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Beamline scientist for the Structural Biology group

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Grenoble, France
Posting live until
7 Apr 2024

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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.

Serial Synchrotron Crystallography is a rapidly emerging technique in which the ESRF has plays a leading role thanks to the Extremely Brilliant Source upgrade ( ID29, the new beamline for serial and time-resolved macromolecular crystallography at room temperature, delivers an unprecedented flux density, allowing the recording of diffraction data from micron-sized samples in a few microseconds. Microfocus ID23-2 beamline offers one of the highest flux densities in the world in combination with high throughput sample handling and the ability to be a testbed for new delivery devices. Finally, microfocus MASSIF-3 beamline offers similar flux densities to ID23-2 with the additional feature of having been adapted to serial injection experiments. Beamline operations are supported by a dedicated sample preparation laboratory where the most suitable crystal delivery systems can be prepared and characterised prior to experiments.

As beamline scientist the main duties will be:

  • Develop new methods and instrumentations for time resolved and serial crystallography for the Structural Biology beamlines;
  • Collaborate with the ESRF software engineers for the development of new tools for data acquisition and data analysis;
  • Develop a strong research programme and participate in the in-house research projects in collaboration with the Structural Biology laboratory and the other beamline scientists;
  • Operate the time resolved and Serial crystallography beamlines and support the user programme as local contact.

For further information please contact M. Soler-Lopez ( or M. Nanao (

  • PhD in chemistry, physics, biophysics, biology or closely related science;
  • Experience with large scale facility instrumentations development and commissioning;
  • Strong background in X-ray crystallography and serial crystallography;
  • Strong interest in new method development;
  • Ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff and facility users;
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF).

5-year contract.

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.


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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