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Head of the Instrumentation Services & Development Division

Grenoble (Arrondissement), Isère (FR)
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Dec 23, 2023

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Physical Sciences, Electrical/Electronic Engineering
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Full Time
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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 European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) is a world-leading international scientific research infrastructure supported by twenty-two countries with the common interest to enable frontier synchrotron X-ray science and to improve cooperation across disciplinary and national boundaries. It is established as a “Société Civile” under French law and it is located in Grenoble, at the heart of the French Alps.

Since the 1990s, ESRF operates a storage ring based synchrotron radiation X-ray source and state-of-the-art experimental beamlines. It welcomes close to 6000 scientists every year for experiments in fields such as biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, cultural heritage, materials and surface science, medical imaging and radiotherapy, and physics. The ESRF’s access policy is centred on scientific excellence, and the research carried out at its facilities results in about 1800 peer-reviewed scientific publications every year, among which more than 400 are in highly ranked journals. The ESRF is currently involved in 10 ERC grants and in numerous EC and internationally funded grants.

Openness and scientific and technical interdisciplinarity are key to the ESRF’s success. Recruiting skilled and passionate staff who are motivated to contribute, whether directly or indirectly, to the advancement of science, is crucial for the future of the ESRF as a centre of scientific excellence. The ESRF is committed to sharing science progress and technology with the younger generations and offers various educational programmes for students and training for the next generation of scientists, engineers and technical and administrative staff. It also dedicates significant resources to training its staff to fully develop their potential. At the ESRF, the synergies that emerge between people of different fields, cultures and backgrounds are an extraordinary source of creativity and innovation. Diversity is thus part of the ESRF’s identity and is promoted at all levels. The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer; it employs close to 650 international staff who come from nearly 40 countries. To fulfil its mission, the ESRF operates with an annual budget of about 100 M€.


Since 2009, the ESRF is implementing its Upgrade Programme, which is foreseen to be completed in 2024. The second and final phase of this programme, which started in 2015, the so-called ESRF-Extremely Brilliant Source programme (ESRF-EBS), is centred on the construction and exploitation of the new and revolutionary EBS low-emittance storage ring.

The ESRF resumed its user operation in August 2020 with X-ray beam performance increased by a factor of 100 in terms of beam brilliance and coherence: The ESRF-EBS is enlisted as a landmark in the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).

In terms of absolute performance, the new ESRF EBS storage ring is, now and for the coming years, the most brilliant high-energy synchrotron radiation source worldwide and will provide its users with unique scientific opportunities.

The ESRF Council appoints the five ESRF Directors:

The Director General, is the chief executive and legal representative of the ESRF. The DG leads the Directorate (circa 50 staff) and is assisted by four directors:

· one Machine Director, responsible for the synchrotron radiation source and in charge of the Accelerator and Source Division (circa 80 staff);

· two Directors of Research, responsible for the experimental infrastructure and in charge of the Experiments Division (circa 220 staff); and

· one Director of Administration, responsible for the organisation of all administrative work at the ESRF and in charge of the Administration Division (circa 50 staff).

The Director General is further assisted by the Heads of the Technical Infrastructure and the Instrumentation Services & Development divisions, who each liaise with the Directors in their respective fields of responsibility.

The ESRF is now seeking to recruit the next Head of the Instrumentation Services & Development Division (ISDD)



The Instrumentation Services & Development Division (ISDD) provides support to the Accelerator and Source Division (ASD) and the Experiments Division (ExpD). It contributes to the leadership of the ESRF in X-ray instrumentation through R&D programmes embedded in a long-term strategy and by monitoring technology developments worldwide. The ISDD is organised in five groups with fourteen units, and operates more than ten associated laboratories.


Standby and on-call services are provided to ASD and ExpD to ensure continuous operation. Planning and project coordination is implemented to ensure supplying of the required resources to both ASD and ExpD in order to reach a balanced level of support for operation and construction activities at the same time. The expertise and background of the ~170 staff members in the ISDD guarantees a broad mix of profiles and experience.

The ESRF is recruiting the Head of the ISDD, who will report to the Director General. The successful candidate will direct the heads of the different groups, follow the progress of projects, and be responsible for the division's budget. She/he will represent the ISDD on the Board of ESRF Directors, and coordinate the directives and information received. Her/his duties will also include liaising with the Administration Division for the management of human resources and budgetary matters, and with the other divisions, groups and services of the ESRF. In addition, she/he will have the responsibility to promote and represent the ESRF at conferences, workshops and similar events.



You have a degree and Ph.D. in physical sciences, engineering or equivalent, and substantial research experience and recognised experimental/instrumental skills in synchrotron radiation-related science and techniques. With solid management experience at senior management level, you have strong organisational, planning and analytical skills. You have a cooperative leadership style and the ability to inspire and engage the staff and establish a strong team-spirit culture. You are able to work in a complex multidisciplinary and international environment, and have excellent communication skills. You have an excellent command of both oral and written English, and a good level of French would be an asset. You are committed to promoting diversity, ethics, integrity and sustainable development.



The ESRF fosters diversity and an open and family-friendly policy at all levels in the organisation. Applications from women are particularly encouraged and, in the present recruitment campaign, the ESRF is ready to discuss with the successful candidate options to support relocation to the Grenoble area.

In order to apply to the position of Head of the Instrumentation Services & Development Division (ISDD) at the ESRF, you are invited to submit your CV and motivation letter to

Deadline for returning applications: 31 December 2023

Interview dates – second half of January 2024

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