PhD Open Position in Organic Chemistry, CNRS, France

PhD Open Position in Organic Chemistry, CNRS, France

PhD Open Position: Join the ANR Cytergents project as a PhD candidate in organic synthesis. This unique opportunity is available at the Institute of Biomolecules Max Mousseron in the team Synthèse de Lipides Bioactifs and at Avignon University in the team Synthèse et Systèmes Colloïdaux Bioorganiques. The Cytergents project aims to revolutionize detergent design and enhance the understanding of detergent-lipid-protein interactions for efficient extraction and stabilization of functional membrane proteins. Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and contribute to fundamental and pharmaceutical protein research.

PhD Open Position in Organic Chemistry
Synthesis of Cyclic and Lipid Metabolite-Inspired Detergents for Membrane Protein Extraction and Stabilization
Job Offer Reference: [Cytergents_PhD_2023]

Designation:PhD Candidate in Organic Chemistry
Research Area:Synthesis of Cyclic and Lipid Metabolite-Inspired Detergents for Membrane Proteins
Location:Institute of Biomolecules Max Mousseron (Montpellier) and Avignon University (Avignon)
Availability:From November 15, 2023, for 36 months
Gross Salary:Starting at ~€2050/month, increasing to €2200 (without teaching activities)
Application Deadline:Open until the position is filled


  • Master’s degree in Chemistry with a strong background in organic chemistry
  • Excellence in academic studies
  • Strong communication skills
  • Capability for interdisciplinary work

Job Description:
As a PhD candidate, you will play a pivotal role in the Cytergents project. You will be responsible for synthesizing hydrophobic moieties of detergents using advanced C-C bond formation methods in Montpellier. Subsequently, you will conjugate these hydrophobic moieties onto glycosyl donors at Avignon University. Here, you will study the colloidal properties of the final detergents. Collaborate closely with a post-doctoral fellow and undertake biochemical validation on various types of proteins, including those of fundamental and pharmaceutical significance.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should send their applications via email with the reference of the job offer in the subject line and including the following documents as a single PDF attachment:

  • Motivation letter
  • List of obtained scores during Master’s degree studies
  • At least 2 references (names, affiliations, email addresses, and telephone numbers)

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