R&D Detector Engineer (Scintillators)

ESRF - European Synchrotron Radiation Facility

Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes, France

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The ESRF, the European Synchrotron, is an international research facility based in Grenoble, France. Thanks to high-level, innovative engineering and cutting-edge vision, the ESRF is recognised as one of the top research institutions worldwide, welcoming more than 6 500 scientists every year in fields such as biology, medicine, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, cultural heritage, materials and surface science, and physics. The ESRF is supported by 22 countries and employs 650 staff.

We are currently seeking to recruit a R&D Detector Engineer (scintillators), time-limited position (3 years maximum),  Ref. COD/DetPhy2.


The ESRF has initiated a substantial programme aimed at the development of new advanced 2D X-ray detection systems for synchrotron radiation applications. In this context, it is foreseen to proceed with the simulation, technology development and testing of various new types of X-ray sensors based on structured scintillators for the detection of very hard X‑rays. You will be deeply involved in the preparation and experimental characterization of these new scintillators as well as the study of their impact on system performance.

Your missions are the following:

  • Implementation of suitable characterization and analysis methods;
  • Development of preparation processes and laboratory characterization of the scintillators;
  • Participation in beamline experiments for evaluation of X-ray sensors;
  • Analysis of experimental data and evaluation of the results;
  • Identification of performance and operation limitations and interaction with manufacturers for the improvement of the scintillator screens;
  • Establishment of good collaborative links with partners.

You will be integrated into a team working in the area of X‑ray detection R&D and will work in close collaboration with other research laboratories, academic and industrial partners at an international level.


  • Higher university degree (Master or equivalent diploma offering 300 ECTS) and/or PhD in physics, physical chemistry, medical instrumentation or closely related area;
  • 3 to 6 years of professional experience;
  • A strong background in inorganic scintillators and imaging system is desirable;
  • Experience in experimental physics and knowledge of X-ray sources and associated equipment (lab instrumentation, radioactive sources);
  • Strong interpersonal skills are essential to integrate into a multidisciplinary and international environment. Good project and time management skills will be an asset;
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF).


The annual gross salary will be within the range 34-42 k€ and additional allowances may apply.

The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

If you are interested, please apply online by October 8th 2017.

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