PROXIMA-1 - Beamline Scientist

PROXIMA-1 - Beamline Scientist

SOLEIL Synchrotron

Paris, France


The principle activity of a beamline scientist is to contribute to the scientific, methodological and technical development of the beamline, as well as to accompany beamline users during their experiments. These tasks are executed under the supervision of the beamline manager of PROXIMA 1.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Accompany users (local contact):
    • Verify or assemble the experimental arrangement;
    • Accompany users during their experiments;
    • If invited, help users to analyse data and contribute to its publication.
  • To develop, maintain and operate the experimental equipment on the beamline:
    • To interact with the technical groups at SOLEIL, as well as with external suppliers;
    • As part of the beamline team, to develop or improve the instrumentation and methods employed on the beamline in coherence with the strategy established by the beamline manager.
  • To conduct their own original research project:
    • Remain up to date with the literature and technical developments in the field;
    • Initiate a research project, applying for finance where appropriate;
    • Develop a strategy for the successful execution of the project;
    • Perform experiments, analyse the data and publish the results in peer reviewed journals;
    • Participate in the organization of scientific events (workshops, meetings, round tables…);
    • Explain the beamline science and their own project to the general public.
  • To supervise and train:
    • To train, or request training, for the personnel you may supervise;
    • To train, or request training, in the potential hazards of their working environment for the personnel that you may supervise;
    • To supervise apprentices, internship or pre-doctoral students, or post doctoral fellows;
    • Occasionally, to teach structural biology and biological crystallography to interns, university students, teachers or other scientific visitors, during workshops, practical courses, meetings or visits.
  • Contribute to the appropriate scientific community as necessary:
    • Participate, when invited and as appropriate, on expert or review committees;
    • Contribute to journal peer review procedures.

Experience and Training:

This post is available to people holding a doctoral level degree in the field of structural biology or similar discipline, with basic competences in one or more of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, physics and chemistry. Experience in the crystallization of biological macromolecules (in particular in-vivo crystallization) and x-ray diffraction measurements is essential.


  • Competence in x-ray crystallography (general concepts and data analysis), and crystallization of biological macromolecules;
  • Knowledge of different structural methods for the resolution of the structures of biological molecules;
  • Methods of communication (both oral and written, for both internal and external communication);
  • French at a professional level: oral, written and scientific;
  • English at a professional level: oral written and scientific.


  • Competence in biochemistry, molecular biology or cell biology;
  • Basic programming skills (preferably Python);
  • Basic level knowledge of beamline instrumentation (training will be given);
  • Basic knowledge in methods of scientific.


  • Ability to work as part of a team or network;
  • Autonomy, and ability to set priorities;
  • Respect of internal rules, procedures and confidentiality;
  • Adaptability to discuss with different types of people and audiences, and to work in the environment at SOLEIL.


  • Mastery of the techniques used in the crystallization of biological molecules, and development skills for methods of in vivo crystallization;
  • Software for data reduction and analysis used in biological crystallography (training will be given);
  • Techniques for the collection of experimental data for biological crystallography.

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