Description: The Institute Charles Gerhardt (ICGM, Institute for Molecular Chemistry and Material Sciences) in Montpellier (France) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for an 18 month fellowship within the MACS team (https://www.icgm.fr/en/macs-homepage). The research project is funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR FORAGE) and supervised by B. Alonso (DR CNRS) and E. Belamie (DE EPHE). The recruited postdoc fellow will be in charge of the development of functional mesoporous material. He/she will investigate enzyme entrapment strategies and perform enzymatic evaluation of the encapsulated enzymes (kinetics, stability, release…). For the applicative side of the project towards innovative fertilizers, the postdoctoral fellow will collaborate with other partners to optimize the synthesis conditions for production upscaling and granulate preparation. Besides, the postdoctoral fellow will participate to a preliminary 31P NMR study on the occurence and interactions of organic P compounds (Na-Glucose-6P or Na-phytate) in soils. We are seeking a candidate with a PhD degree in materials chemistry, with skills in sol-gel chemistry, the synthesis and processing of hybrid and mesoporous materials. A good experience in the main characterization techniques for these materials such as solid-state NMR spectroscopy, nitrogen sorption and X-ray diffraction is also required.
Localization : Most of the experimental work will be performed in the experimental building of the MACS team (104 rue de la Galéra, Montpellier) and the technical platforms of ICGM, in collaboration with academic partners at INRA research units UMR Eco&Sols and IATE (Montpellier).
Duration : 18 months.
Start : The earliest possible start date is November 1st 2018.
Salary : ~2000-2500 €/month depending on experience.
Contacts : Emmanuel Belamie : +33 467 163 444 / Emmanuel.Belamie@enscm.fr Bruno Alonso : +33 467 163 443 / Bruno.Alonso@enscm.fr