2x Junior Chair Positions - Energy and Environment

Université de Pau et des Pays de l Adour



Position type:

Full time

16 Jan 2018
02 Apr 2018

Full details:

Reference number: EUR-271021


The Energy and Environment Solutions initiative (E2S-UPPA) is a substantial, multi-year growth plan (https://e2s-uppa.fr/). Problem-oriented, inter-disciplinary and transverse research in Energy and Environment, is pursed while putting the emphasis on either industry relevance or high visibility in leading academic journals. Interests span over all areas of Energy and Environment, including but not limited to optimization of geo-resources exploration and exploitation, optimization of energy storage, materials for renewable energy, composites for structural lightening, analytical and microbial environmental analysis for diagnostic and remediation, as well as evaluation of organisms adaptation to environmental stresses in evolving or controlled ecosystems, and social issues about energy and environment. 



We thus seek outstanding candidates excited by the opportunity to shape the future solutions for energy and environment with a clear passion to make a difference for the future. Higher priority will be given to the overall originality and promise of the candidate's work rather than to the sub-area of specialization. Equal interest will be devoted to both fundamental topics and those supported by industrial partners. In this latter case, candidates are encouraged to get into contact with the host laboratory to articulate the project around the potential academic and industrial collaborations. The junior chair will be devoted to enhance research and teaching in the fields of Energy and Environment and to establish and animate new international relations and partnerships. The candidate will be expected to teach in English at the graduate and undergraduate levels, to develop advanced graduate courses in a research specialty, as well as to develop a world-class research program with emphasis on Energy and Environment.

E2S-UPPA is committed to building a diverse educational environment in agreement with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. E2S-UPPA is also committed to further the compatibility of work and family lives. E2S-UPPA will provide support through its Welcome Center and facilitate career management.

The chair will be funded for 5 years, starting from September 2018 at the earliest with a monthly salary before taxes in accordance with that of an assistant professor (national grid). The start-up package to support this junior chair consists in two PhD candidates (or one PhD candidate and one postdoctoral fellow) and associated running costs. Teaching would be limited to a half of regular academic duty.


Criteria of selection of the candidate:

  • The research and teaching projects
  • The candidate’s motivation
  • The candidate’s concern for the societal problematic related to energy and environment and his/her positioning to direct efforts toward the identification of original solutions for the future of energy and environment
  • Outstanding scientific record (publications, patents, …)

Required application documents (single pdf file):

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three to five references (name and contact email)
  • A statement of the director of the laboratory on the adequacy of the proposed research activities with those conducted in the host institute
  • Statements of research (5 pages) and teaching interests (1 page)
  • Two representative publications


Preselected candidates will be invited for an oral interview by the selection committee

UPPA is a leading research and teaching university, among the top 20 universities in France, located in the beautiful, culturally rich and highly diverse area of the Atlantic Pyrenees. E2S-UPPA is the result of established collaborations with the main national research centers, i.e. the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics (INRIA), the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), the French Geological Survey (BRGM). These host several laboratories committed in research within the core areas of Energy and Environment.

Private research is a key asset of southern Aquitaine with Industrial R&D centers settled on its
UPPA: Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, http://www.univ-pau.fr/en/home.html
INRA: http://institut.inra.fr/en
INRIA: https://www.inria.fr/en
CNRS:  http://www.cnrs.fr/index.php
CEA:  http://www.cea.fr/english
BRGM: , http://www.brgm.eu/
IPRA: Institut Pluridisciplinaire de Recherches Appliquées (Pluridisciplinary Institue for Applied Research, http://ipra.univ-pau.fr , director Laurent Bordes.
IPREM: Institut des Sciences Analytiques et de Physico-chimie pour l'Environnement et les Matériaux (Institute of Analytical and Physicochemical Sciences for Environment and Materials http://iprem.univ-pau.fr , director : Ryszard Lobinski.
MIRA: Milieux et Ressources Aquatiques (Aquatic Resources and their Environment, http://milieux-aquatiques.univ-pau.fr, director Philippe Gaudin.
Passages: (http://www.passages.cnrs.fr/spip.php?rubrique58 , deputy director Xavier Arnaud de Sartre.

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