RESEARCH FIELDChemistry › Biochemistry
RESEARCHER PROFILELeading Researcher (R4)Established Researcher (R3)
APPLICATION DEADLINE21/05/2021 20:00 - Europe/Athens
LOCATIONFrance › Fougères
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK35
OFFER STARTING DATE04/10/2021
The position to be filled is in the Antibiotics, Biocides, Residues and Resistance (AB2R) department. This department consists of 12 permanent staff including 6 scientists and 6 technicians. As part of the Laboratory's responsibilities, the AB2R carries out research and reference activities on the detection of antibiotic residues in different animal food products. The department also conducts research on the use of disinfectant biocides used in livestock or the agri-food industry and their effects on the loss of bacterial cultivability and the development of antibiotic resistance. Studies are ongoing for several years on the detection of biocide residues present on surfaces, in rinsing water following cleaning and disinfection procedures using (micro)biological methods. A scientific project manager is being sought to conduct a research project funded by the Brittany region to develop tools based on electrochemical and colorimetric biosensors to detect residues of disinfectant biocides present in rinsing water and milk samples.
The research will be carried out under the authority of the head of the AB2R department, an expert in the field of biocides and the functional authority of a scientist. As a project manager from the expert department in the field of residues detection, the recruited scientist will be responsible for developing, evaluating and validating methods for biocide residue detection in different samples of the dairy industry.
This position is part of a research project funded by the Brittany Region, which aims to produce low-cost, sensitive, simple, fast and specific self-control tools for the detection of biocide chemical contaminants for milk chain operators in order to improve food safety. This mission is also part of the department’s and Laboratory's work program. The scientist will be able to draw on the ARC department’s experience to perform confirmation analyses using mass spectrometry-based methods, if necessary.
The National Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health (Anses) is a public administrative institution under the responsibility of the ministries for Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Environment, Health and Work. It intervenes in the fields of work, the environment, food, animal health and welfare, plant health with a priority objective to help ensure the safety of workers and consumers.
To develop public health recommendations, Anses implements independent, multidisciplinary, collective and contradictory scientific expertise. It relies on a network of 11 reference and research laboratories at 18 sites. They have missions of expertise, epidemiological surveillance, and alerting, scientific and technical advice. They thus play an essential role in the characterization of hazards by collecting data from networks of accredited laboratories.
The Fougères laboratory has about 60 agents working in 4 departments: Analysis of Residues of Contaminants (ARC), Contaminants Toxicology (TC), Experimentation, Modelling and Data Analysis (EMAD) and Antibiotics, Biocides, Residues and Resistance (AB2R). The laboratory conducts research and reference activities on several types of chemical and biological hazards that can affect food safety and food quality. It holds several reference mandates as the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for veterinary drug residues, the European Union Reference Laboratory (EU-RL) for antibiotic and dye residues, and the NRL for antimicrobial resistance.
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELChemistry: PhD or equivalent
- Scientific and technical skills in biochemistry, electrochemistry and enzymology
- Ability to manage a project and report the research outcomes to the project advisory manager
- Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and with minimum supervision
- Ability to perform in-depth and critical data analysis
- Good oral and written communication skills in English are required
- Ability to communicate through high-quality scientific channels, e.g. peer reviewed publications
- Ability to communicate in a non-scientific way
- Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with team members
- Raising awareness of hygiene and safety rules and biological risks
- The candidate must have spent at least 18 months abroad between May 1, 2017 and the start of the project
- Strong training in biochemistry, electrochemistry and enzymology is essential
- Experience in the development and validation of methods in the field of biochemistry has a strong added value
- Experience in conducting research projects is desired
- Conduct a bibliographic review to select the different elements of the biosensor (enzymes, surfaces, nanomaterials)
- Develop electrochemical and colorimetric biosensors for biocide residues detection
- Write and implement experimental protocols to evaluate these biosensors
- Apply method validation principles according to the european guideline for the validation of screening methods for veterinary drug residues
- Analyze and interpret results
- Write project reports
- Write scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals, participate in European or international congresses
EURAXESS offer ID: 616015
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