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R&D Detector Engineer (semiconductors)

Job Location: 
Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes, France
Job Title / Reference: 
R&D Detector Engineer (semiconductors) - COD/DetPhy1
Post details: 
time-limited position (3 years maximum)
Application deadline: 
Sunday, September 24, 2017

The ESRF, the European Synchrotron, is an international science facility based in Grenoble, France. Thanks to its 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 22 countries and employs 650 staff.

We are currently seeking to recruit a:

R&D Detector Engineer (semiconductors), time-limited position (3 years maximum)

time-limited contract

Ref. COD/DetPhy1


The ESRF has initiated a substantial programme aimed at the development of new advanced 2D X-ray detection systems for synchrotron radiation applications. The programme includes a thorough plan for the investigation and development of new types of X-ray semiconductor sensors for hybrid pixel detectors. You will be deeply involved in the development of these new sensors, the investigation of their properties as well as in the study of the impact on the performance of the overall detector systems.

Your missions are the following:

  • Contribution to the definition and design of new types of pixelated sensors either based on high-Z semiconductors (CZT, GaAs) or novel concepts (internal gain, unusual geometry or thickness) 
  • Implementation of adapted characterization and data analysis methods
  • Evaluation of the new sensors using synchrotron beams and conventional X-ray sources
  • Investigation and quantification of the operating limitation of the sensors
  • Participation in sensor procurement and in their integration in hybrid pixel detectors.

You will be integrated into a team working in the area of X‑ray detection R&D and will work in close collaboration with other research laboratories, academic and industrial partners at an international level.

Further information on the post can be obtained from Pablo Fajardo (


  • PhD and/or a higher university degree (Master or equivalent diploma offering 300 ECTS) in physics, electronics or closely related area
  • Good background on solid state detectors and experience with pixelated semiconductor sensors
  • Experience in experimental physics and knowledge of X-ray sources and associated equipment (lab instrumentation, radioactive sources)
  • Competence in scientific programming (Python) is an asset
  • Interpersonal skills for a smooth integration into a multidisciplinary and international environment; good project and time management skills.
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)


The monthly salary may be complemented by additional allowances upon eligibility. The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

If you are interested in this position, please apply by 24/09/2017.

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