Postdoctoral Fellow in the Structural Biology Group

Context & Job description

You will participate in ongoing in-house research programmes, beamline operation, provide support to external users as local contact, and develop your own research programme. The project, supported by the EU Pathfinder iSenseDNA grant, aims at the design, production and characterization of nanotransducers based on the interaction between supercoiled DNA and topoisomerases. The project will require sample preparation, and employ small angle scattering, and various biophysical techniques. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leading role in the project. As the ESRF is a leading service facility, the role of providing excellent support to our scientific community will also play a key part in the post-holder’s function: Synchrotron sources provide a key tool for the collection of structural data at different levels of resolution from even the most challenging samples. We thus seek to recruit a postdoc who is able to actively participate in the collaboration of the structural biology group together with the Partnership in for Structural Biology and the Partnership for Soft Condensed Matter. You will also be expected to develop, within a supportive environment, your current research interests in state-of-the-art methods of Structural Biology.

Further information may be obtained from Annalisa Pastore (tel.: +33 (0)4 76 88 24 21, email:

Expected profile

  • PhD in biology, chemistry, biophysics, or closely related science obtained less than 3 years ago
  • A strong background in protein production and molecular biology is desirable
  • Ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff and facility users
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

Working conditions

Contract of 18 months, renewable for a further 6 or 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...).
The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online at

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 21 countries, the ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

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