Post-doc in Physical/Analytical Mass Spectrometry

Valérie Gabelica’s research group, IECB, Bordeaux, France

Our team develops new mass spectrometry approaches for biophysics. A 2-year post-doctoral position, funded jointly by the ANR and Merck Biodevelopment SAS, is available in the field of native ion mobility mass spectrometry. The main goal is to better understand what drives the charging process in electrospray, given that the charging influences the ion structure and thus the ion mobility measurements. Applications will range from artificial polymers to nucleic acids and protein therapeutics, in collaboration with industry. Besides mass spectrometry, other physical
properties of the solution will also be investigated experimentally (dynamic surface tension, surface/bulk analyte partitioning).

– Preferably trained as a chemist, you master core concepts in physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. Good understanding of fundamental mass spectrometry (esp. ionization mechanisms) is a big asset.
– Problem solver and experimentally skilled, you have a good feeling with advanced analytical instrumentation. You constantly seek to improve existing procedures or instruments.
– You are able to write clear manuscript drafts autonomously, and you like writing.
– IECB is an interdisciplinary institute hosting chemists and biologists. You are willing to communicate about your subject to researchers from other disciplines, as well as to the general public.
– You are sociable, honest, and commit to the highest standards in research ethics.

Up to 24-months full time post-doctoral contract, preferably for a candidate with 0-2 years of experience after PhD. Net salary (after taxes and social security contributions): 2045 EUR/month.
The position is available immediately, will be filled as soon as a suitable match is found, and in any case before October 2020. If you have not yet defended your PhD but plan to defend before October 2020, you are welcome to apply.

The IECB (Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie) is located in the vibrant city of Bordeaux, in the south-west of France. The IECB is an international institute and the working language is English.
The University of Bordeaux has a Welcome Center to help foreign researchers for administrative (visa, healthcare,…) and practical aspects of settling in Bordeaux.

Send a CV, name and email of 2-3 references, and a cover letter in which you can expose 2-3 previous achievements, explain how you envisage to contribute to the proposed research topic, and outline how this post-doc will contribute to your professional development.

Dr. Valérie Gabelica
Inserm Research Director (DR2)
Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie (IECB), 2 rue Robert Escarpit, 33607 Pessac, France., +33 (0) 5 4000 2940
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