Amir was part of the first cohort of the international master IMESS (formerly MISTRE), in 2018-19. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at ETS University in Montreal (Canada). He recalls his rewarding master experience.
The IMESS* Master program has been suggested to me by one of my professors. I was excited to enroll since it had two good qualities: good courses to prepare after graduation to look for good positions either in industry or in academia, and all this in one year. It was initially tough to handle all of it in one year, but fruitful in the end.
For IMESS* as far as I know and it was for our time, you don't get to work on a thesis. Instead, you have to get an internship. This internship would be up to the attendee: some like it to be in a research lab, and some would go to a company and pursue the industrial trend.
I would also mention Grenoble INP - Esisar itself being a good hub to get connected to companies or other universities. For starters, Grenoble INP-Esisar is the hosting place for CSAW, a cybersecurity event that happens every year and a good amount of people from industries and academia take part in it. You get to hear from companies you may want to work with in the future in this event. You also get to talk with professors who themselves are well connected to a community of researchers out there, so if you want more on the research part, you have plenty of great people to ask to give you guidance.
After a PhD in the LCIS lab (which is part of the school itself), I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at ETS University in Montreal. Before coming to this postdoc, I was working in a company. But it made me realize I am more inclined towards doing research. That’s why I pursued looking for a postdoc. I found it through searching on the Internet. Usually, we go through the list of Faculties and find the links to professors whose fields of research are interesting and related to our background knowledge and skills. A few interviews and discussions are required before a postdoc position is granted. Same was true for me for the position I have found right now.
As for the future, it is still not firmly set, but I love academia and want to do more research in my fields of interest while I am in academia.
My postdoc is not topic-based, as postdocs usually work on multiple subjects to help the advisor. But one of the topics I work on currently is called Federated Learning. My field of research currently would be a crossover of distributed computing on the edge, machine learning, and data privacy. I am not per se assigned to a lab, but I work as part of the Software and IT engineering department in ETS.
Date of update November 20, 2023