Postdoctoral Fellow for the time-resolved beamline ID09 M / F

Context & Job description

You will participate in the operation of the beamline, ongoing in-house research programmes, provide support to external users as local contact, and develop your own research programme. Together with the beamline scientists, you will be required to participate in the development of data analysis methods and sample environments specific to the beamline.

ID09 is a beamline for time-resolved experiments primarily performed using the pump-probe method, with short laser pulses starting a process which is probed by short X-ray pulses. The beamline has pico and nanosecond lasers and chopper systems in order to isolate 100 picosecond X-ray pulses in the synchrotron beam. The beamline is used to study physics in solids, chemistry and biology solution and serial crystallography. The overall goal is to record how the structure of matter evolves following a perturbation by a short laser pulse. The structure can be probed by diffraction, scattering or emission spectroscopy. Current in-house research topics include electron transfer reactions in metal complexes, protein dynamics in solution and in crystals and phase diagram mapping by dynamic compression.  

You will join the staff in this work and you are encouraged to develop your own research exploiting the unique capabilities on the beamline. For further information about the instrumentation, please take a look at:

Further information about the post can be obtained from Matteo Levantino ( and Michael Wulff (

Expected profile

  • PhD in Physics, Chemistry or Biophysics obtained less than 3 years ago
  • Experience in X-ray diffraction or scattering
  • Experience with pulsed lasers is an advantage. 
  • Interest in instrumentation and data analysis
  • Ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff and users
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

Working conditions

Contract of 18 months, renewable for a further 6 to 18 month period.

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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