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Doctorate in engineering of protein/sugar interactions

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Français - Anglais

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General information

Reference : UPR5301-ANNIMB0-001
Workplace : GRENOBLE
Date of publication : Friday, November 30, 2018
Scientific Responsible name : Dr. Anne Imberty
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 March 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 1 768,55 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

The project is funded by the EEC project (Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN) focused on engineering protein-carbohydrate interactions for diagnostics and cell targeting (https://synbiocarb.science).
The research, which will be carried out at CERMAV-CNRS, Grenoble, France, revolves around the engineering of lectins in order to control their architectures, valency and binding sites. Novel lectins will be constructed by fusing β-propeller domains to carbohydrate-binding modules with different specificities. The neo-lectins and janus lectins will be characterized by biophysical methods (x-ray crystallography, SAXS, microcalorimetry, plasmon resonance surface). They will be adapted to the need of the other teams, as tools to characterize the surface of cells and of vesicles, or to associate them by cross-linking.
The successful candidate will participate in the network's training activities and work placements at the laboratories of the participating academic and industrial teams. Regular meetings and workshops within the EU-funded synBIOcarb International Training Network will supplement the training and support provided by CERMAV-CNRS.

Applicants should meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Have a Diploma and/or a Master Degree in Biochemistry or Structural Biology.
• Have less than 4 years research experience at the signature of the contract (measured from the time the Master's degree has been obtained).
• Not have a PhD already.
• Not have resided or carried out main activity in France for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to the reference recruitment date.
• Excellent knowledge of the English language (spoken and written)

Requeted documents as follows:
:
• Application letter with motivation
• Curriculum vitae
• 3 names for reference, with contact details
• Certificate of diploma
• Proofs of adequate mobility out of France

Work Context

The Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur les Macromolécules Végétales (Cermav, UPR 5301) is a basic research laboratory on glycoscience. The multidisciplinary approach, covering the specialties of chemistry, physicochemistry and biology, allows it to occupy today an important place, at the international level, in the key research areas of carbohydrates (sugars, oligo- and polysaccharides, glycopolymers and glycomaterials) , their synthesis, characterization, functions and applications in various fields of human health, new energies and materials of the future.

The team "Structural and Molecular Glycobiology", in which the project will be conducted, studies lectins and glycosyltransferases. The team includes about 15 people working on protein production and the biochemical and biophysical characterization of their interaction with carbohydrates


The salary indicated on the form is 1768.55 € (french basis) but since this is part of the H2020 program, the real salary will be 2814 € (corresponding to 2262 € after social security).

Additional Information

synBIOcarb is a major EU funded programme which brings together 14 leading European partners in a transnational network, implementing a multidisciplinary and intersectorial research and training programme between the academic and the industrial partners in the fields of synthetic glycobiology. synBIOcarb will provide a new generation of scientists with advanced scientific training in chemical synthesis, protein engineering, biophysics, cell biology and analytical device technologies that underpin the development and exploitation of glycoscience for diagnostics and targeted drug delivery

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