Post-Doctoral position in Analytical Chemistry (gas chromatography - mass spectroscopy)- 18 months contract

Job description

IMT Atlantique

1. Context

Présentation of IMT Atlantique :

IMT Atlantique, internationally recognised for the quality of its research, is a leading general engineering school under the aegis of the Ministry of Industry and Digital Technology, ranked in the three main international rankings (THE, SHANGHAI, QS).

Located on three campuses, Brest, Nantes and Rennes, IMT Atlantique aims to combine digital technology and energy to transform society and industry through training, research and innovation. It aims to be the leading French higher education and research institution in this field on an international scale. With 290 researchers and permanent lecturers, 1000 publications and 18 M€ of contracts, it supervises 2300 students each year and its training courses are based on cutting-edge research carried out within 6 joint research units: GEPEA, IRISA, LATIM, LABSTICC, LS2N and SUBATECH.

Job environment :

The Department of Energy Systems and Environment (DSEE) of IMT Atlantique is based on the Nantes campus. It has about 70 staff members including 20 permanent professors (10 HDR), 6 engineers and technicians as well as 3 administrative staff, PhD students, research engineers and post-doctoral students. The department is part of the UMR CNRS 6144 GEPEA developing research in process engineering applied to bio-resources and eco-technologies through 3 research teams: Treatment Water Air Metrology (TEAM), Valorisation Energy / Material of Residues and Treatment of Emissions (VERTE), Optimisation - System - Energy (OSE). In this context, the DSEE is recruiting a post-doctoral student to join the GREEN team in the framework of the collaborative research project EMINAV (Emissions into the atmosphere from ships) financed by the ADEME and led by ESTACA in partnership with IMT Atlantique/GEPEA, ENSM, Penn Ar Bed, Brittany Ferries, Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique and ECOGAS The EMINAV project aims to evaluate, in the most complete way possible, the gaseous and particulate pollutant emissions related to maritime transport, for two types of engines and under usage conditions. This project complements an ongoing project called CAPNAV, which focuses on the characterization of fine particle emissions from engines. The measurement campaigns carried out simultaneously within the framework of the CAPNAV and EMINAV projects will make it possible to take gas samples directly at the emission point and to analyze the polluting emissions, both gaseous and particulate. Two types of engines will be studied: conventional marine diesel engines without pollution control systems, and engines running on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The contribution of the ITM Atlantic/GEPEA laboratory concerns the characterization of emitted VOCs. The heaviest VOCs adsorbed then condensed on the surface of the particles are characterized in the CAPNAV project by sampling on filter and analysis in GC/MS. The lightest VOCs will be sampled and/or analyzed in gas phase in the EMINAV project. Two techniques will be implemented, in situ via a micro-GC bay and an indirect analysis method by sampling on cartridges then analysis in the laboratory by GC/MS.

2. Job description

The recruited candidate will be in charge of

  • Validation of the measurement protocol and implementation of samples
  • The preparation and the realization of the measurement campaigns on the boats
  • The analysis of samples taken by GC-MS and the identification of molecules
  • Analysis and valorization of the results through reports and scientific communications

Job requirements

3. Training and skills


  • The candidate should have a PhD in the field of analytical chemistry.

Knowledge & Skills

He/she should have skills/experience in gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy coupling, ideally experience in engine emissions, as well as an interest in experimentation under real conditions. In addition, the candidate will have to justify organizational skills for the realization and the follow-up ofthe measurement campaigns. 


  • 49 days of annual leave and time off
  • Partial telecommuting possible
  • Public transport paid for
  • Sustainable mobility package (for carpooling or cycling)
  • Family supplement
  • Wide range of social benefits

Additional information and application

  • Application deadline: 25/06/2022
  • Start of contract : 01/09/2022
  • Type of contract : Fixed-term contract under public law
  • Duration of the contract : 18 months
  • Geographic location : Nantes IMT Atlantique campus
  • Project: ADEME EMINAV
  • The positions offered for recruitment are open to all with, upon request, accommodations for candidates with disabilities
  • Hierarchical category: Category II trade P of IMT management cadre
  • For more information, please contact : Aurélie JOUBERT, associate professor in the Energy Systems and Environment Department (DSEE) -
    - tel : 02 51 85 85 89

Application documents

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Copy of your doctoral degree
  • National identity card or passport