01. June 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Post-doctoral Fellow in Nuclear Physics (M/F)
Post-doctoral Fellow in Nuclear Physics (M/F)
01. June 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Post-doctoral Fellow in Nuclear Physics (M/F)
Post-doctoral Fellow in Nuclear Physics (M/F)
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)

Grenoble, France


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, and welcomes over 2000 visits of scientists per year to carry out world-class research in a wide variety of scientific fields. We currently have a vacancy for a Post-doctoral Fellow in Nuclear Physics (M/F).

Description of Institution

Qualifications and experience
You have a PhD in physics with a good knowledge of nuclear spectroscopy.
You have a strong experience in one or several of the following topics: Ge, Si, or LaBr3(Ce) detectors, measurement of nuclear lifetimes or magnetic moments, conversion electron spectroscopy, simulation of experimental setups including detectors and magnetic fields, digital data acquisition systems.
The post represents an excellent opportunity for a young scientist to develop expertise, broaden experience and interact with leading scientists from around the world.

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.

Job description

Working within the “Nuclear and Particle Physics (NPP)” group at the FIPPS (FIssion Product Prompt gamma-ray Spectrometer) instrument you will develop and implement ancillary detectors and systems to complement the existing array of Ge clover detectors and to enlarge the applications of this new instrument. Besides possible ideas proposed by the candidate we are considering the following projects:

  • a LaBr3:Ce detector array for ultrafast timing experiments
  • a setup for magnetic moment measurements
  • use of polarized neutron beams for generation of spin-aligned capture states
  • a setup for conversion electron spectroscopy
  • a dedicated target chamber for noble gas targets

Further you will:

  • Establish new scientific collaborations by promoting nuclear spectroscopy and neutron-induced fission experiments performed at ILL;
  • Pursue your personal research programme in nuclear spectroscopy or nuclear fission.

You will be trained with the nuclear spectroscopy program at the NPP instruments to get full awareness of the scientific possibilities of the whole instrumental suite for experiments involving fission and nuclear spectroscopy.


  • Post-Doctoral contract of 18 months, renewable for a further 6 to 18-month period.
  • Only candidates holding a PhD obtained less than 2 years ago are eligible for Post-doctoral positions.
  • Medical fitness for work under ionising radiation is required.
  • Further information can be obtained by contacting the head of the NPP group: Dr Oliver Zimmer – 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 more information, please consult our employment conditions).

How to Apply

Please submit your application in English on line with a list of publications and the names of 3 references, including one from your present work place, no later than 18.06.2017, via our website: www.ill.eu/careers (Vacancy reference: 17/14). The interviews will take place in the first half of July 2017.

18. June 2017
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