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Postdoctoral fellowship M/F at IMPMC: study of organic matter in carbonaceous chondrites

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General information

Reference : UMR7590-LAUREM-003
Workplace : PARIS 05
Date of publication : Friday, September 27, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 24 months
Expected date of employment : 1 November 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 3100 and 3840 euros before tax and per month, depending on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years


The successful applicant will study the origin and evolution of organic molecules detected small bodies of the Solar System. To that end, he/she will specifically investigate the chemical and isotopic properties of complex macromolecules within carbonaceous chondrites. Likewise, the successful candidate will be in charge of developing an experimental approach to assess the evolution of organics in hydrothermal conditions.


- Extraction and isolation of organic matter from chondrites
- Development of an integrated multi-technique approach for molecular characterization of organic matter from various chondrites.
- Measurement of isotopes composition using gas source mass spectrometry and/or NanoSIMS
- Establishment of an experimental protocol for the study of organic reactions in hydrothermal context.
- redaction of applications to international curation facilities to obtain new chondrite samples
- Production of high-quality research papers
- Presentation of scientific results to international conferences
- Promotion of both internal and external collaborations.
- Help for supervision of graduate students (Master or PhD).
- Contribution to the scientific activity within the team.


- Expertise on meteorites, and particularly on chondrites.
- Expertise on characterization of natural organic matter (mass spectroscopy or mass spectrometry).
- Expert knowledge on isotope ratio measurement of hydrogen, nitrogen and carbon.
- Knowledge in laboratory experiments to reproduce conditions of the early Solar System.
- Ability to conduct independent high quality research.
- Good ability for team work.
-Good oral and written communication skills.
- Creativity.

Work Context

The research will take place at Institut de Minéralogie, de Physique des Matériaux et de Cosmochimie, UMR between Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Sorbonne Université and Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. IMPMC is a pluridisciplinary departement where research relies on the combination of approaches from material science, Earth science and biology. These are the three main components of the department.
The successful applicant will join the ROCKS team; the investigation of the processes at play in the evolution and preservation of organic matter in rocks during geological processes constitutes one of the main topics of the team.
This fellowship is funded by the ERC CoG HYDROMA (PI Laurent Remusat). This project intends to investigate interactions between organic matter, minerals and fluids during hydrothermal events that occurred on carbonaceous asteroids.

Constraints and risks

The position will be located at IMPMC, both at Buffon site (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle) and Jussieu site (Sorbonne Université). The position will involve trips in France and abroad, to ensure collaborations with distant scientific teams and facilities. Several trips abroad, for attending to international conferences and workshops are planned
The position will require manipulation of chemicals, as well as carrying out medium-pressure experiments. IMPMC is equiped with all the required safety devices and equipment.

Additional Information

The fellowship may be extended for 12 additional months.
The HYDROMA project, funded under the framework of ERC consolidator grant, deals with the investigation of processes that influenced the formation and evolution of organic matter on asteroids, during the formation of the solar system.

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