Open postdoctoral position in PROSE unit, INRAE (Antony, Île-de-France) on bioelectrochemical biogas upgrade (24 months starting spring 2024)

To meet growing energy demands sustainably, economies need to prioritize bioenergy and biogas from waste materials, such as agro-industrial waste. However, biogas produced from such waste must undergo significant upgrading to enable its injection into the gas grid. To contribute to the forthcoming energy transition we are seeking to develop a bioelectrochemical biomethanation process to enhance the efficiency, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness of biogas upgrading.
We are looking for a postdoctoral scholar with training in bioelectrochemistry and electrochemical engineering, to develop a bioelectrochemical biogas upgrading reactor and thus aid biomethane production from agro-industrial waste. The scholar will be hosted in the PROSE unit (INRAE, Antony – Île-de-France, ) and will interact with an active network of engineers and microbiologists in the framework of a project funded by the CARNOT 3BCAR Institute ( ). Additionally, the scholar will spend time in the LGC unit (CNRS, Toulouse, ) aiming to develop alternative anode materials.
Desired Qualifications:

  • Practical expertise in electrochemical engineering and/or bioelectrochemical systems
  • Proven track record in designing and operating reactors
  • Familiarity with analytical and electrochemical techniques
  • Demonstrated ability in scientific writing
  • Passionate about fostering teamwork, collaboration, and interdisciplinary approaches
  • Experience in developing electrode materials is a bonus

To submit an application, the prospective scholar should contact Eleftheria Ntagia ( ) and Jean-Marie Fontmorin ( including a CV and a short (half a page) cover letter.

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PROSE is an INRAE research unit affiliated to the TRANSFORM and MICA departments and a part of University Paris-Saclay. With a staff of approximately 30 people (21 permanent staff), the PROSE unit conducts research on environmental biotechnologies, including wastewater treatment and recovery, anaerobic digestion and bioelectrochemical processes for biorefineries. Our studies address scales ranging from microbial communities to industrial-scale processes, and are linked to major societal challenges, such as sustainable development, the circular economy, and the bioeconomy. Our activities embrace a transdisciplinary approach combining microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, process engineering, physical measurements, and modelling.

The Laboratory of Chemical Engineering of Toulouse (LGC) is the primary center for fundamental and applied research in chemical and microbial engineering in the Occitanie region. Research at the institute covers a wide variety of subjects, including biological process engineering, wastewater treatment, bioelectrochemistry, membrane processes, and process intensification. With 24 teams and approximately 300 researchers, the LGC provides a dynamic and interactive scientific environment.

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INRAE Centre de Jouy-en-Josas – Antony
UR 1461 – PROSE

1 rue Pierre-Gilles de Gennes
92761 Antony Cedex
Tel. : +33 (0)1 40 96 61 21 (accueil)

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