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Vacancy:   Toulouse, France: Exploring methylmercury compound specific stable isotope analysis to trace its origin and fate in marine ecosystems

The Geosciences Environment Toulouse (GET) is looking for Post‑doctoral candidates with a strong background in mercury and/or carbon stable isotope metrology and biogeochemistry, and if possible compound specific isotope analysis (CSIA) by GC‑IR‑MS.

The research objectives are
  1. to apply current MC‑ICP‑MS (Hg isotopes δ202Hg, Δ199/200Hg) and improve GC‑IR‑MS (δ13C) methodologies for the stable isotope analysis of methylmercury (MeHg, CH3Hg) in biological matrices in the low ng/g range,
  2. conduct laboratory experiments to understand the organometallic stable isotope fractionation mechanisms of MeHg during abiotic methylation/demethylation experiments,
  3. explore the 2D (δ202Hg-­‐‑Δ199/200Hg, and δ13C) isotope signatures of CH3Hg in coastal/pelagic fish tissue collections from the global oceans. Strong emphasis will be put on the pluridisciplinary aspects for this postdoctoral position at the frontiers of analytical sciences, stable isotopes biogeochemistry, and ecology.

Knowledge of the English language, laboratory skills, international mobility, and the willingness to present results at international conferences are required.

Full funding (2 years) available for opening the position by mid 2018.


D. Point, PhD : david.point@ird.fr,

J. E. Sonke, PhD: jeroen.sonke@get.omp.eu

Geosciences Environment Toulouse (GET), MidiPyrenees Observatory (OMP), 14 avenue Edouard Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France

Homepage: http://www.get.obs-mip.fr/equipements/Plateformes-Techniques/grou

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