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Thin-Film Coating Specialist

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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.

As part of a small team specialised in the development of thin-film technolgies for X-ray optical applications, your principal mission will be to assist in the activities of the Multilayer Laboratory. You will report to the manager of the Multilayer Laboratory.

As a skilled engineer with a background in experimental physics, materials science or microelectronics processing, your missions will be the following:

  • Design, develop, deposit and characterise high quality multilayer based X-ray optics with applications for ESRF beamlines;
  • Contribute to the characterisation, calibration and improvement of processing methods;
  • Develop and optimize methods for thin-film deposition for X-ray applications;
  • Act in an advisory role for thin-film deposition applications for scientists and engineers when required ;
  • Engineering degree in Physics, Materials Sciences, Optics or a related field. A PhD would be an asset;
  • 3 years minimum of experience in one or more of the following areas: thin film deposition, X-ray optics, optical engineering, surface metrology;
  • Previous practical experience in thin-film deposition and a sound understanding of the related instrumentation is required;
  • Meticulous attention to detail is essential;
  • Ability to handle high value, fragile optical components;
  • Familiarity with the simulation and characterisation of thin-films for X-ray applications;
  • Programming skills (particularly with Python) would be an advantage;
  • An interest in improving existing technologies and exploring new processes for multilayer deposition;
  • Ability to quickly understand technical requirements;
  • Initiative, Communication, team spirit, methodical, organised;
  • Project management skills;
  • You should be an effective team worker practiced in trouble-shooting and capable of managing your time to conduct several tasks in parallel;
  • Ability to publish results at international conferences and in scientific journals;
  • Proficiency in English (spoken and written) is required (working language at the ESRF).

Permanent 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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