Publish Date
16 May 2018
Toulouse FRA
Reference Code
10390878 JB EN EXT 3
Interest Group
Professional staff - engineer
Functional Area
Contract Type
PHD, Research contract
Working Time
Work Experience
No work experience


Airbus Toulouse

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 130,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Description of the job

A CIFRE (PhD) position entitled "DESIGN OF AIRCRAFT ARCHITECTURE BY INTERPRETATION OF BODY MOVEMENTS (M/F/)" has just opened at Airbus (Commercial Aircraft), in Toulouse.
The doctoral student will be part of the development team of the ID Lab laboratory, and will take into account the definition of a set of gestures, which will allow users of virtual reality to design elements of aeronautical architecture through the movements of their bodies.
Captured by the virtual reality motion tracking system, these body movements will be transformed into requests, which will be sent to a CAD system, which will respond to said requests by proposing relevant geometries in the virtual reality scene.
The user will then have to select the correct geometry, install it in the aircraft and adjust its parameters and connections to the other components of the aircraft.
All these transactions must be carried out under the control of an artificial intelligence system, which will apply the design rules in force and improve them according to the results of users' decisions regarding the choice of geometries.

Tasks & accountabilities

You will be responsible for the following key activities:

  • state of the art: complete analysis of Airbus design methods and related advantages and disadvantages, complete analysis of possible design actions and existing or future motion tracking technologies
  • development of the design language materialized by body movements, and of the associated semantic and gestural database. Development of CAD semantic integration, development of artificial intelligence coaching system
  • application of demonstrator to three main use-cases, conclusions development

Business travels are possible (up to two per month) on the main Airbus sites in Europe and possibly a partner site. Therefore, you must be prepared to travel accordingly.

Required skills

You have the following experience and skills:

  • Holder of a Master 2 degree (Bac+5) in general engineering
  • Advanced knowledge in PLM, CAD, CAM and virtual reality
  • Knowledge of motion tracking solutions will be greatly appreciated.
  • Pack Office
  • Curiosity
  • Rigour / organisation
  • Tenacity
  • Strong interest in R & T activities and the Airbus Group
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to work in an intercultural team
  • Language skills: negotiation level in French and advanced in English


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Please apply online on our Careers website (, attaching your resume. and cover letter in English (if necessary).
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