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Instrument Co-responsible SALSA

Institut Laue-Langevin
Grenoble, France
Posting live until
17 Apr 2024

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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.

Instrument Co-responsible SALSA (5-year fixed-term scientist position)

Core mission

SALSA is the ILL’s stress imager dedicated to the determination of mechanical stresses in a broad range of applications in terms of components and materials. It is designed for diffraction measurements on “real” engineering components and optimised for stress determination in metallic materials.

Your tasks

Working within the Diffraction Group, you will act as ‘Instrument Co-responsible’ for the diffractometer SALSA. In addition to actively pursuing your own programme of research, you will be responsible for:

  • Co-developing SALSA as well as acting as Local Contact for the instrument;
  • Managing the instrument, participating both in its day-to-day running and its 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;
  • Participating in the longer term development of sample environment and data analysis;
  • Working within the Diffraction team (Instrument Scientists, Scientific Collaborators, Engineers, Software Developers) and with scientists and other ILL staff members to develop a strong scientific programme using SALSA;
  • Promoting and supporting the use of SALSA by industrial partners.

Your profile

  • You have a PhD in physics, materials science or engineering (or equivalent) focussing on applied or industrial research;
  • Strong scientific background and expert knowledge of diffraction and residual stress analysis methods;
  • Some crystallographic background and interest that drives you to use powder diffraction or single crystal methods to investigate crystal structure and microstructure and phase composition and to monitor transitions in in situ experiments;
  • Scientific and technical interests ranging from strain imaging to mechanical engineering;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills allowing you to collaborate easily with different communities, such as fundamental scientists, on the one hand, and industrial customers, on the other.

This post represents an excellent opportunity for a scientist to develop his/her expertise, broaden his/her experience and interact with leading scientists from around the world.

Applications would also be welcomed from experienced scientists able to obtain a secondment period from their home institution.

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!


  • We guarantee you a stable 5-year scientist position in a multicultural scientific environment.


  • 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 14.04.2024, quoting reference number 24/09 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 (background checks). 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.

Company info
71 avenue des Martyrs
CS 20156
38042 Grenoble
Cedex 9

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