Recruitment: Junior Professor Chair (CPJ Unistra – PHRUGAL)

16 March 2023
Name of the project : "Nanophysique pour la frugalité (PHRUGAL)"

Set up by the research programming law, the junior professor chair (CPJ) is a new way of recruitment allowing access to a permanent position of university professors and assimilated or research directors. Recruitment is based on a research and teaching project led by a holder of a doctorate or equivalent diploma.

The development of technologies that are sober in the resource consumption (specially energy) is essential for the present environmental and industrial transition, as well as for the national sovereignty (SESRI Grand Est region, France 2030 program). The University of Strasbourg intends to orchestrate such an objective in synergy with its fundamental research and its advanced teaching program in nano-physics (Magistère of Fundamental Physics, Master of Condensed Matter and Nano-Physics). A faculty position is open in order to strengthen and complement the key research lines developed at the Institute of Physics and Chemistry of Materials of Strasbourg (IPCMS) concerning this broad domain (electronic, magnetic and optical properties, down to the atomic scales and ultra-short times). The hiring should bring a key competence in connection with energy/heat transfer at the nanometer scale. It will also allow to develop new teaching lines within the Faculty of Physics and Engineering, contributing to foster a strategic and original expertise in line with national priorities. This hiring is envisioned in coordination with the Thematic and Interdisciplinary Institute Quantum Sciences and Nanomaterials (ITI-QMat), which will promote the rooting of the project in the international context (cross-border cooperation EuCoR) and in the regional socio-economic context

The Faculty of Physics and Engineering of Strasbourg offers a wide range of disciplinary training courses from L1 to PhD level. In particular, it offers a training of excellence in fundamental condensed matter physics, which is based on a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in general physics, complemented by a Magistère degree in fundamental physics, a graduate school (ITI QMat), and a M2 specialization in “Condensed matter and nanoscience”. The chair holder is expected to participate in this training of excellence by proposing in particular new teaching modules (courses, practical work or projects) in connection with his or her theme of fundamental physics for the energy transition. He or she will also be able to contribute to a new M2 specialization currently being set up (European Master in Quantum Technologies), to an opening scientific course of the doctoral school ED 182 and to various initiatives promoting the training/research continuum within the framework of the ITI QMat.

Teaching language(s): the teaching languages are French and English It is not required that the candidate speaks French at the time of the hiring, but he/she is expected to acquire a sufficient level of French to teach partly in French – at the latest at the time of tenure.

Nanosciences have made considerable progress in the last twenty years, with the development of new materials and new theoretical and experimental tools. A new frontier in the field is the control of energy and entropy/information transport and conversion at the nanoscale, which is a strategic concern in the use of nanomaterials and nano-systems for the energy transition. This chair is dedicated to the development of a research activity around nanoscience for frugality in a broad sense. Themes such as quantum thermodynamics, spin-caloritronics, processes of thermal rectification, thermal energy recovery, capture and conversion of light energy in nano-objects, or in-operando characterization of nanomaterials for energy could be proposed. The project will be part of a particularly interdisciplinary local environment and will be related to the IPCMS’s research strengths in the field of nanoscience and materials dynamics (quantum sciences, magnetism, optics, multifunctional and molecular materials). The project laureate will take advantage of multiple collaborations and networks recently set up, in particular in the framework of ITI QMat.

Job profile: Junior professor chair “Nanophysics for frugality”

Research fields: Nanosciences, quantum sciences, nanomaterials, thermodynamics, fluctuations.

Lead institution/organization: Université de Strasbourg
Name of Head of Institution/Agency: Michel Deneken
Site concerné : Université de Strasbourg, UMR7504, IPCMS
Academic region : Grand Est
Partner Institutions/Organizations: CNRS
Keywords : Nanosciences, sciences quantiques, nanomatériaux, thermodynamique,
Period : 5 years
Scientific theme: Nanosciences, Condensed matter physics
Section (s) CNU/CoNRS/CSS : CNU 28 / CoNRS 03,04,05

Applications by women are welcome

Contact : Pierre Rabu, Director of IPCMS