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Reference : UMR7590-NALLOR-011
Workplace : PARIS 05
Date of publication : Friday, January 17, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Technical / Administrative
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 March 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : The salary will range from 2470 euros to 3028 euros before tax, depending on prior work experience
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : Indifferent
The duties of the engineer will mostly center around 3 axes, the first two of these axes being of paramount importance for the CNRS-INSU national facility. The engineer will:
(1) manage the NanoSIMS instrument /facility including maintenance and development in close interaction with the manufacturer
(2) provide operational help to the users, establish technical aspects and implementation of science projects submitted to the facility
(3) develop personal projects aiming at promoting and preparing the facility for scientifically relevant evolutions
The hired engineer will ensure the instrumental maintenance and daily logistics of the NanoSIMS 50 instrument, of the rooms dedicated to the facility and of dedicated instruments required for sample handling, preparation and characterization. After one month training at CAMECA (the manufacturer of the NanoSIMS) in Gennevilliers, he will be capable of identifying the origin of most technical problems of the instrument. Interactions with CAMECA for technical help to solve these problems is an important part of the work. The engineer will therefore ensure constant and personalized interactions with the CAMECA after sales service. This activity is part of the warranty included in the annual service contract. In this framework, the hired engineer will settle without delay any failure or operation anomaly and, when necessary, will organize the on-site reception of CAMECA engineer in charge of technical interventions. This technical, logistic and administrative part of the work is a major task of the job and requires a good personal organization.
Beyond this maintenance task, the hired engineer will operate the instrument in the framework of CNRS-INSU national facility in association with another MNHN research engineer of the facility. He will also assist expert users of the laboratory for their analytical developments and their measurements. This analytical task will represent only a half-time activity, the other half being ensured by the second engineer. With a participation to the facility meetings, the engineer will participate to the scientific animation of the facility and will be committed to develop together with the other team members a pool of reference samples and analytical protocols useful to all users. These developments and the active participation to data acquisition and analysis will result in writing scientific publications.
Finally, the hired engineer will have the opportunity to undertake his own research activities. It is possible that beyond its irreducible service tasks, he may develop his own collaborative network in the main objective to introduce new expertise and scientific topics in the facility.
Identification of malfunctions of the instruments
Plan the use of the instruments and ensure their daily maintenance
Provide expertise or technical advises
Ensure training and supervision of users
Data analysis, validation and interpretation
Quality controls applied to chemical analysis
Mathematics and computer tools necessary to process data
Sample handling and preparation techniques
English level B2 to C1 (common European reference framework for languages)
Use of data processing softwares
Use computer to drive instruments and data acquisition
The Institut de Minéralogie, de Physique des Matériaux et de Cosmochimie (IMPMC) is a multidisciplinary institute for Physics, Earth Sciences and Biophysics/Bioinformatics, settled downtown Paris and belonging to Sorbonne University (SU) and to the National Museum of Natural history (MNHN). As a pioneering laboratory in mineralogy, physics and materials sciences, its strategy is centred around groundbreaking projects in condensed matter physics, Earth sciences and biology. Eleven research teams make up the Institute with the precious support of the “Cellule projet” (an engineering group), in charge of technical and instrumental developments, and of several analytical platforms. A large variety of studies relying on the use of and the technical developments on large facilities (synchrotron sources, XFEL, neutron sources, or laser induced shock experiments) are also led the different teams of the IMPMC.
The Institute also hosts the mineralogical collection of Sorbonne University on the Pierre et Marie Curie Campus and has tight connexions with the geology collections (minerals, rocks, meteorites) at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN).
In this context, the NanoSIMS, hosted at the Muséum is both a Museum platform and a national INSU-CNRS facility. Its access is granted to all Institute and Museum scientists but also to the whole French scientific community working on Earth sciences. In France, this instrument is the only one available to tackled scientific domains addressed by the different teams of the IMPMC and MNHN such as the study of extra-terrestrial matter, ancient rocks, mineralogy of the deep Earth, the environmental and climatic changes (past and current), the interactions between the biosphere and human activities. The NanoSIMS is managed by a team of several scientists (Researchers and Engineers) who have a worldwide acknowledged know-how in SIMS analyses, making this instrument one of the most productive one (qualitatively and quantitatively).
In terms of manpower, the IMPMC represents 42 professors and assistant professors (SU, MNHN), 33 researchers (CNRS, IRD), 35 ITA/IATSS (CNRS, SU, MNHN), about 95 non-staff people (PhD students, and post-doc fellows etc.) plus about 60 undergraduate students per years…
The administrative supervisor will be Guillaume fiquet
The hired engineer will be working full time
The position will be located at : IMPMC, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Site Buffon, 61 rue Buffon, Paris 05, France.
Constraints and risks
No specific constraints
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