27. January 2014 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Mechanical Production Technician (m/f)
Mechanical Production Technician (m/f)
27. January 2014 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Mechanical Production Technician (m/f)
Mechanical Production Technician (m/f)
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)

Grenoble, France


The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), situated in Grenoble, France, and founded by France, Germany and the United Kingdom, 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 more than 2000 visiting scientists per year to carry out world-class research in solid-state physics, crystallography, soft matter, biology, chemistry and fundamental physics. The “Projects and Techniques Division”, which is responsible for the development of the ILL’s instruments and for technical support, currently has a vacancy :

Mechanical Production Technician (m/f)

As part of the Neutron Optics Service (SON) of the Projects and Techniques Division, the Multilayers Group is responsible for the manufacture and characterisation of neutron “supermirrors” for the ILL’s scientific instruments.

Job description


Your main duties will be to:

  • Manufacture Fe/Si, Ni/Ti and Co/Ti supermirrors using sputtering techniques
  • Carry out preventive and corrective maintenance of sputtering deposition machines
  • Develop production processes in order to optimise the neutron performance of the mirrors produced by sputtering
  • Design mechanical systems tailored to focussing guides and adaptive optics
  • Characterise supermirror performance using neutron reflectometry

This post is permanent.


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

Requested Profile

Qualifications and experience:

Candidate profile:

  • NVQ Level 4 (e.g. BTEC HND) or equivalent experience in mechanical production engineering
  • Some initial experience in the use of production machines and in the field of mechanical design
  • Excellent organisational skills, a meticulous approach to your work and the ability to work in a team
  • Medical fitness for work under ionising radiation is required.

Ideally, you should also have the following:

  • Experience in the preparation of thin metal layers
  • Some basic knowledge of neutron reflectometry, optics or materials science.

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
09. February 2014
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