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  • Job title: Beamline technician for the full-field hard X-ray imaging beamline ID19
  • Ref.:23-33-P-EXPD-SOM
  • Contract type: Permanent contract
  • Salary range:28.7 K€ minimum
  • Publication start on Front Office : Site internet:26/07/2023


ID19 is a 150 m-long beamline dedicated to high resolution X-ray imaging (radiography and microtomography) using partially coherent hard X-rays for enhanced sensitivity. The beamline combines a broad range of experimental setups with intense polychromatic illumination for fast phase contrast X-ray imaging: perfectly suited for in situ studies of materials and engineering devices using a broad selection of sample environments.

You will participate in the maintenance and development of the beamline, provide support to the beamline scientific staff and external scientific visitors, and closely interact with various ESRF support groups in seeking timely help for repairs and preventive maintenance tasks. Together with the beamline scientists, you will participate in the development and installation of instrumentation specific to the beamline.

Regular tasks include surveillance of correct functioning of ancillary equipment and indirect X-ray imaging detectors, management of sample shipment from users, and installation of sample environments for user experiments. In addition, during the synchrotron shutdown period you will be required to undertake essential repair tasks, preventive maintenance and if necessary installation of new equipment.

Your missions are the following:

  • Maintain the beamline in a functional and reliable state
  • Install or adjust equipment to meet the needs of each experiment
  • Document the operation of important beamline equipment
  • You may participate in the execution of commercial or user experiments
  • Participate in the conception, design, and installation of new equipment and systems on the beamline
  • Interact with support groups (mechanical, electronic, detector, sample environment, …) and subcontractors to carry out the above tasks


  • You should hold a technician degree (BSc, Licence, HND, HNC, BTS, DUT, Bachelor, Meister, Vordiplom, Perito, Laurea Triennale, Diplomatura, Ingenieria Técnica or equivalent)
  • Good technical skills in troubleshooting, assembling and installation of scientific equipment
  • Prior experience as a beamline or laboratory technician would be an advantage
  • Basic knowledge of computing, mechanics, electronic and vacuum equipment would be an advantage
  • Good organization and communication
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to machine simple parts would be an advantage
  • Experience in technical drawing and its associated software (ideally SOLIDWORKS) would be an asset
  • Training will be provided as necessary to acquire needed knowledge and skillsets
  • English proficiency (working language at the ESRF)


Permanent contract.

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:

  1. Join an innovative international research institute, with a workforce from 38 different countries
  2. Collaborate with global experts to advance science and address societal challenges
  3. Come and live in a vibrant city, in the heart of the Alps, and Europe’s Green Capital 2022
  4. Enjoy a workplace designed to support your quality of life
  5. Benefit from our competitive compensation and allowances package, including financial support for your relocation to Grenoble

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


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.

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