FRANCE ENERGIES MARINES (FEM), the national research institute dedicated to Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE), supports the nascent ORE industrial sector with the means and skills that increase competitiveness by mutualizing R&D costs, reducing risks and accelerating the acquisition of data and knowledge. FEM main activities relies on Research and Development projects based on a broad public-private partnership involving large groups, SMEs, regional authorities, advanced research and training institutions and competitiveness clusters with the support of the national Investing for the Future program. FEM collaborators are scientifically and technically strongly involved in the projects thanks to their high level of scientific expertise. The headquarters of FEM are located in Plouzané (Brest area), France.
Description du poste
The successful candidate will work within the “Environmental Integration of ORE” R&D program lead by France Energies Marines. One of the program objectives is to develop tools and methodologies allowing the marine fouling management of ORE structures from a technical / economical point of view.
The postdoctoral candidate will work at the Université de Toulon in the MAPIEM laboratory (EA 4323). He/She will identify suitable systems for effectively preventing fouling from ORE components, in different theatres of operation. To address this program, the candidate will work within a pluridisciplinary consortium with a complementary expertise in ORE systems, in the development and selection of environmentally friendly antifouling or fouling release strategies, in the understanding of (bio)deterioration and the biofouling management. The risks, benefits, barriers and opportunities associated with different types of biofouling management activities will be addressed.
Mission and activities
Under the supervision of Dr. Christine Bressy from the MAPIEM laboratory (Université de Toulon) and Dr. Nolwenn Quillien from the Environmental Integration research program at France Energies Marines, the successful candidate will address a complete literature review covering antifouling approaches, in-water grooming and/or cleaning processes to manage fouling and relevant microbial communities involved in (bio)deterioration of materials. Strong interactions with collaborating partners will be developed. Preliminary in-situ tests on selected antifouling strategies will be investigated.