European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

Beamline scientist, microtomography beamline BM18

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The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, is an international research centre based in Grenoble, France.

Through its innovative engineering, pioneering scientific vision and a strong commitment from its 700 staff members, the ESRF is recognised as one of the top research facilities worldwide. Its particle accelerator produces intense X-ray beams that are used by thousands of scientists each year for experiments in diverse fields such as biology, medicine, environmental sciences, cultural heritage, materials science, and physics.

Supported by 21 countries, the ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

You will play a major role in the operation and further development of the BM18 beamline by being in charge of the material science research programme.

The beamline's main technique is hierarchical phase-contrast tomography on large objects. Its main applications are material sciences, biomedical imaging, natural and cultural heritage and geosciences. BM18 is also strongly involved in industrial activities. You will be in charge of the material sciences applications, for both academic and industrial users, together with the other members of the team. For some specific experiments, you would work from time to time on the BM05 beamline .

As a Beamline Scientist, your mission is the following:

- Manage the continuous technical upgrade and development of the instrument together with the other beamline scientists, industrial engineer and post-docs, so as to meet the high expectations of the user community.

- Support users through the role of local contact, thus gaining opportunities for collaborative work at the frontiers of the field.

- Develop your own research programme exploiting BM18's unique technical possibilities, in the material sciences field.

Further information may be obtained from Paul Tafforeau (tel.: +33 (0)4 38 88 19 74, email:

- PhD in physics or materials research and several years of postdoctoral experience in materials research, physics, or another closely related field

- Experience in X-ray microtomography, ideally using synchrotron sources

- A background in programming and/or large data handling would be an asset

- Ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff and facility users

- High motivation, including for industrial activities that are typically not leading to publications

- Good time management skills and ability to prioritize

- Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

5-year contract.

What we offer:

- Be inspired by our innovative research institute, with an international workforce from 38 different countries

- Collaborate with global experts on real-world science

- Come and live in a vibrant city, in the heart of the Alps, and Europe's Green Capital 2022

- Enjoy a workplace designed to support your quality of life

- Benefit from our competitive compensation and allowances package, including financial support for your relocation to Grenoble For further information on employment terms and conditions, please refer to

The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from disabled persons.

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Beamline scientist, microtomography beamline BM18
71 avenue des Martyrs Grenoble, France
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