Postdoctoral Fellow at the nanodiffraction imaging beamline ID01 in the X-ray Nanoprobe group

Context & Job description

ID01 is a beamline that delivers sub-micron sized x-ray beams and aims to exploit the capabilities of local diffraction, coherent diffraction and full field microscopy techniques. These methods can generally be described as strain microscopy with differing fields of view and resolutions. ID01 is competitive over a wide energy regime reaching from 7 to 35 keV and can accommodate sample environments while routinely offering beamsizes down to 30 nm. As one of the world-leading facilities in the exploitation of coherent nanobeams we are also actively working on algorithms used in the analysis of coherent scattering patterns. In collaboration with the ESRF sample environment group and local collaborators, we are also developing sample environments for the specific needs of nano-beam diffraction.

You will develop your own research project in collaboration with the ID01 team and its scientific collaborators, bring in your own field of expertise and creativity and join the groups research effort as a collaborator and contributor.

Exploiting these unique capacities, you will participate in beamline operation, assisting scientists from our international user community for the preparation of their experiments. Their applications typically range from solar cells, microelectronic devices, ferroelectrics, metallurgy, to wet and dry chemical processes, e.g. as observed in batteries or under catalytic reaction. 

Further information may be obtained from T. Schülli (tel.: +33 (0)4 76 88 22 80, email:

Expected profile

  • PhD in physics, chemistry, material science, or closely related science obtained less than 3 years ago
  • A strong background in x-ray diffraction would be desirable
  • Team player, ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff and facility users
  • Data science related skills appreciated, python is an advantage
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

Working conditions

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

What we offer:

  1. Be inspired by our innovative research institute, with an international workforce from 38 different countries
  2. Collaborate with global experts on real-world science
  3. Come and live in a vibrant city, in the heart of the Alps, and Europe's Green Capital 2022
  4. Enjoy a workplace designed to support your quality of life
  5. Benefit from our competitive compensation and allowances package, including financial support for your relocation to Grenoble

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The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from disabled persons.

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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