ESRF - European Synchrotron Radiation Facility

Detector Technician

ESRF - European Synchrotron Radiation Facility

Grenoble, France


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 Detector & Electronics Group in the Instrumentation Services and Development Division provides development and support capabilities in the fields of X-ray detectors and control electronics required for experimental stations and the accelerator complex.

You will join a collaboration project between the ESRF and several European partners to develop and produce two multi-element Germanium detectors for spectroscopy applications. You will inspect manufacturing equipment, assemble various components (X-ray sensors, electronics boards, mechanics, and electrical cryocooler), calibrate and characterize them. You will be technically supervised by the project leader and will interact with other staff from partner institutes for mechanics, electronics and software.

Your missions will be the following:

  • Assemble mechanical components, integrate electrical and electronic parts, and install hardware in appropriate vacuum enclosures;
  • Perform diagnostic tests of assembled goods;
  • Carry out detector characterization in a specialized laboratory;
  • Design specific tools and ensure their procurement;
  • Provide technical support and feedback to the project manager and partners.


  • You should hold a Technical/Academic degree (BTS, DUT, Bachelor or equivalent diploma worth at least 120 ECTS) in instrumentation, physical measurements, mechanics or electrotechnics;
  • Proven experience as an assembly technician or similar. Experience working in a clean room will be an asset;
  • Good general understanding of vacuum and physical measurements techniques;
  • Good hand-eye coordination to assemble small and/or fragile pieces into a final detector;
  • Ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff and facility users;
  • Aptitude for team work and independently;
  • Well-organized, meticulous and methodical approach to the work;
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF).


You will work in a clean-room environment.

Temporary contract of 6 months.

The salary will be calculated on the basis of relevant qualifications and professional experience.

Do you recognize yourself in this description? Apply now for your next professional adventure!

What we offer:

  1. Join an innovative international research institute, with a workforce from 38 different countries;
  2. Collaborate with global experts to advance science and address societal challenges;
  3. Come and live in a vibrant city, in the heart of the Alps, and Europe's Green Capital 2022;
  4. Enjoy a workplace designed to support your quality of life;
  5. Benefit from our competitive compensation and allowances package, including financial support for your relocation to Grenoble.

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The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from disabled persons.

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