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Ifremer - French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea
Research Scientist in Chemistry of Organic Contaminants in the Marine Environment
Ifremer - French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea
Ifremer, through its research work and expert advice, contributes to knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities.
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Application deadline: Mar 20
Location: Nantes, France
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Research Scientist in Chemistry of Organic Contaminants in the Marine Environment

Reference:  PV-2019-061

Department/Office:  Département des Ressources Biologiques et Environnement

Unité de recherche Biogéochimie et Ecotoxicologie

Laboratoire des Contaminants Organiques

Duty station:  Nantes, Pays de la Loire, FR, France

Starting date on the job:

Deadline for applications: 20/03/2019

The Institute and the recruiting department 

French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, Ifremer, through its research work and expert advice, contributes to knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities. To these ends, Ifremer conceives and operates tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring, and manage the oceanographic databases.

Created in 1984, Ifremer is a French public institute of an industrial and commercial nature. It is supervised jointly by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs.

Ifremer undertakes research missions, offers expert advice and acts as a funding agency.

Ifremer performs targeted applied research to address the questions posed by society (climate change effects, marine biodiversity, pollution prevention, seafood quality etc.). Results include scientific knowledge, technological innovations, and systems for ocean observation and exploration. Partnerships may be public, private or a combination of the two.

Ifremer works in a network with the French scientific community, also collaborating with international partner organizations, in the frame of several national and international projects, including contractual activities.

Description of the offer:

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 pathways, bioavailability).

Principal activities

  • Develop research on the biogeochemistry of historical HOCs and of emerging concern in the marine environment, particularly on (bio)availability aspects. Emerging thematics, such as marine renewable energies whose potential impact on the contamination of the marine environment remains to be studied, will be given special attention.
  • 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
  • Study the link between the pressures exerted by the HOCs and the effects, for example using an effect-directed analysis (EDA) approach in collaboration with the ecotoxicology laboratory (LEX) of the BE unit in particular.
  • 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).
  • Be proactive in the context of the activities carried out on integrative passive samplers (PSs) for HOCs within the Aquaref consortium and the Norman network;
  • Develop research projects with national and international partners (especially European projects);
  • Publish scientific articles;
  • Supervise doctoral and post-doctoral students.

Collaborative work environment

Maintaining and developing active national and international collaborations will be critical to the implementation of this research.

  • Internal collaborative relationship

BE 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 Developments Unit -- from the REM Department).

  • External collaborative relationship

Universities, 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 and MEDPOL.

Profil recherché

  • PhD in environmental chemistry or marine chemistry with competence in analytical chemistry;
  • Post-doctoral experience;
  • Experience in conducting multi-disciplinary national and international projects;
  • Experience in organizing and participating in oceanographic campaigns
  • Good network of national and international collaborations.

Required knowledge, skills and characteristics

  • Knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Biogeochemistry of organic contaminants
  • 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)
  • Experience in experiments under controlled conditions
  • Ability to work at sea and availability for sampling campaigns at sea
  • Capabilities for project coordination
  • English
  • French
  • 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.

How to apply for this position

Deadline for applications: 20/03/2019

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