18 months starting September 2020

Post-doctoral position in organic chemistry/photo-bio-chemistry


Over the last decade, photothermal therapy (PTT) have attracted increasing attention as a potential alternative to classical ones. It involves both molecules or nanoparticles absorbing photons upon NIR irradiation and generating heat through non-radiative relaxation pathways.

In this context, applications are open for a postdoctoral fellowship position funded by the “FireLight” projet-FEDER – Photoactive molecules and nanoparticles. The position will be based at L2CM laboratory in Nancy (France). The research program will focus on the synthesis of calixarene derivatives and the characterization of the optical and photophysical properties of the resulting molecular self-assemblies and calixarene-MoS2 nanoparticles assembled systems. The project will also include photobiochemical characterization triggering anti-bacterial applications.

Skills/Qualifications: Candidates for this postdoctoral fellowship must hold a PhD degree in organic chemistry, preferably with experience in photobiochemistry. Creativity, autonomy and strong reliability are highly required. All applicants must be able to communicate fluently in French and/or English (speaking and writing). The position is available for a period of 18 months, starting from September 2020.

Selection process: Interested candidates should send a CV, a scientific track record, a motivation letter and two recommendation letters to:

Prof. Jean-Bernard Regnouf de Vains / Prof. Andreea Pasc

Contact: jean-bernard.regnouf@univ-lorraine.fr; andreea.pasc@univ-lorraine.fr

Application deadline 15 juin.

Prof. Andreea Pasc - Contacter
L2CM - Laboratoire Lorraine de Chimie Moléculaire
Université de Lorraine
Campus Aiguillette

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