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Two Theory Scientists or Postdoctoral Fellows (m/f) - Ref 2143 & 2152
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 Theory Group is recruiting two theoretical condensed matter physicists with ambitious and original research projects in the following areas (non-exhaustive list): magnetism, correlated electron systems, nanostructures, ultrafast dynamics, condensed matter under extreme conditions, etc. As one of the tasks of the Theory Group is to provide theoretical support to ESRF experimental scientists and users, research projects related to experimental activities at ESRF beamlines are particularly welcome.The ESRF is a research facility with a strong in-house research programme. It supports scientists in the implementation of fundamental and applied research in the fields of solid state physics, chemistry, soft matter, biology, etc. Since its inception, the Theory Group has focused on the structure and electronic properties of condensed matter. It closely collaborates with the Theory Group of the neighbouring Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL). The ESRF Theory Group has a staff of four scientists and post-doctoral fellows. In addition, a visiting scientist programme is supported.


You should hold a PhD in physics. The following qualities are essential: the ability to interact with staff and facility users at all levels, and the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

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.


Depending upon your qualifications and experience, you may apply for a Scientist position or a Post-Doc position. Appointments are for a period from 3 to 5 years for a scientist position; post-doc positions entail a 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. 2143 & 2152 - Deadline for returning application forms:
18 March 2013

Date Posted: February 6, 2013