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Research Scientist - Neutron Reflectometry - FIGARO 5-year fixed-term contract

Institut Laue-Langevin
Grenoble, France
Posting live until
10 Jul 2024

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Research Scientist - Neutron Reflectometry - FIGARO 5-year fixed-term contract


The LSS group comprises a range of instruments designed to carry out studies on the structure of matter on a scale of one to hundreds of nanometers and up to microns. The range of science covered is broad, from polymer and colloid science through structural biology, materials science and magnetism.

Your tasks

Working within the LSS Group in the field of Neutron Reflectometry, and while carrying out your own active research programme on biophysical or soft matter systems at interfaces, you will be responsible for:

  • co-running the FIGARO reflectometer, participating both in the day-to-day operation of the instrument as well as its technical development and upgrades;
  • providing support to users for scientific experiments and offering guidance with data analysis;
  • promoting scientific partnerships in your field of research;
  • participating in the longer term development of instrumentation, sample environment and data analysis.

Your profile

  • PhD in physics, biophysics or physical chemistry;
  • Experience of research in soft matter or biological systems at solid/liquid and/or liquid/gas interfaces;
  • General skills in method and/or software development would be an asset.

As an international research centre, we are particularly keen to ensure that we also attract applicants from outside France. You must have a sound knowledge of English and be willing to learn French (a language course will be paid for by the ILL).

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 generous benefits that you will discover when you arrive!


We guarantee you a stable 5-year fixed-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.

Sounds interesting?

Then why not take your next career step with us by applying online - preferably in English - via our career portal by 07.07.2024, quoting reference number 24/21, 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.

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.


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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