PhD in molecular biophysics / material science

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    04/04/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Not funded by an EU programme
    France, Paris
    Sorbonne University
    Laboratory of Surface Chemistry

Our research group at is actively seeking a PhD candidate for a research project on encapsulation of a photoactivable protein, Orange Carotenoid Protein, in silica mesoporous matrices, under the supervision of Dr Alberto Mezzetti. The project is at the interface between molecular biophysics and material science, and it will be developed at the Surface Reactivity laboratory (”Laboratoire de Réactivité de Surface” LRS UMR 7197, Mixed unit with French CNRS) of Sorbonne University, Paris, located in the center of the town. The project will be developed in close collaboration with Prof. Jean-François Lambert (LRS, Sorbonne University) and Dr Diana Kirilovsky, Institute of Integrative Biology, University Paris-Saclay, France. 

Salary is around 1400 euros net /month, which can be complemented (~150 euros/month) with some teaching to be delivered in French. Some funding for lodging (depending on the rent) is also provided by the French State. Starting date is October 1st, 2019. The candidate should be in possess of a M.Sc or equivalent for that date.


Candidature should arrive to alberto.mezzetti@upmc.fr as soon as possible, and in any case no later than ***April 3th, 2019***. After a first selection and an informal interview (e.g. by skype), the pre-selected candidate will have to undertake a formal interview by the board of teachers of the doctoral school in physical chemistry of materials at Sorbonne University on May 16 or 17 , 2019.

Interviews normally take place in Paris, but some exceptions may be considered for candidates applying from outside western Europe or in special cases.

The ideal candidate is highly motivated physical chemist with strong interest in molecular biophysics, and some experience on interactions between protein or peptides and inorganic surfaces. 


Knowledge of vibrational spectroscopy and/or nano/mesoporous materials is a plus.


Knowledge of English is mandatory. Knowledge of French is not necessary but it is a plus. 

NB: Only candidates with a background in chemistry, physics, material science or related disciplines will be considered.

The name of two references (one of which should be the Master's thesis supervisor) are required.

LRS lab has a long-standing tradition in studying biomolecules at solid surfaces. Sorbonne University is n.1 in France and n. 36 in the world according to the Shangai ranking 2018.

Please, spread the info as much as possible. 


Alberto Mezzetti, PhD 

Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry 

Laboratory of Surface Reactivity UMR 7197 

Sorbonne University

Paris, France



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