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Post-Doctoral fellow (m/f) for the ID16B beamline - ref PDID16B-1
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 20 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 assist in the installation, commissioning and operation of the beamline. Once operational, you will take an active role in beamline activities, developments and support to external users. You will pursue your own in-house research programme, specifically developing X-ray nano-spectroscopy with a focus on nanotechnology-related subjects combined with light emission techniques.  In particular, you will support research in areas with a very large scientific and social impact such as bio-medicine, materials for energy and/or nanotechnology. These disciplines seek for non-destructive investigation of the spatial distribution, concentration and speciation of trace elements to be correlated to the morphology and crystallographic orientations at the nanometer level. Innovative programmes employing X-Ray Excited Optical Luminescence (XEOL) for imaging and/or time-resolved XEOL related techniques will be strongly encouraged.


The ESRF is currently constructing a hard X-ray nanoprobe beamline ID16B based on a canted undulator approach. ID16B aims to provide beam sizes from 50 nm to 1 μm in the energy range of 5-70 keV, giving significant emphasis to in-situ experiments. ID16B will be dedicated to hard X-ray nano-analysis, consisting of the combination of X-ray fluorescence, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and 2D/3D X-ray imaging techniques. The station will enable world-leading research across a wide range of scientific disciplines from earth and environmental science to life science and materials science.


You should hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in physics, materials science or a related discipline. Previous experience in photon spectroscopy (X-rays, UV, visible, IR) is requested. Background and experience in nanotechnology-related subjects is considered an asset.


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. PDID16B-1- Deadline for returning application forms:
15 September 2013

Date Posted: August 1, 2013