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Business development engineer for the Business Development Office

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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 appointed Business Development Engineer will lead the establishment and implementation of a comprehensive business development strategy within the realm of nanotechnology and nanoscience, with the overarching goal of establishing a sustainable Open Innovation Test Bed within the collaborative framework of the consortia. This attempt will be undertaken within the scope of the NFFA-Europe Pilot (NEP), RIANA, and NanoMECommons (NMC) projects, prominent initiatives funded by the EC under Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe frameworks.

Within the framework of NFFA and RIANA, the Business Development Engineer will spearhead the promotion of the Consortiums’ technical solutions toward the industrial community, aiming at boosting the engagement and accessibility for private companies. Operating in a collaborative environment, she/he will also provide support to consortium partners in their promotional activities.

Regarding NMC, the Business Development Engineer will focus on valorising and promoting the technical solutions offered by ESRF in the field of nano-mechanics. This involves identifying industrial needs, defining market positioning, and fostering the growth of industrial activities within the project.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing a commercial development plan for the nanotechnology domain, including a comprehensive marketing strategy;
  • Promoting NEP and RIANA offerings to the industrial community and aiding in the marketing activities of project partners, along with contributing to the creation of marketing materials;
  • Collaborating with NMC partners to exploit the instruments developed by ESRF for the target community;
  • Cultivating and nurturing high-potential industrial relationships in the short and medium term within NMC;
  • Organising meetings and facility visits for customers and industrial partners;
  • Planning, promoting, and executing events, workshops, and participation in relevant conferences and trade fairs in nanotechnology and related fields;
  • Contributing to project reporting activities.

The candidate will be based within the Business Development Office (BDO) of ESRF and will dedicate full-time efforts to the NEP, RIANA, and NMC projects, providing cross-functional support to all partners as necessary.

  • Engineering degree in material science, physics, chemistry, and related fields are needed. A PhD or a further degree related to business or management (e.g. MBA) would be an asset;
  • Competences in nanoscience and nanotechnology are requested;
  • A certain familiarity with the problematics of the interaction and the relationship between industry and academia would be appreciated, in particular associated with the understanding of the mechanisms of the open innovation;
  • Previous experience in a synchrotron source would be an asset;
  • At least two years’ experience in a similar position;
  • Excellent written communication and editing skills in English are essential;
  • Ability to be organised and analytical, but also to take initiative and deliver original ideas;
  • Professionalism, trustworthiness, self-motivation and the ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively.

Fixed term contract of 36 months maximum.

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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