Automation and control technician

Context & Job description

You will join a team of ten engineers and technicians in charge of the design, assembly, characterization, installation and maintenance of magnets and X-ray sources (so-called undulators) in the accelerator complex of the ESRF. The team has developed a large experience in the production and measurement of complex magnetic systems. The control of these devices has to be integrated in a complex architecture aiming at optimizing the operation and fitting as best as possible to the needs of the light source users. This involves a close collaboration between the team and the software groups from the accelerator and the beamlines’ units.

Your missions will be the following:

  • Define specifications
  • Develop, program and test the low-level control of undulators
  • Procure the ID control components
  • Install and commission the equipment
  • Write documentation
  • Maintain and update the control of existing devices

Expected profile

  • Vocational secondary education in electronics (BTS/DUT/Techniker or equivalent...)
  • at least 15 years of professional experience
  • Experience in electrical engineering and Programmable Logic Controllers programming,
  • Experience in maintenance would be an asset,
  • Adaptability, team work capability and good communication skills with international scientific and technical staff are essential
  • Ability to communicate in English (working language at the ESRF) and in French

Working conditions

Permanent position. Part of your work could be carried out in shifts, following ESRF regulations.

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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