Beamline Scientist in the X-ray Nanoprobe Group

Context & Job description

You will play a major role in the operation and further development of the ID13 beamline as well as in the other activities of the group.

The beamline’s mission is to develop micro/nano-beam scanning diffraction/scattering experiments, often combined with specific sample environments for in-situ experiments, optionally exploiting the beam’s coherence. Current instrumental interests include the area of sub-ms time-resolved and three-dimensional methods such as micro/nano-diffraction tomography. There is a strong emphasis on soft matter/biology and bio-mineralization in particular. However, the beamline’s in-house research programme also covers typical material science topics such as investigating high-Tc super conductors, and geological/extraterrestrial samples. Furthermore, ID13 is invested in applied research, e.g. on energy storage, hard coating materials, and industrial polymers. The successful candidate is welcome to introduce new scientific subjects, making use of the beamline’s capabilities.

As a Beamline Scientist, your missions are the following:

  • Manage the sustained technical upgrading and development of the instrument with another Beamline Scientist, so as to meet the high expectations of the user community
  • Support users through the role of local contact, thus gaining opportunities for collaborative work at the frontiers of the field
  • Develop your own research programme exploiting ID13’s unique technical possibilities in close collaboration with the beamline team

Further information may be obtained from Manfred Burghammer (tel.: +33 (0)4 76 88 2724, email:

Expected profile

  • PhD in a STEM field and several years of postdoctoral experience in chemistry, physics, biology, or another closely related field
  • Experience with X-ray diffraction/scattering, X-ray optics, or related experimental techniques and complementary methods like X-Ray fluorescence analysis would be desirable
  • A background in scientific programming would be an asset
  • Ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff and facility users
  • Good time management skills and ability to prioritize
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

Working conditions

The monthly salary may be complemented by additional allowances upon eligibility. The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

The position will be open until filled.

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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