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Research Scientist - Macromolecular crystallography

Institut Laue-Langevin
Grenoble, France
Closing date
6 Aug 2022
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Research Scientist - Macromolecular crystallography Fixed-term contract The LSS group's mission The LSS (Large Scale Structures) group comprises a range of instruments designed to carry out studies on the structure of matter on a scale of one to hundreds of nanometres. These include instruments for small-angle scattering, reflectometry and diffraction from single crystals or one or two-dimensionally ordered materials. The range of science covered is very broad, from polymer and colloid science through structural molecular biology to materials science and magnetic phenomena.

Working within the LSS Group in the field of Macromolecular Crystallography (MX), in addition to carrying out your own active research programme, you will be responsible for the tasks listed below.

Your tasks

  • Co-managing the LADI-DALI beamline, participating both in the day-to-day running of the instruments and their technical development;
  • Providing support to users for scientific experiments and helping them collect data under optimum conditions;
  • Promoting scientific partnerships in your field of research.

The LADI-DALI beamline comprises two quasi-Laue diffractometers (LADI and DALI), both dedicated to high-resolution crystallographic studies of biological macromolecules in order to locate H-atoms of special interest, providing information on protonation states, H-bonding and water molecule orientations that can be critical for understanding biomacromolecular function and behaviour.

Your profile

  • PhD in physics, biophysics or physical chemistry;
  • Experience of research in soft matter or biological systems at solid/liquid and/or liquid/gas interfaces;
  • General skills in method and/or software development would be an asset;
  • As an international research centre, we are particularly keen to ensure that we also attract applicants from outside France. You must have a sound knowledge of English and be willing to learn French (a language course will be paid for by the ILL).

What we offer

Quality of life - A hub for research and technology, the city of Grenoble is ideally located in the heart of the French Alps (just 3 hours from Paris/Provence by train, 1 hour from Lyon international airport and 1 ½ hours from Geneva). It is important for us that our staff achieve a healthy work-life balance. We therefore offer home working (under certain conditions), generous annual paid leave entitlement and a host of other benefits that you will discover when you arrive!

Prospects - We guarantee you a secure 3-year fixed-term contract renewable for a further 2-year period (under certain conditions) in a multicultural scientific environment.

Benefits - We offer generous social benefits (expatriation allowance, excellent health cover), moving and relocation assistance (under certain conditions) and an annual productivity bonus. We also offer language courses for you and your partner and subsidies for the use of public transport and the staff canteen, as well as for holidays and a variety of cultural and sports activities.

Sounds interesting?

Then why not take your next career step with us by applying online - preferably in English - via our career portal by 11.09.2022, quoting reference number 22/24 with a list of publications and the names of 3 referees, including one from your present work place. Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Giovanna FRAGNETO- Head of the LSS Group, tel: +33(0), email: or at: (please do not send your application to this email address).

Please note that all applicants are subject to administrative screening. For this post, medical fitness for work under ionising radiation is required. We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity and therefore welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates.


The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) is an international research centre at the leading edge of neutron science and technology. As the world’s flagship centre for neutron science, the ILL provides scientists with a very high flux of neutrons feeding some 40 state-of-the-art instruments, which are constantly being developed and upgraded.

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71 avenue des Martyrs
CS 20156
38042 Grenoble
Cedex 9
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