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Software engineers / data processing experts for X-ray data analysis

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Grenoble, France
36500 - 55000 EUR
Posting live until
10 Aug 2024

Job Details

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 upgrade of the ESRF synchrotron source has led to a steep increase in data volumes and throughput, for a wide range of X-ray experimental techniques, including scattering, spectroscopy, tomography and coherent imaging techniques. All those areas require new or improved tools for the online and offline data processing and analysis of experimental data, suitable for a wide community of users.

Each job (maximum duration 36-months) will consist in developing a suite of tools in one of the following areas in X-ray science:

  • spectroscopy: workflows and graphical interfaces for X-ray spectroscopy techniques (XAS)
  • powder diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering: develop a tool for the quantitative analysis of large 1D-to-4D scattering maps
  • dark field imaging: improve the existing darfix software, and the automation of large datasets
  • tomography: online data processing for full-field tomography
  • coherent diffraction imaging: develop widgets and implement workflows for online data processing of CDI in the small and Bragg angle regime.
  • 3D grain mapping: streamline multiscale 3D/4D grain mapping for the 3DXRD and Diffraction Contrast Tomography (DCT) techniques

All the developments will be done in Python, exploiting existing software (including high-performance computing solutions) in the specific areas (spectroscopy, scattering, imaging), as well as more generic toolkits (silx, ewoks,..) developed for data processing and visualisation at ESRF.
You will work in the Algorithms & scientific Data Analysis (ADA) group of the Experiments division, in close collaboration with the Software Group's Data Automation Unit (DAU) and multiple beamlines exploiting the different techniques. Further information about the post can be obtained from Vincent Favre-Nicolin (

  • You hold a Higher university degree (Master or equivalent diploma offering 300 ECTS) in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Science or similar area. PhD would be an asset
  • Extensive programming skills in Python and scientific computing libraries are mandatory
  • The ability to adapt to complex experimental data analysis is essential
  • Experience in the field of X-ray data processing in one of the relevant areas (spectroscopy, tomography, scattering, imaging...) is a strong asset
  • Knowledge of graphical user interfaces development using Python (notably PyQt) is an asset
  • A strong background in natural sciences or mathematics is an asset
  • Curiosity and good communication skills are required, so that you may interact with scientists of different techniques and beamlines
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

Temporary contract of a maximum duration of 36 months.
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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