Post-doctoral Fellow 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.



The ESRF storage ring is undergoing a major upgrade program (EBS, Extremely Brilliant Source) 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. In view of the commissioning of this new ring foreseen to start in December 2019, the Beam Dynamics group, in charge of lattice commissioning, is opening a post-doctoral Fellow position.

You will take an active part in the preparation and execution of the new storage ring and beamline commissioning, with an emphasis on lattice characterization and optimization. During this phase you will be expected to work on shift over extended periods.

You will be given responsibilities over specific tasks or aspects of the ring commissioning, and will be asked to perform beam studies, advanced computations and to develop related tools, in collaboration with other groups from the Accelerator and Source Division, and with the goal of delivering the design performance of the new storage ring.

In the framework of the commissioning of the new ESRF storage ring, your activities will include:

Test and validation of new equipment
Commissioning planning and preparation
First turn and closed orbit establishment
BPM offsets and beam-based alignment studies
Lattice characterization and optimization
Collective effects studies and minimization of their impact on the overall performances
Development of tuning, modelling and control software tools

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,


PhD in Physics or related discipline obtained less than 3 years ago
A strong background in accelerator physics, knowledge of lattice design codes (Accelerator toolbox, MADX) and practical experience on a running machine is expected
Good programming skills (Python, Matlab, C++) would be an important asset
Team work capability and good communication skills are essential
Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)


Contract of 18 months, renewable for a further 6 to 18 month period. The annual gross salary will be 42 k€ and additional allowances may apply. The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

If you are interested in this position, please apply by 29/07/2018.

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