Assistant Professorship, University of Orléans, France

1st Sept. 2018. Georesources / CO2 storage

The offered position ( is a university associate professorship (Maître de Conférences in French nomenclature), in the field of Earth Sciences (section 35 of French University Council,

Job description

Geothermical energy and CO2 storage are first order research topics focusing a lot of interest in the Earth Science community. They constitute one of the future research directions of Earth Sciences at ISTO and its partner institution BRGM. The new associate professor is expected to develop his/her own research in these thematic fields and to foster growing scientific collaboration between ISTO and BRGM. The research will make use of the high level experimental facilities of the fluid-rock interaction and rock deformation laboratories available at ISTO: hydrothermal vessels, HP-HT pressure vessels, HP-HT deformation apparatuses (Griggs- and Paterson-type rigs), permeability measurement devices. The successful candidate will also benefit from the expertise currently present in fluid-rock interaction modelling at ISTO/BRGM.

We are seeking an experienced researcher with an independent and creative mind. His/her research fields may include, but are not limited to: geology of sedimentary basins, petrophysics of sedimentary rocks and fault networks, thermo-hydro-mechanical modelling, experimental fluid-rock interactions. The applicant should demonstrate the ability to seek national and international funding for his/her research.

The teaching duties include classroom and field instruction (depending on expertise). Courses preferably should include georeferenced mapping (GIS) and geostatistics at bachelor level, along with courses depending on the candidate's expertise.

Information about the institution

The Earth Sciences institute of Orléans (ISTO) is a joint research unit between University of Orléans, CNRS and BRGM, with 125 employees, with about fifty University professors and CNRS/ BRGM researchers, twenty-five technicians and administrative support staff, about ten post-docs and forty PhDs. Research is carried out within five main domains (Biogeosystems; Porous media; Metallogeny; Geodynamics; Magma processes). ISTO houses many analytical and experimental facilities (, and a privileged access to a computing mesocenter (

The future research will benefit from two national-funded structures: LabEx VOLTAIRE to fund research on transport and reactivity of fluids from the deep crust to the atmosphere; EquipEx PLANEX, a spectroscopic platform for in situ analysis of solids and fluids over a large P-T range.

Practical and contact information

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and contact information of three references. Qualification for the advertised position must be demonstrated either through a national-based assessment carried out by CNU ("Qualification aux fonctions de Maître de Conférences") or by recent certification from the current employer. Applications should be submitted by 15th of March 2018.

Inquiries regarding this position may be addressed to:

Lionel Mercury, director of ISTO (

posted: 22 January 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.