Joining the COSI Group
As a graduate student
Applying for the DEA
The Université de Rennes 1 offers a one year ``masters'' degree,
DEA (see overview).
It is not a terminal degree and is intendend to prepare stuents for a thèse.
The minimum prerequisite is a bachelors degree in Computer Science or related
field. Admission is awarded by examination of a dossier which should include
your CV, transcripts and two letters of recommendation. At Irisa, all DEA
students receive a small stipend (about 2000 F per month). Depending on
the availability of funds, this could be increased.
Applying for a thèse
The Université de Rennes 1 also offers the thèse or the PhD
degree, which is awarded after a successful public defense of a dissertation
and a positive report by (at least) two external examiners. At Irisa, all
doctoral students are supported (for at least three years) by a fellowship
or ``bourse''. Different types of bourses are possible and the application
procedure for each differs slightly. In particular, some funding agencies
require that an application be made by Irisa on your behalf.
Sujet de thèse: A student starting a thèse is given a
short (1 page) description of the research topic. This description may also
be submitted to funding agencies when applying for a bourse. Each research group
prepares a list of thesis topics each year and this list is circulated among
prospective students. The 1998 list for COSI (in French) is available here.
It should give you an idea of our current research priorities (even if you don't
find a sujet that describes exactly what you are looking for, but you think
that there is a possibility of fruitful interaction, go to the following step).
To apply: Please send your detailed CV, transcripts, and a statement
of purpose, and arrange to have letters of recommendation sent by three
people who are familiar with your work and can comment on your research
potential. Your statement of purpose should be as detailed and as specific
as possible. Please write it as an essay of a couple of pages. Describe
why the problems you identify are important, what, in your opinion, is
needed to resolve them, and why you think that you will be able to do so,
and why in our group. Remember, that this may not end up being your specific
thesis topic which can be negotiated later (a lot depends on the funding
for your fellowship). It should enable us to judge your vision of what
you consider important, and your aptitudes and abilities.
As a permanent member
There are four possibilities: be hired as a faculty member at either the
University of Rennes 1 (IFSIC), or INSA de Rennes, or as a researcher in
CNRS or in Inria. Each has their standard selection process, and the selected
candidate eventually becomes a ``fonctionnaire'' (a French civil servant).
As a visitor or a short term employee
There are often possibilities to visit for short durations either as an
intern and/or as a visiting faculty member. This depends on the compatibility
of research interests, the availability of the group members and on the
funding situation. Our group usually offers summer internships for seniors
or beginning graduate students.
In addition, longer term visits such as post-docs and/or graduate student
visits (especially for co-supervised theses) may also be possible. Please
send us mail if you are interested. A final possibility is as an expert
engineer to perform specific tasks in the context of a research grant.
The following is the current list of openings (funding for some of which
Phd student and/or postdoctoral fellow to work on deriving regular VLSI
architectures for FPGA based reconfigurable coprocessors. This is funded by a
grant from IFCPAR (Indo French Center for Promotion of Advanced Research) and
involves researchers from the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta
(Electronics Unit). The candidate should be preferably from India (search
Postdoctoral researcher to investigate architectural problems in the context
of lightweight ATM switches, notably VLSI architectures for sorting, routing
table management, etc. Cooperative project involving France Telecom and
Ericsson, funded by a grant from the French national consortium for telecom
Phd students on various topics related to the research interest of the