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.

In a team of 17 engineers and technicians, you will participate in the operation, maintenance, production and development of X-ray detectors for synchrotron radiation beams. You will assist the engineers of the group who will ensure your technical supervision, and you will interact strongly with other staff from different technical teams such as mechanics, electronics and software, as well as technical and scientific staff at the beamlines.

Your missions will be the following:

  • Provide technical and operational support for measurement instruments managed by the Detector Unit;
  • Carry out repairs on simple and complex X-ray detectors;
  • Contribute to the production of X-ray detectors, including follow-up and verification of internal or external manufacturing;
  • Perform physical characterization of sensors;
  • Test and evaluate different types of instruments used in the Detector Unit, including the analysis of test results;
  • Design, build or modify X-ray detectors from the design phase (mechanics, electronics) up to their integration in a mechanical housing;
  • Participate in the development of new X-ray detectors.


  • You should hold a Technical/Academic degree (BTS, DUT, Bachelor or equivalent diploma worth at least 120 ECTS) in instrumentation, physical measurements, technical engineering or electrotechnics;
  • A previous professional experience as engineer assistant or equivalent;
  • Good general understanding of physical measurements techniques and instrumentation;
  • Basic skills in CAD, ideally with Solidworks and/or Altium for mechanical and electronic circuit designs;
  • Ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff and facility users;
  • Aptitude for team work;
  • Well-organized, meticulous and methodical approach to the work;
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF).


Permanent contract.

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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