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Scientific Instrument Technician

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Indefinite-term contract


The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) is an international research organisation at the forefront of neutron science and technology. Come and join the ILL’s Advanced Neutron Environment Service (SANE), responsible for the development, maintenance and user support for equipment used to subject samples to extreme temperature conditions (30 mK to 2000 K). The equipment is used not only for cryogenics, intense magnetic fields (40 T), high temperature and high pressure (220 kbar), but also for humidity, electric fields, etc.

Principally working in the laboratory and the experimental halls, your duties will be to:

  • Maintain, fix, repair and configure cryogenic equipment;
  • Provide support to your colleagues and scientists in order to ensure the proper functioning of the experimental programmes;
  • Draft and update technical documentation and occasionally conduct internal training sessions;
  • Contribute to the development of new sample environments;
  • Work in collaboration with your team to fix and resolve technical issues;
  • You have a Level 5/6 qualification (HND, NVQ, undergraduate degree or equivalent) in physical measurements and instrumentation or equivalent;
  • You have at least five years of professional experience in the area;
  • You have good mechanical skills and a genuine desire to gain more advanced knowledge, such as in TIG welding, brazing, industrial drawing, etc.;
  • Knowledge and/or experience of cryogenics and vacuum technology (helium leak detection, etc.) would be an advantage.
  • You should be organised, enjoy working in a team and have a service-oriented attitude;
  • You are a good listener and have excellent interpersonal skills.


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 secure position on an indefinite-term contract 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.

Klingt das interessant für Sie?

Then why not take your next career step with us by applying online via our career portal by 09.06.2024, quoting reference number 24/16.

Please note that all applicants are subject to administrative screening (background checks). For this post, medical fitness for work under ionising radiation is required, as well as a few weeks of on-call duties per year.

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.

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71 avenue des Martyrs
CS 20156
38042 Grenoble
Cedex 9

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