2018-04-Postdoctoral position Subject : Physico-chemical characterization of nanoplastics by means of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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Postdoctoral position Subject : Physico-chemical characterization of nanoplastics by means of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

Subject: Physico-chemical characterization of nanoplastics by means of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

Funding: E2S scientific challenges project from the university of “Pau et des Pays de l’Adour” UPPA

Laboratory: UMR5254 CNRS-UPPA IPREM -Pau, France.

Starting Date: Avril 1st 2018

Duration: 1 year

Gross salary: 34 k€ / year (which includes extra gratification for teaching duties – 64h)

Scientific background / Project

Nanoplastics (NPs) are emerging pollutants that can affect the marine environment. The European Union has acknowledged this problem and the need of better monitoring the occurrence of NPs in the oceans. However, up to now, there is little or no monitoring data on the occurrence of this kind of pollution, since its investigation is hampered by the lack of methods able to identify and quantify nano-sized plastics in the environment.

This postdoc is intended to fill this gap and developed new analytical tools for the characterization and identification of model and environmental polymer nanoparticles. An innovative analytical methodology based on the established technique of single particle ICPMS will be developed as a result of this postdoc. Besides, asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation (A4F) coupled to different detectors (RI-UV-MALS-ICPMS) will be used in combination with SP-ICPMS to provide complementary information. The work has a strong interdisciplinary character, since it will include collaborations with polymer chemists and physic-chemists.

Responsibilities will also include teaching sections at the graduate and undergraduate levels of an existing course at the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour.

Keywords: nanoplastics, analytical methods, mass spectroscopy.

Applicant‘s profile

  • PhD in Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Previous experience in ICP-MS and separation techniques coupled to ICPMS and spectroscopy techniques. The experience in single particle ICPMS and A4F will be positively valued.
  • Previous experience in the characterization of nanoparticles
  • Advanced knowledge of English is required and knowledge of French would be a plus
  • Experience in collaboration with other specialists
  • At least one stay out of the lab where the PhD was obtained (stays abroad will be positively valued)

Application will include (in a single pdf file)

  • A motivation letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A short summary of your past research (2 pages maximum)
  • Contact details of three referees

Selection of candidate will be ensured by a scientific comity of the University of Pau.

Application must be send to the following email address with the title “Post-doctoral application”: stephanie.reynaud @ univ-pau.fr and joanna.szpunar@univ-pau.fr

Application deadline

26th of February 2018

References

“Single particle ICP-MS characterization of platinum nanoparticles uptake and bioaccumulation by Lepidium sativum and Sinapis alba plants.” Jimenez-Lamana, J.; Wojcieszek, J.; Jakubiak, M.; Asztemborska, M.; Szpunar, J., J. Anal. At. Spectrom. 31 , 2321-2329, 2017.

"Measurement Bias on Nanoparticle Size Characterization by Asymmetric Flow Field-Flow Fractionation Using Dynamic Light-Scattering Detection", Gigault, J., Mignard, E., El Hadri, H. and Grassl, B., Chromatographia, 80, 287-294, 2017.

"Asymmetrical flow field flow fractionation methods to characterize submicron particles: application to carbon-based aggregates and nanoplastics", Gigault*, J., El Hadri, H., Reynaud, S., Deniau, E. and Grassl, B., Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 409, 6761-6769, 2017.

"Nano-litter from cigarette butts: Environmental implications and urgent consideration", Chevalier, Q., El Hadri, H., Petitjean, P., Bouhnik-Le Coza, M., Reynaud, S., Grassl, B. and Gigault, J., Chemosphere, 194, 125–130, 2018.

"Current opinion: What is a nanoplastic?", Gigault, J., Halle, A. t., Baudrimont, M., Pascal, P.-Y., Gauffre, F., Phi, T.-L., El Hadri, H., Grassl, B. and Reynaud, S., Environmental Pollution, 2018.