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ERC Starting grant PhD offer (H/F)

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General information

Reference : UMR6014-TATBES-007
Workplace : MONT ST AIGNAN
Date of publication : Monday, April 15, 2019
Scientific Responsible name : Tatiiana Besset
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

Nowadays, organofluorine chemistry is a research field of prime importance as fluorine-containing molecules are compounds of interest for agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and material science. Consequently, the quest for new methodologies to efficiently introduce various fluorinated groups to access a panel of original fluorine-containing building blocks renders this blooming research area very appealing for scientists. Besides, to face contemporary concerns, the development of eco-friendly transformations especially based on C-H bond activation is a timely topic. Recently, our research group, “Synthesis of fluorinated molecules” in Rouen, has successfully designed new fluorinated reagents and developed innovative transformations. Aiming at taking benefit from our in-home expertise and willing to push beyond the boundaries of knowledge in organofluorine chemistry and C-H bond activation, the development of new methodologies as well as modern synthetic tools with a strong emphasis on C-H bond functionalization will be envisioned and will constitute the cornerstone of such project.

Work Context

The PhD student will join the « Fluorinated Biomolecule synthesis” group (UMR 6014 COBRA-CNRS), headed by Professor Philippe Jubault. 6 researchers and professors are part of the group and about 20-22 PhD students and post-doctoral fellows are working in the group. The laboratory is located at IRCOF, Rouen (CNRS, Rouen University and Rouen INSA), France.
The PhD student will work with Dr. Tatiana Besset (Associate CNRS researcher, contact : Her work is dedicated to the development of new transition metal catalyzed functionalization of molecules by C-H bond activation and to the elaboration of original strategies for the synthesis of fluorinated molecules of interest.

Constraints and risks

Not appropriate

Additional Information

To support this research program, we are looking for outstanding and highly motivated candidates to pursue their PhD within our group. They will have a strong background in organic synthesis with excellent theoretical and experimental skills. A background in organofluorine chemistry is not mandatory. We are looking for dedicated, curious, hard worker and autonomous candidates. Moreover, the candidates should have good communication skills, a good team spirit and will take benefit from an international research environment.
Applications should be sent by e-mail to Dr. Tatiana Besset (CNRS Research Associate, Contact: and should include:
• A detailed CV including at least two referees, able to be contacted (Note that the recommendation letters must be directly sent from the referees to the contact person).
• A cover letter & a short research summary
• Engineer school and Master Research (2) grades

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