13. February 2018 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Research Scientist in Neutron Reflectometry
Research Scientist in Neutron Reflectometry
13. February 2018 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Research Scientist in Neutron Reflectometry
Research Scientist in Neutron Reflectometry
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)

Grenoble, France


The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) is an international centre for scientific research situated in Grenoble, France. It is Europe’s leading neutron science facility. We receive over 2000 visiting scientists per year to carry out world-class research in a wide variety of scientific fields. The Science Division currently has a vacancy for a Research Scientist in Neutron Reflectometry

Job description


The Large-Scale-Structures 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 soft matter or biophysical systems at interfaces, you will be in charge of:

  • co-running the D17 reflectometer participating both in the day-to-day operation of the instrument as well as its technical development and upgrades,
  • 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.

D17 is a state-of-the-art high flux, monochromatic and time-of-flight neutron reflectometer with a horizontal scattering plane. It is optimized for the study of vertical surfaces and buried interfaces (e.g. solid/liquid, solid/solid) over a wide range of length scales. Main research activities include the study of soft matter, materials, biological and magnetic systems thanks to the polarized neutron option.


Fixed-term contract of 5 years
Further information can be obtained by contacting the head of the LSS Group:
, +33(0) or via www.ill.fr/lss.


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).

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Qualifications and experience

Ph.D. in physics, biophysics or physical chemistry and experience in neutron or x-ray reflectometry. We are particularly interested in highly motivated candidates with experience of research in soft matter and/or biological systems at solid/liquid interfaces who wish to carry out a personal research programme and contribute to the scientific environment at the ILL. Good programming skills and a general interest in software development would be an asset.

The post represents an excellent opportunity for 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.


Dr. Giovanna Fragneto

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. Closing date for submissions is 28/02/2018. The interviews will take place in March 2018.

28. February 2018
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