European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

Scientist in Coherent X-Ray Microscopy

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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.

You will develop and implement image reconstruction methods for coherent 3D X-ray microscopy to overcome current frontiers of spatial resolution and contrast. You will focus in particular on developing precise phase reconstruction approaches in X-ray holography and near-field ptychography.

This position is part of the ERC Brilliance project, aiming to resolve and analyse neural circuits in meaningful brain tissue volumes. Addressing this global challenge is essential to advance knowledge on fundamental principles of brain function, to cope with neurological disorders and to develop the next generation neuromorphic computing architectures.

You will join a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary research group and you will work closely with members of the nano-imaging beamline, ID16A. You will have access to world leading technology and instrumentation for hard X-ray synchrotron nano-imaging.

Please include in your application a short statement (max 100 words) on your motivation to take this position.

Further information may be obtained from Alexandra Pacureanu: tel.: +33 (0)4 76 88 17 27, email:

  • PhD in physics, electrical engineering, mathematics, computer science or equivalent
  • Comfortable with programming in Python, C/C++, Octave or equivalent
  • Experience with image reconstruction in coherent X-ray microscopy, in particular holography and ptychography
  • Self-driven and collegial
  • General interest in neurosciences would be appreciated
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

Contract of two years.

What we offer:

  • Be inspired by our innovative research institute, with an international workforce from 38 different countries
  • Collaborate with global experts on real-world science
  • 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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Scientist in Coherent X-Ray Microscopy
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