The Platform for Advanced Characterisation-Grenoble (PAC-G) of the Nanoelec Technological Research Institute (IRT Nanoelec) is managed in partnership between the European Synchrotron ESRF, the European Neutron Source ILL, CNRS-LPSC and CEA-LETI and includes industrial partners from the microelectronics sector in Grenoble. The aim of PAC-G is to offer state-of-the-art characterisation services to industry. In this framework, an important R&D activity is carried out to develop novel advanced characterisation setups, anticipating the future needs of the community in nano- and micro-electronics.

In particular, as instrumentation engineer, you will be in charge of the design, development, completion and validation of a novel instrumental suite for radiation hardness testing of electronic devices on beamline ID09 of the ESRF. This methodology will be deployed for the investigation of various families of devices based on different semiconductor substrates and architectures.

The work will be carried out in the context of an Innovation-led Long Term Project (iLTP), in collaboration with the ID09 team at the ESRF and in collaboration with leading companies in the microelectronics and aerospace sectors. To fulfill this mission, you will undertake a series of technical tasks, linked with the needs of industrial clients in the business of the production and usage of radiation hard electronic components. You will liaise with the ID09 beamline staff as well as with the Business Development Office and relevant technical support group teams.

Your main duties will be the following:

  • Define the specifications, develop and complete an irradiation setup for the characterisation of semiconductor substrates on ID09 following the indications and suggestions from the iLTP partners.
  • Maintain the high level of industry liaison with the specific mission to support the LTP users on ID09 and to ensure smooth operation of the beamline. You will be the key point for communications with the LTP team and the industrial users in the RadHard business, assuring service provision and a high quality user experience together with the ID09 team and BDO
  • Promote and represent the IRT Nanoelec research through participation in conferences, workshops and other events.
  • Participate in IRT Nanoelec project tasks such as working groups, meetings, summer school organisation, general assemblies.
  • Reporting on activity progress.


  • University degree or engineer diploma in a related discipline, Solid State Physics, Nanoscience or Nanoelectronics, Photonics, Nuclear Physics, Materials science, Microelectronics or Instrumentation
  • A thorough understanding of interactions of radiation with matter is necessary.
  • Experience in synchrotron radiation (X-rays) and/or ionising radiation would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of instrumentation and methodologies at large scale facilities will be an asset.
  • Strong sense of responsibility, needed for the scientific quality of experiments both by external users and in-house, including the most efficient use of beamline equipment.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent level of English, both spoken and written, together with a good knowledge of French


Fixed-term contract of 36 months maximum.

The salary will be calculated on the basis of relevant qualifications and professional experience.

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What we offer:

  1. Join an innovative international research institute, with a workforce from 38 different countries
  2. Collaborate with global experts to advance science and address societal challenges
  3. Come and live in a vibrant city, in the heart of the Alps, and Europe's Green Capital 2022
  4. Enjoy a workplace designed to support your quality of life
  5. Benefit from our competitive compensation and allowances package, including financial support for your relocation to Grenoble

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The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from disabled persons.


The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, is an international research centre based in Grenoble, France.

Through its innovative engineering, pioneering scientific vision and a strong commitment from its 700 staff members, the ESRF is recognised as one of the top research facilities worldwide. Its particle accelerator produces intense X-ray beams that are used by thousands of scientists each year for experiments in diverse fields such as biology, medicine, environmental sciences, cultural heritage, materials science, and physics.

Supported by 21 countries, the ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.


  • Job title:
    Instrumentation engineer for the ID09 beamline 
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  • Contract type:
    Time-limited contract 
  • Salary range:
    35 K€ minimum 
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  • Contract duration:
    3 years maximum

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

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