OFFER DEADLINE03/10/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMENot funded by an EU programme
ORGANISATION/COMPANYIFREMER - Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la MER
The recruiting department
The Laboratory of Biogeochemistry of Organic Contaminants (LBCO) is one of the three thematic laboratories of the Biogeochemistry and Ecotoxicology Unit (BE) within the Biological Resources and Environment Department (RBE). The objectives of the LBCO is to contribute to the acquisition of knowledge on the biogeochemical behavior of Hydrophobic Organic Contaminants (HOCs) in the marine environment, with a particular focus on the processes controlling their transfer and fate in the food chain. The Laboratory also has the mission to lead the observation of this chemical contamination, to contribute to expertise and advice in this field, whilst perfecting its research and monitoring tools. The LBCO conducts an activity which combines the study of bioaccumulation processes and transfers from abiotic to biotic compartments, within organisms and populations and in marine food webs. It also contributes to studies on monitoring organic contaminants (WFD, MSFD, OSPAR, MEDPOL) for the
protection of marine environments.
Under the hierarchical responsibility of the Head of the Laboratory, and in close collaboration with other research scientists of the LBCO team and of the Biogeochemistry and Ecotoxicolgy Unit, he/she will contribute to the various missions of the Laboratory, and will conduct research in the field of biogeochemistry of historical and emerging organic contaminants in the marine environment.
General areas of responsibility
The research developed by the scientist will aim, in particular, at understanding and identifying the processes of transfer of HOCs from abiotic compartments to marine organisms (distribution, exposure
research on the biogeochemistry of historical HOCs and of emerging
concern in the marine environment, particularly on (bio)availability
- Contribute to a better understanding of the processes
governing the transfer of HOCs from aquatic (dissolved and particulate)
and sediment compartments to marine organisms and their bioaccumulation.
proactive in the activities carried out on integrative passive samplers
(PSs) for HOCs, both in the context of research projects and in support
of public authorities (e.g. within the Aquaref consortium). Beyond a
measurement tool, PSs can be explored for the determination of
bioavailability in the sedimentary compartment, or, coupled with an
effect-directed analysis approach (EDA), to study the link between
pressures from COHs (abiotic environment and organisms) and effects
- Contribute to missions of expertise and support
to the public authorities relating to the observation and the
environmental impact of dangerous substances of anthropic origin in the
marine environment. These activities are carried out, within the BE
Unit, in collaboration with the Chemical Risk Analysis Unit, the
scientific pilot of Descriptor 8 "Contaminants in the marine
environment" of the MSFD and the coordination cell of the National
Network of Observation of Chemical Contamination (French Mussel Watch).
- Develop research projects with national and international partners (especially European projects).
- Publish scientific articles.
- Supervise doctoral and post-doctoral students.
Collaborative work environment
- Internal collaborative relationship
Unit (thematic laboratories and operational cells) and other Ifremer
Units within the RBE Department, as well as with other Departments of
the institute (for example the coastal units of the Oceanography and
Dynamics of Ecosystems Department, the Research and Technological
- External collaborative relationship
other research institutes and networks at the regional, national and
international levels, such as Laberca (ONIRIS Nantes), University of
Nantes, Labex COTE, Aquaref consortium, GDR "Polymers and Oceans", the
NORMAN European network (emerging contaminants), the OSPAR / ICES groups
- PhD in environmental chemistry or marine chemistry with competence in analytical chemistry.
- Post-doctoral experience.
- Experience in conducting multi-disciplinary national and international projects: appreciated.
- Experience in conducting experiments under controlled conditions desired.
Required knowledge, skills and characteristics
- Knowledge, skills and abilities
- Biogeochemistry of organic contaminants and/or marine chemistry and oceanography
- Analytical chemistry of organic contaminants (GC-MS, -MS:MS, HRMS, LC-MS/MS)
- Passive Sampling for Organic Contaminants (Technique and Process Understanding)
- Method for investigation of broad-spectrum OC
- Ability to work at sea and availability for sampling campaigns at sea
- Capabilities for project coordination
- Writing skills.
- Human qualities
- Organization, rigor and method, dynamism
- Ability to integrate and evolve in a multidisciplinary environment
- Ability to work as part of a team and independently
Full time job,
Embarkation at sea.
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