Postdoctoral Fellows in the Structure of Materials Group

Context & Job description

You will participate in ongoing in-house research programmes, or develop your own, and support operation and development of the beamline, including providing assistance to external users as local contact.

The following beamlines from the Structure of Materials Group are looking for post-docs in the fields of materials research, physics, chemistry or other closely related fields :

  • ID06HXM – Hard X-ray microscope (ID06HXM,
  • ID11 – Materials Science (link to ID11,
  • ID15A - Materials chemistry and materials engineering (ID15A,
  • ID19 – Microtomography (link to ID19,
  • ID22 – High resolution powder diffraction (link to ID22,
  • ID31 – Buried interface structures and materials processing (link to ID31,

The Structure of Materials Group’s beamlines cover a range of X-ray scattering, imaging and spectroscopic techniques, often exploiting high energy X-ray radiation, relevant to the fields of energy research, catalysis, engineering, metallurgy, nanoscience, pharmaceuticals and other fields of advanced technology from both academia and industry.

Further information may be obtained from beamline contacts (listed above) or Veijo Honkimäki (

Expected profile

  • PhD in materials science, chemistry, physics, or closely related science obtained less than 3 years ago
  • Good experimental skills
  • Experience with x-ray techniques, instrumentation and computing would be an advantage.
  • Ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff and facility users
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

Working conditions

We offer a comprehensive benefits package designed to support your quality of life and your installation in the Grenoble area when relocation is needed.

The monthly salary may be complemented by additional allowances upon eligibility (expatriation allowance, etc...).

Company description

The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, is an international research centre based in Grenoble, France.

Through its innovative engineering, pioneering scientific vision and a strong commitment from its 700 staff members, the ESRF is recognised as one of the top research facilities worldwide. Its particle accelerator produces intense X-ray beams that are used by thousands of scientists each year for experiments in diverse fields such as biology, medicine, environmental sciences, cultural heritage, materials science, and physics.

Supported by 22 countries, the ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

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