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Thin-Film Coating Specialist

Context & Job description

As part of a small team specialised in the development of thin-film technolgies for X-ray optical applications, your principal mission will be to assist in the activities of the Multilayer Laboratory. You will report to the manager of the Multilayer Laboratory.

As a skilled engineer with a background in experimental physics, materials science or microelectronics processing, your missions will be the following:

  • Design, develop, deposit and characterise high quality multilayer based X-ray optics with applications for ESRF beamlines
  • Contribute to the characterisation, calibration and improvement of processing methods
  • Develop and optimize methods for thin-film deposition for X-ray applications
  • Act in an advisory role for thin-film deposition applications for scientists and engineers when required 

Expected profile

  • Engineering degree in Physics, Materials Sciences, Optics or a related field. A PhD would be an asset.
  • 3 years minimum of experience in one or more of the following areas: thin film deposition, X-ray optics, optical engineering, surface metrology
  • Previous practical experience in thin-film deposition and a sound understanding of the related instrumentation is required
  • Meticulous attention to detail is essential
  • Ability to handle high value, fragile optical components
  • Familiarity with the simulation and characterisation of thin-films for X-ray applications
  • Programming skills (particularly with Python) would be an advantage
  • An interest in improving existing technologies and exploring new processes for multilayer deposition
  • Ability to quickly understand technical requirements
  • Initiative, Communication, team spirit, methodical, organised
  • Project management skills
  • You should be an effective team worker practiced in trouble-shooting and capable of managing your time to conduct several tasks in parallel
  • Ability to publish results at international conferences and in scientific journals
  • Proficiency in English (spoken and written) is required (working language at the ESRF)

Working conditions

Permanent contract.

The salary will be calculated on the basis of relevant qualifications and professional experience.

Do you recognize yourself in this description? Apply now for your next professional adventure!

What we offer:

  1. Join an innovative international research institute, with a workforce from 38 different countries
  2. Collaborate with global experts to advance science and address societal challenges
  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

For further information on employment terms and conditions, please refer to https://www.esrf.fr/home/Jobs/what-we-offer.html

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

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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