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Post-Doctoral Fellow (m/f) for the time-resolved beamline ID09TR - Ref PDID09TR-2
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.

You will join the effort of the group to upgrade the performance of the experimental end-stations and to develop experimental techniques for measuring the structural evolution as a function of time. The structural changes are normally initiated by short laser pulses and the evolving structure probed by short delayed x-ray pulses. A fast movie can then be assembled by stitching together “snapshots” at different delays. The beamline scientists are currently working on phase transitions in solids including nanoparticles and nanowires and on the structure of molecules in solution.

You will also be encouraged to develop your own research projects, which should exploit the unique ID09TR beamline capabilities (for further information about the instrument/instrumentation please consult:


You should hold a PhD in physics or physical chemistry or closely related science. A strong background in diffraction or scattering techniques is desirable.

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.


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.

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

Ref. PDID09TR-2 - Deadline for returning application forms:
15 November 2012

Date Posted: October 24, 2012