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  • Job title: Post-doctoral fellow at the ID24 and BM23 XAFS Beamlines
  • Ref.: PD2388_ERC_DEEP-SEE
  • Contract type: Time-limited contract
  • Salary range: 45.5 K€ minimum
  • Publication start on Front Office : Site internet:09/05/2023


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 ( and Olivier Mathon (


• 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:

  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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