Post-doc position available on: Microscale spatiotemporal investigation of multi-species electroactive biofilms using optical microfluidic platform, Toulouse, France


PLACE OF WORK: Toulouse, Campus INPT

SCIENTIFIC FIELDS: Microbial Engineering / Microfluidic / Bioelectrochemical systems /

KEY WORDS: Electroactive biofilms / Microscopy / Microsystems


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 the 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.
Toulouse or the "Ville Rose" as it is called, with around 1.2 million people in its metropolis,
is the fourth biggest city in France (behind Paris, Lyon, and Marseille). With its high quality of
life, rich tradition in arts and culture, dynamic student population, Toulouse is consistently
considered one of the cities in France where it is the most pleasant to live. It has seen
France's biggest economic growth in recent years , boasts France's biggest population growth
over the past 20 years, and was recently ranked as the second best place in the country to
work after Bordeaux.

DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION: A post-doc position is available in the biofilm
engineering group of Dr. Benjamin Erable at the Laboratory of chemical engineering in
Toulouse, France. Our laboratory investigates the fundamentals and applications of
electroactive biofilms, whether in energy production or synthesis processes but also in
degradation or corrosion processes. We are seeking candidates to participate in a project that
explores the mechanisms governing the electroactive biofilms formation on electrodes and
also the mechanisms of extracellular electron transfer. This work takes a multidisciplinary
approach, combining state-of-the-art methods in bioelectrochemical engineering, live-cell
microscopy, electronics, and experimental microfluidic microbiology.

Relevant recent references:
D Pocaznoi, B Erable, ML Delia, A Bergel. Ultra microelectrodes increase the current density provided
by electroactive biofilms by improving their electron transport ability. Energy & Environmental Science
5 (1), 5287-5296
M Rimboud, M Barakat, A Bergel, B Erable. Different methods used to form oxygen reducing
biocathodes lead to different biomass quantities, bacterial communities, and electrochemical kinetics.
Bioelectrochemistry 116, 24-32
C Santoro, C Arbizzani, B Erable, I Ieropoulos. Microbial fuel cells: from fundamentals to applications.
A review. Journal of power sources 356, 225-244
JOB START-UP: Ideally before the end of 2018 (to be discussed)
CONTACT: Benjamin Erable /

Contact details: 
Benjamin Erable /
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Expiration date: 
Monday, December 31, 2018