Job offer: responsible for innovative projects

Missions

The proposed position consists of ensuring three sets of activities :

  • Engineering and project management in the “Cherçons pour Voir” laboratory, in collaboration with research laboratories, companies, professionals with visual impairments, and people with visual impairments.
  • IT infrastructure management and IT assistance to IJA professionals.
  • Technological monitoring and training of professionals on new technologies.

Context

“Cherchons pour Voir” is a joint laboratory between IRIT (Toulouse Institute for Computer Science Research, piloted by CNRS and the University of Toulouse) and CESDV-IJA (Center for Special Education for the Visually Impaired – IJA) . CPV’s goal is to create new assistive technologies for the visually impaired but also educational technologies for special education teachers. Some of these technologies are used in classrooms [1], deployed in events (for example the interactive tactile map for the Ramonville street festival), or transferred to private partners.

Activities

  • Engineering of research and innovation projects
    • Project management (writing, management, reporting)
    • Professional needs analysis
    • Watch over tenders
  • IT infrastructure management and user support
    • Develop and monitor the budget of an investment plan
    • Being in contact with the various providers
    • Manage IT and telephony equipment
    • Provide support to professionals and users
  • Services
    • Analyze a request and collect the needs necessary for its realization
    • Participate in writing the offer
    • Coordinate the delivery of the service in close collaboration with the IJA professionals (locomotion instructor, transcriptionist-document adapter, trainer, teacher, …)
  • Training
    • Train and support IJA teachers in the use of new tools from research projects
    • Create and run training sessions on these new tools for professionals with visual impairment in France
  • Scientific activities and technological watch
    • Design and evaluation of new assistance or educational tools
    • Technological monitoring of developments in the field
    • Report writing
    • Supervision of interns and doctoral students
  • Communication and scientific publications
    • Participation in the writing of professional and academic publications
    • Presentation of projects in national and international conferences and conferences
    • Create and lead events (workshops, conferences, etc.)
    • Management of “Cherchons pour voir” communication tools (website, twitter, lists, etc.)

Skills

  • Required
    • Expertise in project engineering and innovation
    • Good teamwork and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent written and oral communication
    • Knowledge of communication tools (web, Twitter, etc.)
    • Computer skills (Windows, MS Office, vector design, Android, etc.)
  • Desired
    • Knowledge of visual impairment and the professions of visual impairment
    • Knowledge of assistive technologies for the visually impaired
    • Rapid prototyping (3D printing, laser cutting, Arduino electronic boards, etc.)
    • Knowledge of participatory design and evaluation methods

Job

The position is a full-time permanent contract which can start at the earliest. The salary level will depend on the qualifications and seniority of the candidate. The main place of work is the CESDV-IJA, Toulouse.

Contact and application

Send a full CV with a cover letter to :

Disability, impairment, activity limitation, what this?

Common parlance generally speaks of “handicap”; but there is a difference between disability, impairment and other terms defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).

When a medical diagnosis is made, it is primarily a finding of impairment, according to the terminology adopted by the WHO. The deficiency (sensory in the case of vision) leads to activity limitations (inability to read letters that are too small, for example) and to participation restrictions (difficulty in taking an amphitheater course). Disability is the consequence of the impairment due to the situations in which the person with disabilities is placed. The importance of disability depends on the actions taken by our society to reduce it, but also on personal factors.

Here are the definitions proposed by the WHO in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health :

  • Deficiency: any loss of substance or alteration of a psychological, physiological or anatomical structure or function (biomedical aspect)
  • Activity Limitations: An activity limitation refers to the difficulty a person may encounter in carrying out an activity. An activity means the execution of a task or an action by a person.
  • Participation Restrictions: A participation restriction refers to the problem that a person may encounter to participate in a real situation. Participation is the act of taking part in a life situation.
  • Handicap: any limitation of activity or restriction of participation in society suffered in his environment by a person due to a substantial, lasting or definitive impairment of one or more physical, sensory, mental, cognitive or psychic functions, polyhandicap or a disabling health disorder.

It should be noted that you do not need to have a disability to be disabled! A young athlete with a plaster cast is handicapped if he has to go up to the sixth floor without a lift.