PhD Thesis Student – X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy in coordination chemistry applied to environmental science

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Join the ESRF, the European Synchrotron!

The ESRF, the European Synchrotron, is an international research facility based in Grenoble, France. Thanks to high-level, innovative engineering and cutting-edge vision, the ESRF is recognised as one of the top research institutions worldwide, welcoming more than 6 500 scientists every year in fields such as biology, medicine, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, cultural heritage, materials and surface science, and physics. The ESRF is supported by 21 countries and employs 600 staff.

We are currently seeking to recruit a:

PhD Thesis Student
Subject: X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy in coordination chemistry applied to environmental science
Time-limited position
ref. CFR412

The ESRF beamline ID26 is dedicated to X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy (XAS, XES) in the energy range 2.4-27 keV. We study the electronic structure and local coordination in systems that are relevant in the applied sciences: materials science, coordination (bio)chemistry, (bio)catalysis, environmental science, mineralogy, and earth science. The beamline hosts a state-of-the-art high-energy (5-27 keV) spectrometer equipped with high-luminosity analyzer crystals. We are currently developing a new spectrometer for the energy range 2-5 keV. An important application of the new instrument will be in environmental science.

You will work with a team of scientists on the commissioning and scientific exploitation of this new instrument. The project is carried out in collaboration with the University Grenoble Alpes (UGA).

Further information may be obtained from Dr. Pieter Glatzel (tel.: +33 (0)4 76 88 29 68, email:


  • Degree allowing enrollment for a PhD (such as MSc, Master 2 de Recherche, Laurea or equivalent) at the University Grenoble Alpes
  • Higher education in chemistry, physics, materials science, or geosciences
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

Contract of two years renewable (subject to satisfactory progress) for one year. The monthly gross salary will be 2339 €.

The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online by June 05, 2016.

Source: CERN Courier jobs

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