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Post-doctoral position (post profile) at MIO laboratory in Marseille in southern France

Deadline : February 21th, 2016

We invite applications for a Researcher in organic chemistry to work on a JPI-UE funded project (PLASTOX) that will study microplastic (MP) dynamic in marine waters. The position focus on MP-associated phthalate and is based at the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO) which is located in a Marseille-Luminy campus of the University of Aix-Marseille, in southern France. The MIO Oceanography research laboratory is under the joint direction of Aix-Marseille University, Toulon University, CNRS and IRD. Our goal is to better understand the oceanic system and its evolution in response to global changes. MIO constitutes a center of expertise in marine biology, ecology, biodiversity, microbiology, physics, chemistry and biogeochemistry. Our working environment is the world ocean, along with its continental, atmospheric and sediment interfaces. MIO includes 200 people about one hundred University professors and associate professors as well as researchers (CNRS, IRD), sixty engineers and technicians, around fifty doctoral students as well as an administrative team supporting research.

The post will involve studies related to phthalate adsorption/desorption on MPs and transfer of these molecules in the marine trophic chain in laboratory controlled experiments. These will include analysis of phthalates in marine, fresh waters and biota by using gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC/MS) technique. You will be an experienced researcher with expertise in marine organic geochemistry. You should possess a higher research degree in a relevant scientific field ; have experience in the chemical analysis of environmental samples (seawater, freshwater, atmosphere and/or sediments).

The post is a 2-year, fixed–term position and is available from 1 March 2016. The monthly net salary will be in the range of 2000-2400 €. Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr. Richard Sempéré and Dr. Christos Panagiotopoulos. Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.

Application Procedure

You should send your application including CV and references for to Richard Sempéré. The application deadline will be February 21th, 2016. If you need any assistance, please call Richard Sempéré on +33-(0)4-86-09-05-88.

Required experience

The ideal candidate will be a chemist with a PhD in Chemistry/Environmental Chemistry with an experience on biogeochemistry. Strong competences on environmental analysis at trace and ultra-trace levels of organic compounds are required, mostly on gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC/MS) techniques. Moreover, due to the international foreseen collaborations, the candidate should be used to work in international environments with good knowledge of English.