European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

PhD Thesis Student (f/m) on ID16B in the X-ray nano-probe group and the SIMAP laboratory at the UGA

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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.

Thesis subject: Synchrotron nano-imaging informed tailoring of additive manufacturing microstructures against strain localization 

Beamline ID16B is dedicated to hard X-ray nano-analysis, combining X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and 3D/4D X-ray nano-imaging (nano-CT) techniques. The instrument enables world-leading research across a wide range of scientific disciplines such as earth and environmental science, life science and materials science. ID16B is exploiting a wide energy range from 6 to 33 keV while routinely providing beamsizes down to 50 nm. It can accommodate sample environments (furnace, cryostat, electrochemical cells...) providing unique in situ nano-analysis capabilities.

You will join a collaboration between the ESRF and the SIMAP laboratory from the University Grenoble Alpes to tailor additive manufacturing microstructures against strain localization. You will design different microstructures of aluminum alloys by L-PBF and conduct in situ 3D nano-imaging tensile experiments to characterize them. You will develop new experimental AI based numerical strategies to have a multi-scale correlation approach. The project will represent a significant step towards designing Al alloys for laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing with targeted mechanical behavior.

Further information may be obtained from Julie Villanova (tel.: +33 (0)4 76 88 23 46; email:, Pierre Lhuissier ( and Guilhem Martin (

- Degree allowing enrollment for a PhD (such as MSc, Master 2 de Recherche, Laurea or equivalent) in physics, chemistry, materials science or closely related science

- A background in metallurgy and image analysis is recommended

- Aptitudes in programming (Python) are a plus

- Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

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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PhD Thesis Student (f/m) on ID16B in the X-ray nano-probe group and the SIMAP laboratory at the UGA
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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