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The group of Frédéric-Georges Fontaine at the chemistry department of Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada) has an open position for a postdoctoral fellow. The project involves the synthesis of novel ligands for rare-earth coordination and the grafting of such species on silicon and carbon-based materials. The materials will be used for the selective extraction of rare-earth elements from complex mixtures, including notably red mud, a waste product from the aluminum industry (Rio Tinto Alcan is one of the industrial partners on this project). The work will be done in collaboration with the groups of Freddy Kleitz and Dominic Larivière at the chemistry department of Université Laval.

For the current position, we are seeking a talented synthetic chemist familiar in the area of coordination chemistry, ligand design and inorganic material synthesis. A knowledge of organometallic chemistry would also be appreciated. The project will involve the synthesis of ligands, inorganic complexes and of hybrid materials, so the working knowledge of the characterization techniques (NMR, X-ray diffraction, FTIR, BET) is a significant asset, although the full understanding of the characterization of hybrid materials is not a requirement and can be learned upon joining the group. This position will initially be for one year with the possibility of renewal for another six months by mutual agreement. As funds are currently available (NSERC Strategic grant), the start date is flexible but it would be very appreciated if the candidate could start prior to May 1st.

Interested applications should forward a CV and two letters of recommendation to Prof. Frédéric-Georges Fontaine ( If you have any questions concerning this position, feel free to contact Prof. Fontaine.

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