Internship to produce terpenes in microbial chassis with automation

The project IRIS FRAGRANCE incubated in the SHAKER irisprogram at the Genopole and support by the SATT Lutech aims to build a microbial chassis for industrial production of prized flavors and fragrances from the family of ionone molecules. Some of these molecules are sold as mixtures of racemic isomers. It is known that two enantiomers can have completely different scents, therefore a mixture is of compromised quality. Synthetic biology allows to produce enantiopure molecules.

The main mission of the intern is to create automation protocols for an Opentron OT-2 in order to enable directed evolution with a screen based on multispectral image analysis directly on petri plate.

Must-to-have skills: strong molecular biology

Skills-to-learn: analytical chemistry, python

When: January to Jun 2019

Where: MNHN, 75005 PARIS

Contact: Victor SAYOUS,  06 88 67 54 54


Postdoc offer in analytical chemistry applied to oenology (Bordeaux, France)

Characterization of taste-active compounds responsible for sweetness of dry wines


Applications are invited for a 2-years post-doctoral fellowship in analytical chemistry applied to enology in the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences of the University of Bordeaux. The successful candidate will be involved in the research of taste-active compounds responsible for sweetness of dry wines. So, the candidate will be involved in the characterization and isolation of natural products. A non-targeted approach will also be implemented by metabolomics studies using LC-HRMS.
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PhD position at the National Museum of Natural History


We are looking for a student with a Master degree in chemical ecology or natural product chemistry to work on this project on the History of an evolutionary convergence: evolution of chemical defenses within mimetic butterflies communities. The student will have to perform chemical analyses on biological material using various innovative analytical techniques. Together with those lab skills, the student should display a high motivation for fieldwork in tropical areas. The PhD thesis will start in October 2016. Application files should contain: a CV, a cover letter, Master score sheets, and two recommendation letters. Complete application files must be sent to Dr. Violaine Llaurens and Dr. Bastien Nay before March 30th. Selected candidates will then be interviewed by a selection committee in May. The PhD will start on October 1st, 2016.

Link to the PhD project and conditions