Postdoc Position in Mass Spectrometry, University of Lille-PhLAM laboratory, France

The ANATRAC research group (MPI Team) at the PhLAM laboratory, University of Lille, France invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in Mass Spectrometry, with applications in environmental sciences.

The appointment period is initially for 13 months (starting September 1st 2022), but can be renewed annually based on availability of funds and satisfactory progress.

Research Context: Mass Spectrometry (MS) has widespread applications in surface science. MS can be adapted and tuned to the specificity required by the large variety of samples encountered in material or environmental science for instance, and, in the meantime, be extremely sensitive even when applied to only scarce quantities of sample. Among the most common vacuum-based MS techniques featuring these advantages is Two-step Laser Mass Spectrometry (L2MS). The ANATRAC research group has gained extensive expertise in characterizing the physico-chemical properties of carbonaceous surfaces, ices, aerosols, and meteorites by developing a state-of-the-art high-resolution (HR)-L2MS technique and comprehensive data analysis protocols over the past 15 years.

Primary Job Duties: The prime directive of the present project is to perform chemical characterizations of several surfaces of environmental interest (microplastics, environmental residues,… ) using a custom Time of Flight (ToF) mass spectrometer instrument coupled to a laser desorption/ionization technique. Various ionization schemes developed in our laboratory will be tested, including VUV sources. Advanced statistical analyses can be applied to extract compositional information after species identification. To a lesser extent, complementary analyses can be performed via micro-Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). In addition, chemical mapping may be performed on inhomogeneous samples using either the mapping capability of our HR-L2MS instrument or a Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) instrument available on campus.

Requirements and Application Procedure: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Physics, or related fields and demonstrate a strong interest in experimental work. Hands-on experience of mass spectrometry is required. Solid communication skills in English (written, oral), a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals, and willingness to work in a team are mandatory. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their capability to prepare manuscripts for publication in an independent manner. Salary is commensurate with experience, gross salary ranges from 2 690,43 € à 3 099,75 €/month for early-stage researchers.

Please send electronically a letter of interest, CV, and publication list to both Dr. Ziskind ( and Dr. Pirim ( Review of applications will start as soon as possible. Interviews will be conducted as soon as possible and will continue until the position is filled. The starting date can be as early as September 2022 but can reasonably be delayed upon request or for administrative reasons.

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