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Reference : UPR5301-ISACAL-053
Workplace : GRENOBLE
Date of publication : Thursday, November 28, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 8 months
Expected date of employment : 1 January 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2617.05 € and 3729.53 € gross monthly following experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
The postdoctoral researcher will work on the design of stimuli-responsive hydrogel actuators with programmed multi-shape (self-folding/self-rolling devices) from polymer bilayers or patterned hydrogel films. Designing such hydrogel actuators is currently a highly challenging task in the material science field. The originality of this project lies in the use of supramolecular complexes of which the versatility should open the opportunity to control both the magnitude and kinetics of actuating mechanisms. These smart hydrogel platforms, that will be able to respond to various stimuli (redox, pH, temperature), will be constructed by attaching specially designed hydrophobic guest units on the hydrogel network in a spatially controlled manner. Their interaction with suitable host molecules will be then exploited to promote a dramatically localized swelling of hydrogel sheets, resulting in their folding or rolling.
In close collaboration with the UMET (Université de Lille - CNRS UMR 8207) in charge of the synthesis of precursors, the post-doctoral fellow will synthesize polymer bilayers and composite patterned thin hydrogel films and investigate their self-bending/self-rolling properties.
Requirements : The ideal candidate will have:
- a PhD in physical-chemistry in the research areas of Polymers, Soft Matter;
- strong experience in the design and characterization of polymeric materials;
- ability to work independently and collaboratively in a highly interdisciplinary group;
- ability to properly report, organize and publish research data.
CERMAV/CNRS is a fundamental research center devoted to glycosciences, with strong and multidisciplinary expertise that spans from chemistry, physical-chemistry, biology to material sciences. It covers all the areas related to oligosaccharides, polysaccharides, glycoproteins and glycomaterials: their in vivo and in vitro synthesis, their characterization, functions and applications to answer to major societal challenges in the fields of human health, emerging energies and materials for new technologies
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