Contact and open positions

Available Research Opportunities

We are looking to recruit talented and dedicated scientists.
For more information and if you are interested in working in the Serre group then please email Dr. Christian SERRE at:

CNRS JUNIOR POSITION for the capture and transformation of small strategic molecules
[posted 15 Feb. 2024]
Are you interested to develop new porous solids based catalysts for the energy transition ? Then join us at the Institute of Porous Materials from Paris ( on a CNRS Tenure Track position, which provides salary and research package for five years and includes some teaching duties (45 hours per year) at the PSL university – Ecole Normale Supérieure and ESPCI PSL (e.g. the Chemistry Graduate program : The opening of the position is announced between four different research institutes in France and will go to the institute with the best candidate.
Research profile:
The research profile involves a strong expertise in ordered porous solids (MOFs, COFs, HOFs and related composites…) and a good knowledge in heterogenous catalysis (electro-, photo-, thermal…) applied to the conversion of small strategic molecules (CO2, N2, H2…). One could eventually combine these approaches with either Combinatorial or Artificial Intelligence tools. The materials will be elaborated at IMAP and first properties evaluated in-house prior to benefit from IMAP’s extensive network of collaborations for the advanced catalytic investigation (experimental, theoretical) of the most promising materials.
The limited teaching activities (45 hours per year) will be elaborated together with the PSL university, through the master in Chemistry as well as the Ecole Normale Supérieure and ESPCI Paris students to provides a high-level teaching on materials for the conversion of small molecules in line with the energy transition. The laureate will contribute to teaching in synthesis, characterization and properties of porous solids, at the bachelor’s or master’s level.
Financial overview:
Total funded on CPJ : salary for a 5 year duration + 200 k€ (ANR package)
IMAP laboratory co-funding: 100k € (equipment, consumables)
Dr Christian Serre

PhD Positions
[posted 13 March. 2024]
« Available position in Structural analysis of Stimuli Responsive Metal-Organic Frameworks »
The material science of porous coordination polymers is one the most challenging research fields of materials chemistry during the last three decades. Among various representatives of such coordination compounds, an increasing attention has been devoted to metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), due to their advantageous possibility to link a wide range of metal ions or clusters with organic linkers, leading to 1-, 2- or 3-dimentional micro- or meso-porous networks. The large number of combinations between metal ions/clusters and organic linkers provide various types of functionalities (e.g. acid/base sites, hydrogen bonding sites or chiral sites) with adjustable porous properties. That is why, numerous MOFs have been intensively investigated as promising materials for gas storage and separation, sensing, catalysis, drug delivery, among other applications. The structure-property relationship plays a key role for the material science of porous frameworks. Very often fascinating phenomena upon gas adsorption can be either not well-understood (e.g. the switching of the gas selectivity), or missed out without in situ temperature/pressure variable experiments (e.g. negative gas adsorption). The monitoring of structural changes upon temperature/pressure/time-dependent adsorption is therefore of great importance for understanding the mechanisms of gas adsorption or separation. The goal of this project is to understand the structural behavior of a few representative robust MOFs using advanced temperature- and pressure-dependent single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, in close relationship with in-situ infrared and another analytical methods of characterization of porous frameworks. The objective of this project is to synthesize and determine temperature-, pressure- and particle size-depended response of the MOFs materials developed at IMAP to the guest (e.g. CO2, H2O) uptake, in a view of potential applications in the field of CO2 capture, dehumification or cooling systems, among other applications. Such fundamental studies requires the development of the (nano)structuration synthesis methods for the MOFs particles. This will be done through the synthesis platform available at IMAP (high-throughput, optimisation). Then, one will rely on the advanced X-ray diffraction methods, some of them being already available onsite (laboratory variable-temperature powder X-ray diffraction), while the others, such as synchrotron experiments or advanced single crystal X-ray diffraction will be organized via proposal application and/or will be developed at IMAP during the course of this PhD. Such advanced techniques will be combined with other methods such as thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy, volumetric and gravimetric gas sorption isotherms, also available in the laboratory.
If you have a Materials Chemistry background, with a previous experience in materials synthesis and characterization (such as single crystal/powder X-ay diffraction) and wish to become a member of the IMAP team – welcome to visit or/and contact us.

[posted 2 Feb. 2024]
“AVAILABLE PhD Position with Industrial Partner TRONOX”

You can find all the info clicking HERE

No other offer available at the moment. PhD positions are available in the group each year, usually starting in October. However, for self-funding applicants, please email Dr. Christian SERRE at: ENS or ESPCI requirements will need to be met and applicants will also need to apply via the normal application route.

Postdoctoral Positions
Postdoctoral positions within the Serre group will be advertised when funding is available. However, for self-funding applicants, please email Dr. Christian SERRE at:

Available Internship Opportunities:
No other offer available at the moment. Internships are available in the group each year. For self-funding applicants, please email Dr. Christian SERRE at: ENS or ESPCI requirements will need to be met and applicants will also need to apply via the normal application route.

Master track Opportunities: PSL University (in Paris, France) has 2 Master track Chemistry and Life Science and« Chemistry & Innovation ». They are part of the joint Chemistry Master program co-accredited with Sorbonne University, which targets an international student audience.
This track offers high level courses, taught in english, in all fields of chemistry, (molecular chemistry and biological chemistry, analytical and physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry and modelling, materials chemistry) based on the up-to-date research developed at PSL University. In addition to academic education, a specific goal of the track is to train students in scientifical and technological innovation processes through a deep training (research challenges, design thinking, prototyping, scientific projects in strong interaction with PSL research labs, group activities, and soft skill development). To complete a full master program, students will then have access to any of 2nd-year tracks of the Chemistry Master. A few grants should also be available.
More information can be found in the flyer and in the website of the formation (please click on the C&I link, on the same horizontal banner as « presentation »).