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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.
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.