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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.

The ESRF’s ambitious upgrade programme ESRF-EBS has replaced the old X-ray source with a new, first-of-its-kind storage ring, which is enabling ground-breaking science. As part of the programme, a new experiment control system was developed with an object-oriented and plug-in based scanning and sequencing engine written in Python and using Tango as the high-level distributed system. The new experiment control system is today in operation on more than 35 beamlines with an increasing number of high-speed data acquisition systems which require online data reduction or online data analysis. As part of a team of 18 software engineers who constitute the Beamline Control Unit (BCU), you will contribute to these developments. You will be responsible for the planning, implementation and commissioning of the core beamline control system. The development of new control system features required and the development and installation of challenging data acquisition systems will also be part of the work.

The BCU is responsible for the control system of all beamlines at the ESRF. As a member, you will also participate in the help-desk and standby service for scientific experiments.

Your missions will be the following:

  • Develop, document and provide support for the BLISS control system;
  • Ensure packaging and distribution of BLISS;
  • Prioritise development tasks with the beamline scientists;
  • Develop new high-speed data acquisition tools in BLISS and the necessary on-line data analysis features, in collaboration with other BCU members and other development teams;
  • Coordinate the data definitions for all online and offline data produced by BLISS (Data Policy, Data Catalogue filling, Meta Data writing and data structure for online data analysis);
  • Coordinate external collaborations involving BLISS;
  • Higher university degree (Master or equivalent diploma worth at least 300 ECTS) in Software engineering or related discipline;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in software development;
  • Excellent skills in Python programming, object-oriented software architecture and quality assurance;
  • Experience in the field of distributed control systems and software design;
  • A genuine interest in the development of generic software tools and the ability to synthesize requirements from the requests of a large number of users are required;
  • As a member of a support team, a service oriented attitude is a must;
  • Curiosity and good communication skills are required, so that you may interact with people of different domains such as physicists, electronics and software engineers;
  • Proficiency in English (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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