2 PhD Positions Fluorescence Microscopy on Soft Materials (MultiSMART Doctoral Network)

Talence, France
07 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
15 May 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

We seek 2 outstanding Doctoral Candidates (PhD students) to develop Fluorescence Microscopy for the study of multi-component soft materials, including super-resolution and single molecule microscopy techniques (details below). The Doctoral Candidate (DC) will be hired within the Doctoral Network MultiSMART, composed of 6 Universities, 1 Research Institute and 3 Private Sector partners (from France, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom) who will hire 11 PhD students in total. The DC will be enrolled in the PhD program of the Universit de Bordeaux, and perform research at the Institut des Sciences Mol culaires in the group NEO. They will be supervised by Pr. Andr Del Guerzo. Mobility as well as excellent scientific and soft-skill qualifications of the DC will be promoted throughout the network with (i) common research goals, (ii) two temporary 3-months stays at network partners (secondments), one being in the private sector, (iii) regular schools and workshops. The Doctoral Network is financed by the European Union under the framework of the program HORIZON Europe, Marie Sk odowska-Curie Actions. The DC will be hired for 36 months under contract by the Universit de Bordeaux with a monthly gross salary of approximatively 3000 (including mobility allowance) or approximatively 3300 (including additionally family allowance). The family allowance depends on the marital status of the DC. A general view of available positions can also be found at the following address:


In Bordeaux, we are looking for candidates, without gender or nationality discrimination but with mobility requirement, with interest in fluorescence, microscopy, optics, photophysics, photochemistry and data/image analyses. Goals of the PhD project include the exploration of complex soft materials and biomaterials, to determine their 3D-structures and dynamic behavior, as well as the diffusion properties of molecules embedded therein. The study will involve state-of-the-art microscopy techniques, including application of super-resolution techniques and optics development, single particle diffusion studies, as well as the study of new fluorophores (molecular and nanoparticles), innovative nano-photochemical approaches, and plasmonic light amplification. Extensive data analyses will be performed, possibly including software development. Applications of the materials will be studied in collaboration with the network partners on skin permeation, cosmetics, drug delivery and spinal cord regeneration. (see also requirements/skills below)

To apply, please send exclusively by e-mail: a letter of motivation, diplomas with grades and an extended CV (including list of publications, list of skills, and contact information of at least 2 references). All the documents have to be submitted in 1 e-mail in 1 PDF file, file name = "Last_name.pdf", 10 MB max. Letters of recommendation can be included, or sent separately by the reference. e-mail address: multismart@u-bordeaux.fr

Applications are accepted anytime. Deadline of application is May 15, 2023, but the positions can be filled, and become unavailable, anytime from April 1st on. Starting date is expected to be September or October 2023, but it can be anticipated earlier in certain circumstances.

EU funding framework: HE / MSCA

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