais) in scheduling in semiconductor environment and Advanced Process Control, at the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne with the collaboration of STMicroelectronics Rousset, France.

Research area: Industrial Engineering, Computer Science.

Supervisors: Prof. Stephane Dauzere-Peres,, and Dr. Claude Yugma, (Associate Professor).

There is an immediate opening for a PhD student in industrial Engineering under the title: "Scheduling and advanced process control for semiconductor manufacturing" in the departement of Manufacturing Science and Logistics ( at the Microelectronics Centre of Provence of the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, Gardanne, (which is located between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille in France),,48-.html?lang=fr.

Given the complexity and the size of manufacturing systems for semi-conductors, the optimization of scheduling decisions is particularly a complex problem. Furthermore, machines and manufacturing processes are monitored and controlled by the tools developed in the Advanced Process Control (APC). The APC includes methods derived from Statistical Process Control (SPC), Fault Detection and Classification of defects (FDC) and control loops Run-to-Run (R2R). The objective of this thesis is to study the integration of information from the APC in scheduling decisions, as well as the impact of scheduling decisions on the APC. It consists in modeling new problems, and propose and develop approaches for solving optimization problems for the most relevant ones. The proposed approaches should be validated in different industrial contexts.

Applicants should have a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering or Computer Science (or equivalent) and an affinity with algorithms. Some experience in implementation and experimentation is expected. Fluency in English is a real added-value. Candidates should be willing to immerse in an industrial environment.

Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible, for full consideration by september 30, 2010. Inquiries and applications including a detailed CV, transcripts, a reference letter, a record of attended courses (with grades), and a copy of the Master's thesis should be addressed to:
Professor Stephane Dauzere-Peres, e-mail:, and Dr. Claude Yugma, e-mail:

Claude Yugma
Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne
CMP Georges Charpak
880, avenue de Mimet

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