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Postdoctoral fellow on ID12, the circular polarisation beamline Ref: PDID12-2

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Grenoble, France
Posting live until
22 Oct 2022

Job Details

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 join the team in charge of operating and upgrading the ESRF beamline ID12, which is dedicated to polarisation dependent X-ray spectroscopies in the energy range between 2 and 15 keV. This method provides unique insights to understand fundamental properties of matter via various order parameters, e.g., spin and orbital moments, electric dipole moment, orbital anapole etc. Matter often reveals new intriguing properties when subjected to extreme conditions such as high magnetic field, electric field and high pressure in combination with low temperature. The beamline offers unique possibilities to study magnetic and electronic properties of matter exploiting polarization dependent X-ray absorption and/or diffraction under applied magnetic field of up to 17 Tesla, at temperatures down to 2 K and under pressures above 50 GPa. In joining the beamline team, you will participate in this exciting research programme and in the support for external users, in further developments of the experimental techniques at the beamline, and follow your own research project.

Further information on the post can be obtained from Andrei Rogalev (tel.: +33(0)4 76 88 21 32, email:

  • Candidates should hold a PhD in Physics, Chemistry or closely related science obtained less than 3 years ago;
  • Experience in areas such as X-ray spectroscopy and/or scattering is desired;
  • A solid background in condensed matter physics is equally important;
  • Proficiency in English, the working language of the ESRF.

Contract of 18 months, renewable for a further 6 or 18-month period.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package designed to support your quality of life and your installation in the Grenoble area when relocation is needed.

The monthly salary may be complemented by additional allowances upon eligibility (expatriation allowance, etc...).

If you are interested in this position, please apply online at


ESRF imageThe ESRF is a landmark for fundamental and innovation-driven research, providing scientists from all over the world with the most brilliant X-rays to unveil the structure of materials and the mechanisms of life, down to atomic resolution. Our teams contribute to addressing the complex global challenges that our society faces.

Why work for us
For more than 30 years, the ESRF has enabled major scientific breakthroughs in the understanding of living and condensed matter. With its new Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS), the ESRF is opening new vistas for X-ray science, providing a growing community of scientists with unique facilities to tackle the complex global challenges facing our society. Scientific and technical interdisciplinarity are at the core of the ESRF’s success.

Training and development
The ESRF provides a unique and vibrant setting for early-career scientists, engineers and technical staff to train and develop their scientifc and technical abilities, thus driving the transfer of expertise to other research projects, to industry and to society at large. At the ESRF, we dedicate a significant part of our yearly budget to training our staff. Our human resources policy encourages internal mobility and many of our staff members have the opportunity to change jobs during their career.

Graduate schemes
The ESRF supports many initiatives and public events aimed at sharing knowledge of science and engaging with a diverse range of audiences, including school students and young children. At the heart of this mission, the ESRF offers different educational programmes for students of all levels.

Each year, the HERCULES European school, the Joint Universities Accelerator School, and the joint International Summer Student programme that we run with the Institut Laue-Langevin, offer introductory lectures and specialized courses, practical sessions, tutorials and visits to other European research facilities.

What we are looking for
We are looking for passionate and curious people who are eager to collaborate in an eminently international open environment.

We welcome people who wish to contribute to a better understanding of the world around us and to inspire and drive progress.

We welcome people in many different disciplines (e.g. science, engineering, management) who contributes, through their diversity (gender, nationality, language, culture) and their professional skills to push the frontiers of science.

Grenoble, France

Number of employees

Main areas of research
The ESRF has defined seven EBS Science goals, in line with UNESCO’s objectives for sustainable development and with the global challenges identifed by the EU’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme:

  • Health innovation, overcoming diseases and pandemics
  • Materials for tomorrow’s innovative and sustainable industry
  • Clean energy transition, sustainable energy storage and clean hydrogen technologies
  • Planetary research and geoscience
  • Environmental and climatic challenges
  • Bio-based economy and food security
  • Humanity and world cultural heritage

Positions recently recruited for
Scientists, postdocs, PhD students, engineers, technicians, administration, management

Desired degree disciplines/class
From apprenticeship to PhD, in various disciplines (e.g. science, engineering, management, administration)

How to apply
Apply online at For further information contact

Closing date
All year round

Tel +33 04 76 88 20 19

Company info
71 avenue des Martyrs
CS 40220
Cedex 9

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