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Nantes Université MSCA-PF 2023 - hosting offer at the Interdisciplinary Chemistry: Synthesis, Analysis, Modelling

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers
16 Dec 2022

Hosting Information

Offer Deadline
EU Research Framework Programme


Organisation / Company
Nantes Université
Faculty of sciences and technology
Interdisiplnary Chemistry: Synthesis, Analysis, Modelling (CEISAM)
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Contact Information

Organisation / Company Type
Higher Education Institute


Clémence Queffélec associate professor from the Interdisiplnary Chemistry: Synthesis, Analysis, Modelling (CEISAM) at Nantes Université is looking for postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) in 2023.

  • Key words
    photocatalysis, plasmon, nanoparticles
  • What is a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship?
    MSCA Postdoctoral fellowships support the career development of researchers for enhancing their individual competence diversification in terms of skills at multidisciplinary level and intersectoral experience. The MSCA-PF grant provides a competitive salary plus mobility and family allowances if applicable, as well as research, training and networking costs. This call to interest concerns the European Postdoctoral Fellowships (12 to 24 months of duration in Europe + optional placement in private sector in Europe of 6 months). For more information: MSCA-PF
  • Team description
    The CEISAM Institute ("Interdisciplinary Chemistry: Synthesis, Analysis, Modelling") encompasses all the research activities carried out in the area of molecular chemistry. The institute is organised into 5 research teams, which together cover a broad field of activities (modelling, organic chemistry, photocatalysis, Functional Material etc) and that are involved in joint research projects and scientific events.
  • Profile of the supervisor
    Clémence Queffélecstudied at the University of Lille 1, France and obtained her Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry in 2007. Afterwards, she did a 18 months postdoctoral work within the field of phosphorus chemistry, at the Department of Chemistry, TCU, Fort Worth, Texas with professor Jean-Luc Montchamp. Then, she worked for one year at the University of Paris XI on the enantioselective intramolecular hydroamination catalyzed by rare-earth metal complexes. Since 2010, she is associate professor at CEISAM laboratory, Nantes University, France. She has been working on phosphonate-based organic−inorganic hybrid materials applied to biotechnologies or catalysis and works now on photocatalysis and molecular plasmonics.
  • Research project
    Metallic nanoparticles (NPs) have many useful properties, in particular some NPs have unique optical qualities while interacting with light known as surface plasmon resonance (SPR). Plasmon excitation leads to a range of effects on molecule adsorbed or bound or in proximity to a NP such as thermal effects or charge transfer.
    Our main focus is to use the SPR phenomenon for accelerating known catalytic reaction rates or degrading some polluting agents under laser irradiation using a well-designed molecular catalyst bound to metallic NPs and understand which types of mechanism are occuring.
  • What are the eligibility criteria?
    Candidates must hold a PhD at the call deadline (13 Sept. 2023) and have 8 years maximum of full-time research experience after the PhD.
    “Mobility rule”: candidates must NOT have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.Candidates can be from any nationality.
    Although not an eligibility criterion, a good track record is recommended.
  • What’s in it for me?
    1. Selected candidate will have access to online training programme and one-to-one proposal preparation sessions with our experienced European Officers.
    2. Selected candidate will have the opportunity to come to Nantes for two days in the beginning of July to meet his supervisor and to start working on the writing of the project. The grant awarded for this stay will cover travel, hotel and subsistence expenses for 2 days and 2 nights (up to 1000€ for the EU countries and up to 2000€ for the non-EU countries). Nantes Université does not cover the visa fees.
  • I’m interested. What should I do?
    If you are interested and have the required background, apply by sending the application form to Clémence QUEFFELEC ( and the European office (

    More information on the dedicated webpage.

  • Registration for this scheme does not imply automatic funding. Applications will be examined in the light of the MSCA PF evaluation criteria, both by your potential supervisor and by the experienced European Officers. No application will be considered after April 14th but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible as they will be evaluated as they arise.The short-stay grant will be distributed among the selected candidate within the limits of the available budget.

    You should expect feedback for your application by 15 May.

  • Brief description of Nantes Université
    Nantes Université is a higher education and research institution created in 2022. This new institution has adopted a new University model unprecedented in France by bringing together a university, a university hospital (CHU de Nantes), a technology research centre (IRT Jules Verne), a public scientific and technological institute (Inserm) and higher education establishments (Centrale Nantes, École des Beaux-Arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire, École d’Architecture de Nantes).
    Nantes Université is a sustainable and committed institution and one of the driving forces behind societal development. With a global and outward-looking culture, it promotes innovativeness and openness: open science, open research, open education, open innovation. Nantes Université has received the HR Excellence in Research Award and is already involved in various European projects, notably MSCA actions