Postdoctoral Fellows in the Matter at Extremes Group

Context & Job description

As a postdoctoral fellow, you will be strongly involved in all the beamline activities: you will establish your own in-house research programme, participate in the commissioning and development of the beamline instruments and provide support to external users as local contact.

The Matter at Extremes group comprises six beamlines providing a wide panel of X-ray techniques:

  • ID06-LVP: XRD in the Large Volume Press (
  • ID15B: High pressure XRD in the diamond anvil cell (
  • ID18: Nuclear resonance scattering under extreme pressure and with extreme energy resolution (
  • BM23: Scanning EXAFS for extreme conditions and chemistry (
  • ID24: Scanning and dispersive EXAFS for extreme conditions and chemistry (
  • ID27: High pressure XRD in the diamond anvil cell and Paris-Edinburgh press (

Applications cover scientific fields such as materials science, physics, chemistry, Earth and planetary science.

We are looking for post-docs with various profiles, interested in instrumental (hardware and software) development as well as applications of synchrotron radiation in these scientific fields.

Applicants are highly encouraged to visit our web pages ( to know more about our activities and to contact the beamline responsible to further discuss their project.

Expected profile

  • PhD in materials science, physics, chemistry, or closely related fields of research obtained less than 3 years ago.
  • Previous experience on a synchrotron facility is an asset
  • 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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