Beamline Scientist (m/f) for the Small-Angle Scattering Beamline ID02

01 Sep 2021
01 Oct 2021

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 22 countries, the ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

ID02 is a high-resolution time-resolved SAXS/WAXS/USAXS instrument featuring a 34 m long detector tube combined with state-of-the-art detectors. In addition, XPCS can be performed in the SAXS/USAXS configuration. The beamline is primarily dedicated to research on soft materials and biological specimens.

Your primary missions as a Beamline Scientist will be to

  • Provide support to external users acting as a local contact and be actively involved in the operation of the beamline
  • Contribute to the maintenance and development of the beamline, new sample environments and data analysis methods, together with other beamline staff
  • Develop your own in-house research programme, which should remain at the forefront of soft matter or biophysical science.

Current in-house research topics include dynamics of active colloids, spontaneous self-assembly processes in amphiphilic systems, and the interplay between microstructure and rheology in complex fluids. Your research programme should be focused on exploiting high resolution and time-resolved scattering methods for the investigation of the structure and dynamics of soft matter or biological systems that will further diversify current beamline activities.

The appointment will be for a fixed term of up to five years. Further information about this post can be obtained from Dr. T. Narayanan (

  • PhD in Physics or Chemistry or Biology or a closely related subject
  • Several years of postdoctoral experience, especially in applying X-ray scattering techniques to study soft matter or related systems
  • A strong aptitude for synchrotron beamline instrumentation including programming skills
  • Sound knowledge of scattering data analysis and modelling will be essential for the in-house research and user support
  • Ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff and facility users
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

Temporary position.

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.).