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Position of Junior Professor Chair (Tenure Track) at Jean Monnet University Saint EtienneNew materials and processes with low environmental impact

Position of Junior Professor Chair (Tenure Track) at Jean Monnet University Saint Etienne (PDF, french and english versions)

Research Project:
The scientific project in the frame of  the Chair is at the intersection of the disciplinary fields of processing and material sciences involving the use of supercritical fluids. It will allow the development of studies which aim at :
-Intensifying the adequacy between the process and the material by improving the process efficiency. It can be achieved by integrating several functions in a single operation and by reducing the consumption of inputs (monomers, additives, catalysts…). The idea is to optimize the physico-chemical properties and/or reactive systems by supercritical fluids as reagents or carrier fluids to provide new functions or as plasticizers to transform heat-sensitive materials such as biobased polymers.
-Making the use of safer polymeric materials in order to increase their recycling towards currently unthinkable applications by achieving total clean-up/purification: offering ultra-pure virgin or recycled polymers.
-Continuously generating materials with properties that are different from those currently proposed: high-performance materials, nano-cellular polymer foams or polymer blends with controlled morphologies.
The deployment of the scientific project relies on a base of existing projects currently composed of 3 PhD on recycling and 4 projects on the purification and development of cellular materials. As soon as he/she is recruited, the person hired will be integrated into the follow-up of the projects. He/she will also supervise the doctoral and post-doctoral students recruited. They will be assigned to the development of the coupling of fluids under supercritical conditions and polymer processing and, more particularly, they will endeavour to associate conceptual aspects at different scales and states of matter with the experimental part (constitutive laws and scaling laws for complex polymer/supercritical fluids under strong flows, fundamental mechanisms involved in the elaboration of nano-foams assisted by supercritical fluids, understanding of the clean-up processes integrated in a recycling operation).
The overall budget allocated to the project amounts to 650000 € including salaries.

Host Laboratory:
The Laboratory « Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères » (UMR CNRS 5223) is a research unit (70 senior scientists /130 Ph-D and postdocs) which focuses on polymer materials, affiliated to CNRS, University of Lyon, INSA and to University Jean Monnet of Saint-Etienne). The laboratory has included in its roadmap the development of cross-disciplinary skills related to major societal challenges in both energy and environmental aspects, including an approach to the development of materials with a virtuous life cycle. The person recruited at the Saint-Etienne site will be able to rely on the laboratory’s platform “FlusCritex” (unique in Europe) dedicated to the coupling of fluids under supercritical conditions and polymer processing. The development of this coupling approach requires the association of conceptual aspects at different scales and states of matter in addition to the experimental component. This conceptualization approach is an important research axis in the laboratory.

Teaching Activities:
The person recruited as a tenure-track junior professor will be involved (64h/year) in the reinforcement of teaching on eco-design and the valorization of polymeric materials or their recycling, which is one of the objectives of the new Master’s program “Chemistry and Materials Science”. The teaching project will thus participate in the more general dynamics within the establishment to develop the sustainable development and social responsibility theme in which the person recruited will be strongly involved, for example in the design of opening and awareness units.

Please send CV and motivation letter to Pr Jean-Charles Majesté, head of IMP laboratory:
majeste @ univ-st-etienne.fr

Position of Junior Professor Chair (Tenure Track) at INSA LyonCIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR POLYMER MATERIALS Recycling, Repair and Reuse

Position of Junior Professor Chair (Tenure Track) at INSA Lyon (PDF téléchargeable)

This hiring proposal takes place in the framework of strategy of 2030 ambition program at INSA of Lyon (https://www.insa-lyon.fr/en/ ). INSA of Lyon is the first post-bac engineering school in France (https://etudiant.lefigaro.fr/etudes/ecoles-ingenieurs/classement-post-bac/).

Position Description:
The successful candidate will lead an internationally recognized research program in sustainable engineering and design Position Description interdisciplinary research and teaching. The objective of this Junior Professor Position is to combine scientific excellence, innovation in order to teach and to answer to societal challenges such as industrial ecology, circular economy/engineering, life cycle analysis applied (if possible) to polymer materials. The recruited scientist must develop a systemic sight of engineer : How thinking and working beyond his own disciplinary domain to find relevant solutions to key societal issues in collaboration with other expertise fields. This position will be in strong relationship with the Bioloop CNRS Prime team involving Polymer Material Enginnering, IMP laboratory from chemistry Institute of CNRS and Triangle and Gredeg laboratories from social and human sciences CNRS Institute. This transdiciplinary team includes all the partners of the circular economy of polymers materials. The candidate must have the capacity of him (her)self opening and working at the interface between polymer material science and human sciences. A strong skill in life cycle analysis will be preferred.

The successful applicant has research and teaching expertise in this areas but not restricted to the following list:
-Prospective life-cycle assessment (LCA) and techno-economic assessment of emerging/next-generation technologies for solving sustainability challenges related to energy systems, built infrastructure and transportation, or processing and manufacturing;
-Design and operate a closed loop supply chain
-Efficient material flows and circular economy
-Methods and frameworks for advancing social LCA for considering the distributional and social implications of engineering and design towards creative decision-making.

Qualifications And Education Requirements:
Candidates must have a Ph.D., with a first degree in engineering and an international background (> 3 years of postdoctoral or research associate position). Evidence of outstanding research achievements or research potential, is crucial. Moreover, an the candidates should have her(his) ability to teach and supervise.

Please send CV and motivation letter to Pr Jannick Duchet-Rumeau, head of IMP laboratory:
jannick.duchet @ insa-lyon.fr