[Neutron] Vacancy for a Research Scientist at ILL

recruitment recruitment at ill.fr
Tue Oct 5 10:12:41 CEST 2010

   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 1700 visiting 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 11 other European countries. The Science Division currently has a 

*RESEARCH SCIENTIST **(reflectivity) - m/f***

**Working within the Large Scale Structures (LSS) Group in the field of 
Neutron Reflectometry you will be involved in the day-to-day running, as 
well as the longer term development, of the reflectometer FIGARO. The 
instrument is a horizontal sample reflectometer dedicated to the study 
of soft matter and biology at liquid interfaces (in particular the 
air/liquid interface but also liquid/liquid and solid/liquid 
interfaces). You will be expected to help with the ongoing optimization 
of the instrument hardware, software and sample environment, carry out 
your own active research programme, and assist ILL users in conducting 
their experiments.
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. These include instruments for small-angle scattering, 
reflectometry, 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.
ILL scientists also have access to ancillary laboratories, including a 
protein deuteration facility (D-Lab) and a soft matter laboratory (PSCM) 
for sample preparation and characterization. These laboratories are run 
in partnership with European and also Grenoble-based research centres 
and facilitate collaboration with local and external scientists.
* *
/Qualifications and experience:/
A Ph.D. in the physical sciences, experience of reflectometry, and 
research interests in soft condensed matter and/or biophysics/biology 
are required. Computing skills, general interest in developing neutron 
reflectometry at liquid surfaces, as well as experience of complementary 
surface characterisation techniques would be considered as advantages.
The post represents an excellent opportunity for a young postdoctoral 
scientist to develop expertise, broaden experience and interact with 
leading scientists from around the world. Applications from more 
experienced scientists who are able to obtain a secondment period from 
their home institute will also be considered.
* *
This is a fixed-term contract of 5 years.
Generous company benefits (adaptation and expatriation allowance), 
relocation assistance and language courses may be offered.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the head of the Large 
Scale Structures Group: Dr. R. Cubitt, tel.: +33(0)4 76 20 72 15, 
e-mail: cubitt at ill.eu or via http://www.ill.fr/lss

Please submit your application on-line, with a list of publications, no 
later than *03.11.2010*, via our website: http://www.ill.fr/careers 
(vacancy reference* 10/24)*.
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