Mechanical Engineer

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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.

Ref. COD/EBSL3 (time-limited contract)


You will join a team of engineers and technicians in charge of developing new mechanical equipment for the experimental stations to be built within the ESRF EBS Upgrade Programme and work in close collaboration with engineers experienced in mechanical engineering applied to scientific instruments.

Your main duties and responsibilities will be to:

  • Carry out feasibility studies and mechanical design studies using computer-assisted tools for components of the experimental lines (general layout, high stability supports, opto-mechanical devices, motorised mechanical systems, etc.) involving precision, stability, vacuum and cooling technologies
  • Participate in engineering calculations
  • Supervise the production of detailed mechanical drawings, and coordinate the procurement, manufacturing and test phases



  • Higher university degree (Master or equivalent 300 ECTS diploma) in mechanical engineering or a related discipline.
  • 3 to 8 years of relevant professional experience, with skills in drafting, mechanical design and engineering calculations
  • Use of mechanical design CAD software (e.g. SolidWorks)
  • Knowledge in scientific instrumentation, and experience in procurement, manufacturing follow-up and project management would be additional assets
  • 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 34-44k€ and additional allowances may apply (e.g. expatriation allowance).

The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

If you are interested in this position, please apply by 21/02/2018.