Beamline Scientist AILES

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Availability: immédiate
Job description:

SOLEIL is the French national synchrotron facility, located on the Saclay Plateau near Paris. It is a multi-disciplinary instrument and research laboratory whose mission is to conduct research using synchrotron radiation, to develop cutting edge instrumentation on the beamlines, and to make these developments available to the scientific community. SOLEIL synchrotron, a unique tool for both academic research and industrial applications across a wide range of disciplines including physics, biology, chemistry etc., opened in 2008. It is used annually by thousands researchers from France and abroad. SOLEIL is based on a synchrotron source that is state-of-the-art both in terms of brilliance and stability. This large scale facility, a partner of the Université Paris Saclay, is a “publically owned” private company, founded by the CNRS and the CEA.

A vacancy (permanent position) for a beamline scientist (M/F) is currently available on the AILES beamline:

AILES is one of two beamlines at SOLEIL for infrared spectroscopy (together with SMIS). AILES, operational since October 2008, delivers an intense, infrared beam for measurements of condensed matter and isolated molecules under various conditions of temperature, pressure, etc…

Three branches each equipped with interferometers (one under development) are operating in the 7-3000 cm-1 range and coupled to a rich ensemble of sample environment. High-throughput data collection takes advantage of the high brilliance for measurements of samples of limited size (e.g. measurements in high pressure cells) or measurements at high resolution of isolated molecules.

Detailed mission:


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 AILES.


Tasks and Responsibilities:

– Accompany users (local contact);

  • Assemble and align the experimental arrangement;
  • Accompany users during their experiments;
  • If invited, help users to analyse data and contribute to its publication;

– 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;

– 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 infrared spectroscopy 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.
  • Solid State Physics: Superconductivity, multiferroics material, thin layers
  • Competence in infrared spectroscopy (general concepts and data analysis).
  • Knowledge of different measuring methods for the determination of dynamical parameters of materials or 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 high pressure for solid materials
  • Quantum materials
  • Basic programming skills
  • Experience in instrumentation development
  • Knowledge in geometrical optics
  • 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
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Mounting  high pressure cells, indentation, electro-erosion, measuring pressure
  • Vacuum technology
  • Cryogeny, low temperature and ultra-low temperature
  • Data analysis used in infrared spectroscopy (training will be given)

 This post is available to people holding a doctoral level degree in the field of Condensed Matter science. Experience in infrared and/or THz spectroscopy is essential.

Deadline for application: February 24th, 2020