2020-04 - Tenure track position - Junior Chair Position - Design and use of low carbon footprint materials for sustainable construction

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Tenure track position _ Junior Chair position - Design and use of low carbon footprint materials for sustainable constructionPatnership-based Junior Chair


The Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA, France), MATERR’UP and local authorities (Region Nouvelle Aquitaine and Communauté du Pays Basque) open one junior chair position in the framework of the Environment and Solution (E2S UPPA) multi-year growth plan. This chair is part of an industry-oriented project which intends to design, manufacture and test new sustainable geo-materials with low levels of embodied/operational energy and a reduced carbon footprint. It is carried out with an industrial partner, Materr’UP whose efforts have already resulted in the production of new sustainable construction materials.

Materr’UP produces self-placing concrete using a clay cement and materials extracted either from quarries or from construction sites to use it as structural material. Materr’UP as already filled 5 patents on this kind of materials, both on clay cement and concrete. Besides their environmental qualities (improved carbon footprint and renewable energy), those clay concretes have thermal (summer comfort), hygroscopic (evacuation of water vapor) and aesthetic performances. The chair activities will be dedicated to the conception and use of low carbon footprint materials for sustainable construction in close collaboration with this company.

In order to respect a sustainable development approach and to limit its environmental impact as much as possible, this material should integrate local renewable raw materials or secondary raw materials available in large quantities (recycling of wood, bio-waste, vegetable coproducts, etc.). In addition, its production shall be consuming the lowest possible amount of energy. To validate its performance, in addition to the assessment of the intrinsic properties of the material (strength and durability), the overall behavior of constructions where this type of material is implemented will be studied in particular regarding winter and summer comfort. Thus, the thermohydric behavior of the material will be studied. A major part of the project will focus on durability, and use of this material as structural material combined with reinforcements eventually



We seek for outstanding candidates excited by the opportunity to shape the future solutions for environment with a clear passion to make a difference for the future. Interest will be given to the overall originality and promise of the candidate's work and to the specialization. As the topic is supported by industrial partners and local authorities, candidates are encouraged to get into contact with the host laboratory and the partners to articulate the project around the potential future academic and industrial collaborations. The junior chair will be devoted to enhance research and teaching in the fields of environment and to establish and animate new international relations and partnerships. The candidate will be expected to teach in English at the graduate and undergraduate levels, to develop advanced graduate courses in his research specialty, as well as to develop a world-class research program with emphasis on Energy and Environment.

Junior Chair with Partnerships

A Junior chair is directed towards young promising researchers, typically with a research experience of 1-5 years after their Ph.D. The chair holder is expected to reach a level allowing successful application to ERC starting grant.

The start-up package to support the junior chair consists in the allocation of two PhD scholarships, two one-year post-doctoral fellowships, running costs and reduced teaching duties (64 hrs academic duty).

In the present case, teaching duties concern civil engineering, geotechnics and construction materials within the ISA BTP engineering school (master level).

E2S UPPA is committed to building a diverse educational environment in agreement with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. E2S UPPA is also committed to the compatibility of work and family lives. E2S UPPA will provide support through its Welcome Desk and facilitate career management.

Working conditions

Hosting Laboratory: This Junior Chair will be hosted by the SIAME laboratory that is a research unit located in Pau and Anglet, France. SIAME has got an extensive and highly competitive research program that encompasses fundamental research in thermal transfer, mechanics and electrical engineering. The chair holder will conduct research in the Geomaterial and Structures team located at Anglet. This team works on the topic of raw earth and sustainable construction materials under the supervision of Pr Gallipoli (currently visiting scholar at university of Genova) and Dr Perlot-Bascoulès

Industrial Partner: Materr’UP, industrial start up created in 2018, develops and produces innovative, high performance and low carbon concretes. These “green concretes” are alternatives to decarbonize the construction industry.  It is located in the South West of France, close by Hossegor. Two of the three founders of Materr’UP have a PhD (in Physics and Chemistry). The company was built on an innovative patented technology and there is a strong commitment for continuing innovation through research and development.

Localisation address: Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France

Starting date: September 2020 - or as otherwise agreed

Length: tenure track position of a period of 5 years
The selected candidate must have a proven experience in scientific research and will be recruited for a period of 5 years with a status of teacher-researcher (i.e. Lecturer).

Salary: monthly salary (before taxes) in accordance with that of an assistant professor (national grid)
Teaching would be limited to 64 hrs per year (academic duty).

Employer: Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA)


Criteria of selection of the candidate (without priority order)

  • The candidate's research and teaching projects
  • The candidate’s motivation
  • The candidate’s concern for the societal problematic related to low carbon footprint materials and his/her positioning to direct efforts toward the identification of original solutions for the use of such a material.
  • Outstanding scientific record (publications, patents, …)


Targeted profile and requirements

  • Applicants are expected to show outstanding commitment to research and teaching.
  • A maximum of 5 years of experience after PhD defence is desirable: The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than five years prior to the application deadline. The 5-year period can be extended on circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in trade unions, etc. In the ranking of qualified applicants, particular importance will be given to scientific excellence. If the PhD has been obtained at the UPPA, two years mobility away from the E2S UPPA consortium must be demonstrated.
  • The ability to work as part of a team and a positive attitude towards mobility. As the Junior Chair holder leads the project, a personality with a certain scientific maturity, able to freely share his/herown new insights and willing to learn new techniques and methods would be a perfect match.
  • The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English and have good communication skills.
  • Applicants who graduated from UPPA should attest of at least two years of research experience away from the consortium.



Application deadline: May 30th, 2020 (5 pm, Paris time).

Applications must be written in English and submitted via E2S UPPA's online application portal only! https://aap-e2s.univ-pau.fr

CAUTION! Applications received through any other mean will not be reviewed!


Required documents:

The application should include:

  • A cover letter (describing yourself, your research interests and why you are a suitable person for this position)
  • A detailed CV
  • Three to five references (name and contact email)
  • A statement of the director of the current laboratory on the adequacy of the proposed research activities with those conducted in the host institute
  • A stattement of research (i.e a 5 pages research project proposal within the research project described above) and teaching interests (1 page).
  • Two representative publications.

Preselected candidates will be invited for an oral interview by the selection committee.


For further information about the position, please contact: Professor Christian La Borderie by email at christian.laborderie @ univ-pau.fr

For further information and general questions or application assistance for the Junior Chair position, please contact Corinne Nardin: corinne.nardin @ univ-pau.fr