European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

BeamLine Operation Manager (BLOM) on ID20

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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. 

Beamline ID20 is dedicated to the study of electronic and magnetic excitations via hard X-ray resonant and non-resonant inelastic scattering (X-ray Raman) spectroscopy. The main scientific areas of application are condensed matter physics, geo- and earth-sciences, materials sciences, chemistry (including energy storage and conversion), and cultural heritage.

You will be strongly involved in the instrumental developments and maintenance of the beamline ID20. You will participate in the ongoing in-house research programme, enhance the operation of the beamline, and provide support to external user groups as local contact.

You will play a major role in the operation, commissioning, maintenance, and further development of ID20 stations. User support will be a key activity, which will provide opportunities for collaborative work at the frontiers of the respective field. Time will be set aside for in-house research and, as beamline operation manager, you will be given the opportunity to participate in the beamline's research programme in close collaboration with the beamline team and external users.

Further information may be obtained from Christoph Sahle (tel.: +33 (0)4 76 88 2711, email: 

- You hold a higher university degree (Master or equivalent diploma offering 300 ECTS) in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a closely related scientific discipline. A PhD would be an asset.

- Knowledge of beamline instrumentation, and proven experience in beamline alignment and operation, X-ray optics (including dynamical theory of diffraction), methodological development and modeling, data acquisition, data processing, and computer programming are highly desirable skills.

- A minimum of five years of experience in hard X-ray inelastic scattering as well as the ability to interact with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural staff and facility users is essential.

- English proficiency (working language at the ESRF).

- Good scientific writing skills are an asset 

Permanent contract.

The salary will be calculated on the basis of relevant qualifications and professional experience.

Do you recognize yourself in this description? Apply now for your next professional adventure!

What we offer:

- Join an innovative international research institute, with a workforce from 38 different countries

- Collaborate with global experts to advance science and address societal challenges

- 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 Operation Manager (BLOM) on ID20
71 avenue des Martyrs Grenoble, France
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The ESRF is an X-ray light source for Europe. It is located in Grenoble, France, and supported and shared by 20 countries.

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