PhD thesis student ID18

Context & Job description

Subject: Elastic and plastic properties of iron alloys at extreme conditions

You will join the team of the Nuclear Resonance Scattering (ID18) beamline composed of 5 people and perform the research within the ERC-funded project LECOR (Light Elements in the Core). The project is aimed to refine compositional models of the Earth’s inner core, particularly the nature of its light elements. The candidate will conduct experiments to determine the elastic and plastic properties of various iron-bearing alloys and compounds at conditions of the deep Earth’s interior. Experiments at high pressure-temperature conditions will be performed at ID18 and also at other beamlines specializing in the experiments under extreme conditions.

Further information may be obtained from Alexander Chumakov (

Expected profile

  • We seek a highly motivated individual with a keen interest in experimental work and with the ability to work both independently and as a part of the team
  • The applicant should hold a degree allowing enrolment for a PhD (such as MSc, Master 2 de Recherche, Laurea or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, materials science or closely related science
  • Experience in high pressure, solid-state physics, nuclear resonance scattering, x-ray diffraction and/or other synchrotron techniques is desirable but not required
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF) and computational skills.

Working conditions

Contract of two years renewable (subject to satisfactory progress) for one year.

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.).

Your shall be enrolled in University of Münster, Institut für Mineralogie / Doctoral School as a condition of your hiring

The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

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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