Synthesis and characterization of plastic nanoparticles for toxicological evaluations.
Plastic pollution is a major threat to the ecosystems. In the environment, plastic debris break down into smaller and smaller pieces. Plastic fragmentation leads to microscopic particles, down to the nanoscale. This project is financed by the French Sanitary Agency (ANSES). It is dedicated to the evaluation of the potential ecological consequences of nanoplastics in continental waters. Our approach consist in developing ecological tests close to environmental conditions. The goal of this post-doctoral position (16 months) will be to prepare and characterize plastic nanoparticles with characteristics closed to the one detected in the environment; especially the nature of the polymer, the particles size distribution, the particles shapes and state of oxidation… The ecological tests will be carried in collaboration with a laboratory partner of the project.
The candidate will have an initial training in physical-chemistry and skills in analytical chemistry. The candidate will have good communication skills in order to work in a multidisciplinary team (chemists and biologists). The post-doctoral position will be realized in Toulouse at the laboratory IMRCP and in Rennes at the laboratory Géoscience.
Send your application letter and resume by email to Alexandra ter Halle and Julien Gigault