2019-10- Postdoctoral position in Biochemistry

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What is E2S UPPA?

The consortium at the heart of the Energy Environment Solutions (E2S) project is composed of the University of Pau and the Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) and two national research organisations, National Institute...

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Postdoctoral positionTemporary Postdoctoral position in Biochemistry


Recently, UPPA was nominated in the second Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir I-SITE (Initiatives Science Innovation, Territoires, Economie) with the project Energy Environment Solutions (E2S).
To become an attractive international reference in research in these two fields, E2S UPPA has implemented different research tools, including scientific research chairs: ‘Chaires d’Excellence Partenariales’.
The proposed position is in the framework of one of these chairs: MANTA - Marine Materials (https://e2s-uppa.eu/en/research/chairs-ofexcellence/manta-marine-materials.html).

MANTA combines different disciplines like Biotechnology, Ecology, Chemistry and Material Sciences, and, thematically, involves key areas namely marine by-product and resources valorization, marine bio-inspiration and bio-mimetic materials, littoral environment and water, public health and research & innovation.
More specifically, the main objective of MANTA is to mimic remarkable phenomena and hierarchical structures
observed in the aquatic environment, to design functional and environmentally sustainable (bio)materials based on marine molecules and assess their impact on human health and marine ecosystems. Public and private institutions/partners fund MANTA namely E2S UPPA, CAPB, RNA, CIDPMEM through a DLAL project, Laboratoires de Biarritz and Lees.


Position ans assignments

The position includes research and teaching duties (64h/year). The position will also include international travel to conferences and meetings with partners/collaborators.

From a scientific perspective, this position involves biochemical methods to address the problematic of biomolecules extraction, purification and modification. In particular, enzymatic treatments will be used to improve efficiency and selectivity of the extraction and modification of structurally complex marine molecules.

These approaches will allow accessing to bioactive compounds and providing blocks for hemisynthesis of novel valuable products. We want to characterize the ensuing products using different analytical methods, optical and magnetic spectroscopies, mass spectrometry, diffraction methods, imaging and biochemical characterization.


Working conditions

Hosting laboratory: IPREM, UMR CNRS 5254, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour
IPREM is a joint Research Unit CNRS/UPPA (UMR 5254) in France. IPREM has an extensive and highly competitive research program that comprises the development of fundamental knowledge in physicochemistry, analytical chemistry and microbiology, in relation to applications concerning the structure of the living, the management of the environment and the functional properties of different classes of materials.

MANTA research team: PI (Susana Fernandes), 3 PhD students, 1 Post-doc

Localisation address: IPREM, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Pau, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Starting period: January/February 2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Duration: one year (full-time temporary position ending January/February 2021.)

Gross salary range: 2960 €/month (which includes extra gratification for teaching duties – 64h)

Funding: This postdoc position is funded by the project E2S UPPA (Energy Environment Solutions) which has a core scientific domain focused on Environment and Energy to meet challenges related to the energy transition, geo-resources, aquatic habitats and the environmental effects of natural and anthropogenic changes.



To be eligible for the research employment, the candidate must hold a PhD degree in Enzymology, Microbial and Enzymatic Engineering, Biochemistry or similar disciplines, and a large part of the applicant PhD project should have been focused on the characterization and engineering of enzymatic mechanisms for the synthesis and/or functionalization of biopolymers with controlled properties.

Extensive experience in experimental research in molecular and structural biology; biocatalysis: expression, purification and structural characterization of proteins; protein-ligand interaction analyses.

The ranking will also accord weight to the candidates assessed competence in ability to interact effectively in a multi-disciplinary research environment.

The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English.


Additional qualifications

Importance will also be placed on personal skills.
In this case, we place particular weight on the ability to work as part of a team and a positive attitude towards mobility. Indeed, the applicant will be responsible for a part of a larger project, and the ability to work independently and to take responsibility will be required.


Application procedure

A person with a PhD obtained not more than four years before the end of the application period is particularly eligible for the position.

Applications must be sent as a single pdf file and submitted by email to Susana Fernandes: susana.fernandes @ univ-pau.fr

They must include:

  • a CV (max 2 pages)
  • a copy of the candidate's PhD thesis diploma
  • a motivation letter describing the applicant’s previous research experience and how it is related to the present position (one, or maximum two pages)
  • two reference letters
  • contact details of at least two relevant professionals who can provide a reference letter based on request

The application can be written in English.


Evaluation and selection process

The application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Appropriate education and work/research in related fields.
  • Candidate's motivation, knowledge, scientific maturity and curiosity.
  • Emphasis will also be placed on personal skills.

Selection process:

  1. Evaluation of the candidates’ application.
  2. If selected, the candidate will have 15 min to present her/his CV and project. The presentation will be followed by questions/discussion.


Application deadline

Please submit your application to Susana Fernandes: susana.fernandes @ univ-pau.fr before November 29th, 2019, mentioning [Postdoc] in the subject of your email.

More info on Susana Fernandes is available here.