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Beamline Scientist (m/f) for the ID16B beamline - Ref 2104
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 be involved in the installation, commissioning and operation of the beamline. Once operational, you will provide scientific and technical support to users. You will assist in the beamline development and maintenance, devising strategies for user-friendly operation. There will be opportunity to participate in ID16B related research and development projects, and to pursue your own research projects, which exploit the specific instrumentation of the station. 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 on X-ray computed tomography, diffraction and/or fluorescence-based 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, biology, geology or a related discipline. You must have relevant synchrotron research experience on X-ray microscopy, X-ray imaging and/or X-ray diffraction techniques, as well as demonstrated ability to develop a research programme and successful scientific publication record. Background in tomography data processing and analysis will be 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.

Appointments are for a fixed period of up to 5 years.

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

Ref. 2104 - Deadline for returning application forms:
15 September 2013

Date Posted: August 1, 2013