Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Metal Additive Manufacturing

Institut Laue-Langevin
Grenoble, France
Closing date
10 Feb 2023

Job Details

Your mission

The main objective of this position is to understand residual stress formation during additive manufacturing (AM) by means of neutrons and x-rays monitoring. This will allow to tailor residual stresses in the material and consequently to enhance its mechanical properties. The work is embedded in a direct collaboration with the Institute of Materials Physics in Space of German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne and the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin (BAM) for materials characterisation and AM powder-based process development.

Your tasks

Working within our Diffraction group on the strain diffractometer SALSA, your research program will focus on:

  • Residual stress mapping (ex-situ) and monitoring (in-situ) of various materials that are manufactured from powders (steel, Ti-based, bulk-metallic glass);
  • Operando studies on internal stresses development and phase formation using existing set-ups;
  • Assist the scientists in charge of SALSA when they welcome users on experiments with similar scientific scope, in order to further develop your- scientific network.

Your profile

  • Highly motivated candidate with a PhD (obtained less than 4 years ago) in physics, materials science or alike;
  • A strong background in experimental physics or materials science is a prerequisite;
  • Practical experience in diffraction methods and metal AM and/or solidification research would be advantageous;
  • 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). Knowledge of German would be an advantage.

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 18 months post-doctoral contract renewable for a further 6 to 18 months period, 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 12.02.2023, quoting reference number 23/02 with a list of publications and the names of 3 referees, including one from your present work place. Please note that all applicants are subject to administrative screening. For this post, medical fitness for work under ionising radiation is required.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Sandra Cabeza at (please do not send your application to this address).
We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity and therefore welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates.
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) - operates Europe's leading research facility for basic research with neutrons in Grenoble (France). The passion for progress and technology unites us and makes innovation in science and research possible every day. Let's work together to change our society and our world for the better.


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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