Beamline technician for the Small-Angle Scattering Beamline ID02

Context & Job description

You will participate in the maintenance and development of the beamline, provide support to the beamline scientific staff and external scientific visitors, and closely interact with various ESRF support groups in seeking timely help for repairs and preventive maintenance tasks. Together with the beamline scientists, you will be required to participate in the development of sample environments specific to the beamline.

ID02 is a high resolution X-ray scattering instrument featuring a 34 m long detector tube combined with state-of-the-art detectors. The beamline is primarily dedicated to research on soft materials and biological specimens. Daily tasks include surveillance of correct functioning of ancillary equipment related to the detector tube and advanced X-ray detectors, and beamline vacuum system, management of sample shipment from users, and installation of sample environments for user experiments. In addition, during the synchrotron shutdown period you will be required to undertake essential repair tasks, preventive maintenance and if necessary installation of new equipment.  

Further information may be obtained from Dr. T. Narayanan (

Expected profile

  • You should hold a technical degree (BSc, Licence, HND, HNC, BTS, DUT, Bachelor, Meister, Vordiplom, Perito, Laurea Triennale, Diplomatura, Ingenieria Técnica or equivalent)
  • Prior experience as a beamline or laboratory technician will be an advantage
  • Basic knowledge of computing, electronic and vacuum equipment
  • Good technical skills in troubleshooting, assembling and installation of scientific equipment
  • Some knowledge of computer interfacing and programming will be a good asset
  • Ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff and facility users
  • Some 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 annual gross salary may be completed by additional allowances (shift allowance, standby allowance, 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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