27. October 2015 - Institut Laue-Langevin
Research Scientist in Physics
Research Scientist in Physics
27. October 2015 - Institut Laue-Langevin
Research Scientist in Physics
Research Scientist in Physics
Institut Laue-Langevin

Grenoble, FRANCE

Description of Institution

The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), situated in Grenoble, France, is Europe’s leading research facility for scientific research using neutrons. The ILL operates the brightest neutron source in the world, reliably delivering intense neutron beams to 40 unique scientific instruments. We welcome more than 2000 visiting scientists per year to carry out world-class research.

Job description
Working within the Nuclear & Particle Physics (NPP) Group as co-responsible for the turbine source PF2 of ultracold and very cold neutrons (UCN and VCN), you will be in charge of:
  • supporting the experimental programmes pursued by user groups, including the search for the neutron electric dipole moment, studies of quantum states of the neutron in the Earth’s gravity field, accurate determinations of the neutron lifetime, and various experiments in neutron optics and on quantum mechanical phenomena,
  • taking a lead in investigating possibilities to enhance the output of this high-current UCN and VCN source,
  • pursuing your own active research programme and establishing scientific collaborations.

Besides these activities linked directly to the instrument, you may also contribute to ongoing developments of new high-density UCN sources.

Requested Profile

Qualifications and experience:
PhD, preferably in nuclear or particle physics.
We are particularly interested in highly motivated candidates with experience and a strong interest in the development of instrumentation and a sound knowledge of low-energy particle physics and neutron optics.
Applicants bringing in experience from other fields, such as surface science, are also encouraged to apply.

The post represents an excellent opportunity for young postdoctoral scientists to develop expertise, broaden their experience and interact with leading scientists from around the world. Applications from more experienced scientists able to obtain a secondment period from their home institution will also be considered.

Language skills:
As an international research centre, we are particularly keen to ensure that we also attract applicants from outside France. You must have a sound knowledge of English and be willing to learn French (a language course will be paid for by the ILL). Knowledge of German would be an advantage.

How to Apply

Fixed-term contract of 3 years renewable for a further 2-year period.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the head of the Nuclear & Particle Physics group: Dr. Oliver Zimmer,
tel.: +33(0)4 76 20 74 29, e-mail: (please do not send your application to this address).

Generous company benefits (expatriation allowance), relocation assistance and language courses may be offered for you and your spouse (for more information, please consult our employment conditions).

How to apply:
Please submit your application with a list of publications and the name of 3 references (including one from your present work place) on-line, no later than 29/11/2015, via our web site: http://www.ill.eu/careers (vacancy reference: 15/18).
The interviews will take place on the first or third week of January 2015.

29. November 2015
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