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Beamline Scientist (m/f) for the soft interfaces and coherent scattering beamline (ID10) - 2131
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:

As a Beamline Scientist, your primary role is to provide support to external users acting as a local contact and perform in-house research. In addition, you will be required to contribute to the maintenance and further development of the beamline and sample environments together with other beamline staff. Your research activities should be focused on exploiting coherent scattering techniques, such as CDI and XPCS, for the investigation of structure and dynamics of complex soft matter and disordered media which should remain in the forefront of respective fields. Current in-house research programme includes dynamics of gels, colloidal suspensions, colloidal and molecular glasses, super-cooled liquids, high resolution 3D imaging of biological specimens and non-periodic objects.

ID10 is a multi-purpose high brilliance beamline with two experimental end stations: one for high-resolution X-ray scattering and surface diffraction on liquid and solid interfaces and another for coherent small-angle X-ray scattering, X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy and coherent diffraction imaging. The beamline is primarily dedicated to soft matter science and related areas by applying coherent scattering and grazing incidence scattering techniques.


You should have a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry or Biology or a closely related subject. You should have experience in applying coherent X-ray scattering techniques to study soft matter or related systems. You are expected to have strong aptitudes for instrumentation, scattering data analysis and modelling. Experience in design, installation and operation of synchrotron radiation beamlines will be an advantage. Good communication abilities are essential to integrate into a multidisciplinary and international research team.

Job Application:

The working language of the ESRF is English. The ESRF shares a site with several other major European scientific institutes and it offers an exciting opportunity in an international atmosphere. For further information on employment terms and conditions, please refer to The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from disabled persons.

The appointment will be for a fixed term of up to five years. However, applicants with outstanding credentials and good publication record may be considered for a permanent appointment.

If you are interested in this position, please apply on-line at this address:

Ref. 2131 - Deadline for returning application forms:
12 November 2012

Date Posted: October 3, 2012