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Beamline scientist (m/f) in the Structural Biology Group - Ref 2123
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:

The ESRF is in the process of renewing its beamline portfolio. As part of this initiative the Structural Biology Group will create a new suite of state-of-the-art beamlines for Macromolecular Crystallography (MX). Additional efforts in sample handling and in the development of advanced experimental protocols are also foreseen. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leading role in these developments. As the ESRF is a leading service facility, the role of providing excellent support to our scientific community will also play a key part in the post-holder’s function.

Getting the best data from crystals of biological macromolecules is a difficult task. Synchrotron sources provide a key tool for the collection of such data from even the most challenging of samples. For the ESRF to continue to develop its expertise in this area we seek to recruit an experienced Scientist to lead developments in the use of synchrotron light for MX. Together with the opportunity to exploit and extend your knowledge of advanced synchrotron instrumentation you will work as a member of a team dedicated to bringing the best tools possible to the European MX Community. You will also be expected to develop, within a supportive environment, your current research interests in state-of-the-art methods for MX.


You should hold a PhD degree in Structural Biology and a have a proven track record in the development of synchrotron instrumentation.


The following qualities are essential for the post-holder:

  • good time management skills and ability to prioritise tasks.
  • ability to interact with staff and facility users at all levels
  • ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

·        Capacity to lead complicated multi-faceted projects.

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.

The appointment is for a fixed period of up to 5 years.  However, applicants with outstanding credentials may be considered for a permanent appointment.

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

Ref. 2123 - Deadline for returning application forms: 11 March 2013

Date Posted: February 6, 2013