Engineer in Accelerator Physics

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The ESRF, the European Synchrotron, is an international science facility based in Grenoble, France. Thanks to its high-level, innovative engineering and cutting-edge vision, the ESRF is recognised as one of the top research institutions worldwide, welcoming more than 6 500 scientists every year in fields such as biology, medicine, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, cultural heritage, materials and surface science, and physics. The ESRF is supported by 22 countries and employs 650 staff.

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The ESRF storage ring is undergoing a major upgrade program consisting of a complete replacement of the existing ring, foreseen to lead to an emittance reduction of a factor 30 in the horizontal plane, placing the ESRF at the leading edge of the synchrotron light source research community. The Beam Dynamics group is in charge of the new lattice commissioning, optimization and characterization, follow-up of operation for sustained high performance level, as well as R&D studies on future improvements of the accelerator complex.

As a member of the Group you will perform beam studies coupled with advanced accelerator computations with the aim of achieving design parameters and defining potential long term improvements. Your activities will include:

  • Optimization of the linear optics
  • Non-linear optics optimization (dynamic aperture, lifetime…)
  • Engineering integration of the lattice
  • Collective effects studies and minimization of their impact on the overall performances
  • Injection system optimization
  • Tolerance studies
  • Development of tuning tools

Additionally, in the framework of the ESRF Accelerator Complex, activities will include:

  • Support to operation of the accelerator complex
  • Experimental work on the storage ring
  • Advanced accelerator computation studies
  • Development of modelling tools
  • General optimization of the Accelerator Complex performances

Part of your work will be done in shifts, following ESRF regulations.

Further information may be obtained from Simon White (+33 (0)4 76 88 19 54,


  • Higher university degree (Master or equivalent 300 ECTS diploma) in Physics or related discipline. A PhD would be a plus.
  • 6 to 12 years of professional experience
  • Several years of experience in accelerator physics, preferably on synchrotrons
  • Previous experience in experimental activities
  • Team work capability is essential
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)


We offer a comprehensive benefits package designed to support your quality of life and your installation in the Grenoble area when relocation is needed. The annual gross salary will be within the range 40 – 50 k€ and additional allowances may apply (shift allowance, expatriation allowance, etc.).

The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

If you are interested in this position, please apply by 28/10/2018.

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