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Post-Doctoral Fellow (m/f) for Time Resolved and Extreme Conditions Science on the XAS beamlines ID24 and BM23
Employer: ESRF
Location: Grenoble, France
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:

The ESRF is a multinational research institute, situated in Grenoble, France and financed by 19 countries mostly European. It operates a powerful synchrotron X-ray source with some 30 beamlines (instruments) covering a wide range of scientific research in fields such as biology and medicine, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, materials and surface science, and physics. The ESRF employs about 600 staff and is organized as a French société civile.

Job Description:

You will participate in ongoing in-house research programmes, the running of the beamline, providing support to external users as local contact, and develop your own research programme. In particular, you will join in the effort of the group to exploit the newly upgraded x-ray absorption beamlines to perform world leading science at extreme conditions of pressure (> 100GPa), temperature (> 4000K)  and magnetic field (> 30T). An emerging area of research is devoted to probing states of matter so extreme they can be produced only for a very limited time (ns-ms), exploiting the new time resolution capabilities of ID24. For further information about the instrument/instrumentation please consult Experiments /Beamlines


Contract of 18 months, renewable for a further 6 to 18 month-period. Only candidates holding a Ph.D. obtained less than 3 years ago are eligible for Post-doctoral positions.



You should hold a PhD in chemistry, physics, or closely related science. A strong background in synchrotron radiation and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy is desirable. Previous experience in time-resolved or high pressure XAS spectroscopy would be an advantage. Imagination, drive, scientific flair and a willingness and ability to work closely with other members of the group are very important. In parallel with a strong desire to explore new and original scientific ideas, a strong technical background is essential to develop this emerging activity. Please include in your application a statement of your future scientific goals as well as information about your relevant skills, particularly those pertaining to research at extreme conditions.


Job Application:

The working language of the ESRF is English. For further information on employment terms and conditions, please refer to The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from disabled persons.

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


Ref. PDID24-2- Deadline for returning application forms:
10 May 2012

Date Posted: March 28, 2012