The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), situated in Grenoble, France, is Europe's leading research facility for fundamental research using neutrons. The ILL operates the brightest neutron source in the world, reliably delivering intense neutron beams to 40 unique scientific instruments. The Institute welcomes 1700 visiting scientists per year to carry out world-class research in solid-state physics, crystallography, soft matter, biology, chemistry and fundamental physics. Funded primarily by its three founder members: France, Germany and the United Kingdom, the ILL has also signed scientific collaboration agreements with 9 other European countries. The Science Division currently has a vacancy for a:

RESEARCH SCIENTIST - cristallography (m/f)

Duties :
Working within the Diffraction Group at ILL you will be involved in day-to-day running of a high flux neutron powder diffractometer. The range of science covered in the Diffraction Group is very broad going from structural aspects of hard condensed matter physics (structural phase transitions, magnetism, high pressure, etc.) to chemical crystallography (small and medium molecules, hydrogen bonding, etc).
We are looking in particular for a second instrument responsible for the D20 diffractometer. In addition to carrying out a personal research programme, you will also participate in the development and operation of the instrument and assist ILL’s visiting scientists with their experiments on diffraction instruments at ILL.

Qualifications and experience:
Ph.D. in physics or chemistry.
We are particularly interested in highly motivated candidates with experience in crystallography and powder diffraction. A good knowledge and practise of experimental neutron scattering techniques and their corresponding sample environments, as well as computer programming skills, are highly desirable.

The post represents an excellent opportunity for a young postdoctoral scientist to develop expertise, broaden experience and interact with leading scientists from around the world. Applications from more experienced scientists who are able to obtain a secondment period from their home institute will also be considered.

Fixed-term contract: 5 years.
Generous company benefits (adaptation and expatriation allowance), relocation assistance and language courses may be offered.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the head of the Diffraction Group: Dr. J. Rodriguez-Carvajal, email: or via

Please submit your application on line, with a list of publications, no later than 14.07.2008, via our website:  (Vacancy reference: 08/18).