European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

Post-doctoral research fellow: IMAGINE Next generation imaging for biology across scales

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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.

The ID16A Nano-Imaging beamline is a world leading X-ray microscopy facility addressing research questions in cellular biology, neurosciences, biomineralization and advanced materials science. The beamline provides a high-brilliance beam focused down to a few tens of nanometers to perform coherent imaging techniques, X-ray fluorescence microscopy and nanotomography. All measurements can be performed under cryogenic conditions to preserve the biological samples close to their native hydrated state. The instrument participates in the IMAGINE consortium ( in which 22 partners develop and validate next generation imaging technologies to probe structure and function of biological specimens across scales in their natural context.

You will develop advanced X-ray imaging workflows accessible and usable by the biological user community. In particular, you will enhance high resolution cryo tomography for the combined use of X-rays and electrons. You will develop sample mounting systems and automated image registration to perform correlative multi-modal investigations across length scales. All developments will be validated through applications in the field in collaboration with partner European research infrastructures.

Further information may be obtained from Peter Cloetens (tel.: +33 (0)4 76 88 26 50, email:

  • PhD in biology, physics, chemistry or a related discipline obtained less than 3 years ago
  • A strong background in microscopy and proficiency in data processing are desirable
  • Experience in synchrotron radiation experiments is an asset
  • Ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

Contract of 18 months, renewable for a further 6 or 18-month period.

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What we offer:

  • Join an innovative international research institute, with a workforce from 38 different countries
  • Collaborate with global experts to advance science and address societal challenges
  • Come and live in a vibrant city, in the heart of the Alps, and Europe's Green Capital 2022
  • Enjoy a workplace designed to support your quality of life
  • Benefit from our competitive compensation and allowances package, including financial support for your relocation to Grenoble For further information on employment terms and conditions, please refer to

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

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Post-doctoral research fellow: IMAGINE Next generation imaging for biology across scales
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