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BM23 and ID24 are two beamlines of the ESRF dedicated to the 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 beamlines cover a wide range of applications in chemistry, solid-state physics, materials science, biology, environmental science, geochemistry, geophysics and planetology.

Chemistry and materials science are among the prioritized research directions at BM23 and ID24. You are expected to work in these fields, conducting research, providing user support and developing the relevant capabilities of the beamlines.

As a postdoctoral fellow at BM23 and ID24, you will:

  • Participate in ongoing in-house research programme in the field of chemistry and catalysis
  • Develop your own research programme in collaboration with your academic and/or industrial contacts
  • Support the external users as a local contact
  • Help to ensure continuous operation of ID24 and BM23 and supporting chemistry labs
  • Contribute to enhancing the performance of BM23 and ID24 in the field of chemistry (designing new instrumentation, adapting complementary analytical techniques, developing new software, etc)

Further information can be obtained from Olivier Mathon (+33 438 88 25 61, e-mail: or Kirill Lomachenko (tel: +33 438 88 19 14, e-mail:



  • PhD in chemistry, materials science, physics or closely related field obtained less than 3 years ago
  • Strong background in chemistry (preferably catalysis or electrochemistry)
  • Experience with X-ray absorption spectroscopy
  • Ability to productively interact with multi-disciplinary international staff and facility users
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)


  • Experience with in situ catalytic or electrochemical experiments at synchrotrons
  • Some Python programming skills (even if entry-level)
  • Experience with infrared spectroscopy, X-ray emission spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction


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

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 monthly salary may be complemented by additional allowances upon eligibility (expatriation allowance, etc…).

If you are interested in this position, please apply online at before the deadline.


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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