Junior Research Scientist in Biobased functional materials

44000 NANTES

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The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (INRAE) is a public research establishment under the dual authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Research.

INRAE is recruiting researchers by open competition and offering permanent position.

It is a major player in research and innovation created on 1st of January 2020. INRAE is a research institute resulting from the merger of INRA and IRSTEA. It is a community of 12,000 people with more than 200 research units and 42 experimental units located throughout France.

The institute is among the world leaders in agricultural and food sciences, in plant and animal sciences, and is 11th in the world in ecology and environment. INRAE’s main goal is to be a key player in the transitions necessary to address major global challenges. In the face of the increase in population, climate change, scarcity of resources and decline in biodiversity, the institute develops solutions for multiperformance agriculture, high quality food and sustainable management of resources and ecosystems.

Work environment, missions and activities

The BIA unit is internationally recognized for its expertise in the fields of biopolymer extraction, purification, characterization and use in food matrices or biobased materials.
The NANO team studies biopolymeric assemblies, devising strategies to create structures such as emulsions, foams, liquid crystals, and complex formulations formed from polysaccharide nanoparticles, mainly nanocelluloses. Developing both fundamental and applied research, the NANO team targets the creation of functional materials displaying properties such as interfacial property, conductivity, barrier properties, photocatalytic properties, etc. Currently, research on the functionalization of nanocelluloses is the focus of intense international research that aims to devise new, smart materials. To deploy functionalized nanoparticles in materials, considerable efforts need to be focused on the characterization of structure-function relationships within these, aiming at reaching relevant properties (e.g. mechanical, conductive, insulating and magnetic properties).
To develop your research on smart nano-based materials, you will benefit from the scientifically rich environment offered by the BIA unit. You will have access to expertise in biomass fractionation and specific functionalization (e.g. using enzymes) and in-house knowledge related to the synthesis of hybrid nanostructures (e.g. associations involving carbon nanotubes, TiO2, Ag, etc.). You will also benefit from the local expertise in the areas of biopolymer self-assembly and/or process-induced structuring to control the hierarchical structure of materials from the nanoscale to the micro/macroscopic scale. Through your research you will be expected to generate new detailed understanding of structure-function relationships in nanoparticles and their assemblies when under usage conditions. Using this knowledge, you will devise a modelling approach to define innovative pathways to new sustainable functional materials.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

This competition is open to candidates with a doctoral degree (or equivalent).
You are a specialist of biopolymers  with a strong background in polymer physicochemistry or in materials science.
Proficiency in English is required as well as long-term international experience: successful candidates who have not yet had one will have to stay abroad at the end of the year of internship.

INRAE's life quality

By joining our teams, you benefit from:

- 30 days of annual leave + 15 days "Reduction of Working Time" (for a full time);
- parenting support: CESU childcare, leisure services;
- skills development systems: training, career advise;
- social support: advice and listening, social assistance and loans;
- holiday and leisure services: holiday vouchers, accommodation at preferential rates;
sports and cultural activities;
- collective catering.

Offer reference

  • Profile number: CR-2021-TRANSFORM-4
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 30

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