The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), situated in Grenoble, France, is Europe’s leading research facility for fundamental research using neutrons. The ILL operates the brightest neutron source in the world, reliably delivering intense neutron beams to 40 unique scientific instruments. The Institute receives over 2000 visits from scientists per year who come to carry out world-class research in solid-state physics, crystallography, soft matter, biology, chemistry and fundamental physics. Funded primarily by its three founder members: France, Germany and the United Kingdom, the ILL has also signed scientific collaboration agreements with 11 other countries.
The Large-Scale Structures (LSS) Group operates a range of instruments designed to investigate the structure of matter on a scale of one to hundreds of nanometers. These include instruments for small-angle scattering, reflectometry and diffraction from single crystals or one or two-dimensionally ordered materials. The range of science covered is very broad, from polymer and colloid science through structural molecular biology to materials science and magnetic phenomena. The group benefits largely from in-house support for sample preparation and characterisation, including a deuteration laboratory, soft matter characterisation facilities and conventional chemistry laboratories. Moreover, the ILL is located on a major scientific campus offering access to many other technical resources.
This is a post within the LSS Group in the field of small-angle scattering. In addition to carrying out your own active research programme on bio-related systems, you will be involved in the following activities:
The D11 small-angle diffractometer is a world-leading instrument serving a variety of scientific fields including soft matter, biology and condensed matter physics. The instrument is constantly being improved for soft condensed matter and biological research and offers a wide variety of possible sample environments.
Qualifications and experience:
PhD in physics, biophysics or physical chemistry, or equivalent. We are particularly interested in highly motivated candidates with experience in small-angle scattering and biological systems. They must be keen to carry out personal research and contribute to the scientific environment of the LSS group and life science research at the ILL. Computing skills and a general interest in software development would be an advantage, as would experience in the physical measurement of biological systems. This is an excellent opportunity for a young post-doctoral scientist to develop expertise, broaden his/her experience and interact with leading scientists from around the world. Applications from more experienced scientists on secondment from their home institute will also be considered.
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.
This post is a 5-year fixed-term contract.
Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr Ralf Schweins, Dr Giovanna Fragneto or via http://www.ill.eu/groups/lss (please do not send your application to these addresses).
Generous company benefits (expatriation allowance), relocation assistance and language courses may be available (for more information, please consult our employment conditions).
How to apply:
Please submit your application together with a list of publications and the names of 3 references, including one from your current place of work, no later than 21.08.2016, via our website: www.ill.eu/careers (vacancy reference: 16/34).
The interviews will take place from September on.
Further information here.