Call for candidates for a permanent CNRS‐funded Research Position in Biological Chemistry

We seek to recruit a dynamic young biological chemist to reinforce and expand our current programme of research into the biological and physical causes of isotope fractionation in metabolism and the environment. The successful candidate will join a research team recognized as a world‐leader in this domain: The EBSI (Studies of Biosynthesis by Isotopic Spectrometries) Group of the CEISAM Laboratory (University of Nantes/CNRS UMR6230). The role of this scientist will be to develop an original research program within the activities of the group encompassing position‐specific isotopic fractionation of deuterium and carbon in the environment, during metabolic pathways, during enzyme reactions and during plant and animal nutrition. Our aim is to understand the fundamentals of this process within these contexts, to model the system studied and to exploit our findings within the industrial framework. EBSI is exceptionally placed to pursue this objective, the team being composed of analytical and
biological chemists and NMR spectroscopists. Thus, methodological developments are uniquely combined with the needs to improve our capacity to measure isotope fractionation.

This post will be with the CNRS at the level of ‘Chargé de Recherche’ and will be open in December 2015 for competitive entry. The candidate must present an exceptional profile of established research with an excellent publication record. Their experience should be appropriate to the research program of the Group. Experience in isotope studies would be advantageous, but is not a requirement. Desirable skills include experience in natural product isolation, chromatographic techniques, and cell culture methods. The successful candidate should have a proven track record of working in a team environment.

The CNRS is an equal opportunities employer seeking to recruit both nationally and internationally. Competence in French is not a requirement for recruitment. The recruited researcher will benefit from the excellent collaborative atmosphere within the team, and will have access to a range of state‐of‐the art facilities and analytical instruments, including several high‐field NMR spectrometers (up to 700 MHz), isotope ratio monitoring MS (with EA and GC interfaces), GC‐MS, IR and UV spectrometers, a selection of HPLC and GC apparatus, an autonomous microbial fermentation facility (including a 7.5 L fermenter), an autonomous human cell culture facility.

Interest applicants should in the first instance contact Richard Robins (richard.robins@univnantes.fr) or Gérald Remaud (gerald.remaud@univ‐nantes.fr) with a CV and a short letter of motivation.

Further information about EBSI and CEISAM can be found at our website: http://www.sciences.univ-nantes.fr/CEISAM/