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Post-doctoral fellow at the ID24 and BM23 XAFS Beamlines

Employer
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Location
Grenoble, France
Salary
Unspecified
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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.

BM23 and ID24 are two ESRF beamlines dedicated to X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS). BM23 is a general-purpose energy-scanning XAS beamline installed on a two-pole wiggler. ID24 is an undulator beamline with two branches: an energy dispersive branch (ID24-ED) and a scanning branch (ID24-DCM). The two beamlines cover a wide range of applications in chemistry, solid-state physics, materials science, biology, environmental science, geochemistry, geophysics and planetology.

You will join the BM23/ID24 unit team and perform research within the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant project DEEP-SEE (Fathoming SEquestration and Enrichment of metals in DEEP marine deposits with novel micro-X-ray emission spectroscopy). The project aims to elucidate geochemical processes that lead to the economic enrichments of strategic reserves of rare-earth elements (REE) and redox transition/post-transition metals in bioapatite and ferromanganese crusts and nodules. The candidate will conduct micro X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy (HERFD-XANES, EXAFS), fluorescence, and diffraction measurements on synthetic and natural materials using a state-of-the-art, high-luminosity crystal analyzer detector. The candidate will also conduct mineral sorption experiments to reproduce enrichment processes in controlled conditions.

As a Post-Doctoral fellow of the DEEP-SEE ERC Advanced Grant project, you will:

  • Participate and develop the DEEP-SEE research program;
  • Operate, at beamline ID24, experiments linked to the DEEP-SEE project;
  • Perform complementary measurements on other beamlines at ESRF and other synchrotron facilities;
  • Contribute to enhance the performance of BM23 and ID24 in the field of nano HERFD-XAS.

Further information can be obtained from Alain Manceau (alain.manceau@esrf.fr) and Olivier Mathon (mathon@esrf.fr).

  • PhD in chemistry, geochemistry, geoscience, physics or closely related field obtained less than 3 years ago;
  • Experience with X-ray absorption or emission spectroscopy and/or scattering techniques;
  • Ability to productively interact with multi-disciplinary international staff and facility users;
  • Writing skills and proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF);
  • Experience in solid-water interface (geo)chemistry and knowledge in mineralogy or materials science is desirable.

Contract of 18 months, renewable for a further 6 or 18-month period.

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 https://www.esrf.fr/home/Jobs/what-we-offer.html.

The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from disabled persons.

Company

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.


Location
Grenoble, France

Number of employees
185

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 esrf.gestmax.eu/search. For further information contact recruitment@esrf.fr

Closing date
All year round

Contact
Tel +33 04 76 88 20 19
E-mail recruitment@esrf.fr
www.esrf.fr/home.html

Find Us
Website
Location
71 avenue des Martyrs
CS 40220
Grenoble
Cedex 9
38043
FR

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