11. October 2016 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Research Scientist (M/F) - Neutron Reflectometry
ILL: Research Scientist (M/F) - Neutron Reflectometry
11. October 2016 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Research Scientist (M/F) - Neutron Reflectometry
ILL: Research Scientist (M/F) - Neutron Reflectometry
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)

Grenoble, France

Description of Institution

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 welcomes over 2000 visits of scientists per year 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 10 other countries.

Job description


The LSS group comprises a range of instruments designed to carry out studies on the structure of matter on a scale of one to hundreds of nanometers. The range of science covered is broad, from polymer and colloid science through structural biology to materials science. Working within the LSS Group in the field of Neutron Reflectometry while carrying out your own active research programme on biophysical systems at interfaces, you will be in charge of:

  • co-running the FIGARO reflectometer participating both in the day-to-day operation of the instrument as well as its technical development and upgrades including the implementation of RAINBOWS,
  • providing support to users for scientific experiments and offering guidance with data analysis,
  • promoting scientific partnerships in your field of research,
  • participating in the longer term development of instrumentation, sample environment and data analysis.

FIGARO is a state-of-the-art high flux, flexible resolution, and time-of-flight reflectometer with a vertical scattering plane. It is optimized for the study of horizontal surfaces such as free liquids (e.g. air/liquid and liquid/liquid interfaces) although measurements are also conducted at buried surfaces (e.g. solid/liquid interfaces). The instrument boasts the possibility to strike the interface from above or below the sample in a wide q-range as well as excellence in kinetic studies. Main research activities include the study of soft matter and biological systems at interfaces.

Fixed-term contract of 5 years.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the first responsible scientist of FIGARO Dr. Richard Campbell, , +33(0) or via www.ill.eu/figaro ; the head of the LSS Group: Dr. Giovanna Fragneto, , +33(0) or via www.ill.eu/lss
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).

Requested Profile

Qualifications and experience:

PhD in physics, biophysics or physical chemistry. We are particularly interested in highly motivated candidates with experience of research in interactions that involve biological membranes at interfaces who wish to carry out a personal research programme and contribute to the scientific environment of biophysics at the ILL. Good computing skills and a general interest in software development would be an asset.

The post represents an excellent opportunity for young postdoctoral scientists to develop expertise, broaden 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. Knowledge of German would be an advantage. Language courses will be paid for by the ILL.

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 via our web site: www.ill.eu/careers (vacancy reference: 16/41).

The interviews will take place on December 7 and 8, 2016.

30. October 2016
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