European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

Director of the ESRF Accelerator and Source Division (ASD)

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

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 22 countries, the ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.


The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) is a world-leading international scientific research institute. Since the 1990’s it operates a storage ring as a dedicated source of synchrotron radiation in the hard X-ray region and experimental beamlines which use the most advanced technology in X-ray optics, detector design and information technology, to push experimental measurements to their practical limits. The ESRF welcomes close to 6000 scientists every year for experiments in fundamental and applied research, in fields such as biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, cultural heritage, materials and surface science, and physics. The cutting-edge research carried out at ESRF results in about 1800 peer-reviewed scientific publications every year. ESRF is currently involved in 15 Horizon2020 competitive grants.

The ESRF is a joint undertaking by twenty-two countries with the common interest to strengthen European research and to improve scientific cooperation across disciplinary and national boundaries. It is established as a “Societe Civile” under French law.

The ESRF supports the use of its experimental facilities by the scientific communities of its partner countries within the budget decided yearly by the Council. The ESRF has an annual budget of 100 MEuros and employs close to 700 international staff.

Since 2009, the ESRF is undergoing a major Upgrade Programme, which is foreseen to be completed in 2022. The second phase of this programme, which started in 2015, the so-called ESRF-Extremely Brilliant Source programme (ESRF-EBS), is centred on the construction of a revolutionary low-emittance light source that will increase the brilliance and coherence of the X-ray beams produced by a factor of 100: The facility has currently interrupted its operation until September 2020 in order to proceed with the commissioning of the new storage ring and the adaptation and upgrade of beamlines.

In terms of absolute performance, the new EBS storage ring of the ESRF will be in the coming years the most brilliant high-energy synchrotron radiation source worldwide. Such outstanding equipment is currently undergoing its commissioning phase and is expected to enter into the user-dedicated operation phase by late 2020.


The ESRF Accelerator and Source Division (ASD) manages the ESRF accelerators complex (comprising the EBS radiation source), and the main objective of the Division in the coming years is to achieve, maintain and further improve the design goal parameters of the new EBS source, and to attain operation availability levels comparable to those attained with the previous storage ring. The ASD Director will have to lead and manage the programme of the ASD to ensure the successful accomplishment of the objective outlined above. He/she manages a dedicated budget to ensure the deployment of a strong preventive maintenance programme and is responsible for the implementation of a strategy for future developments, including new radiation sources, and the perpetuation of ESRF know-how, in relation both with the operation and the development of the radiation source.

The ASD Director reports directly to the Director General of the ESRF, in the same way as the Directors of Research and Administration. He/she directs the ASD, with responsibility for its annual budget. There are about 70 staff members in the Division, but the Director can also call on the technical assistance of both the Instrumentation Services & Development Division and the Technical Infrastructure Division.

The successful candidate shall be an experienced accelerator scientist with proven knowledge in the management of large-scale accelerator complexes. Expertise in the operation and development of third-generation synchrotron light sources is an important asset. He/she should have proven leadership and managerial and project management skills, including the handling of finances and personnel.

In accordance with the ESRF Statutes , the appointment on the position is for a period of 5 years.

In order to apply to the position of Director of the Accelerator and Source Division at the ESRF, interested candidates are invited to address by e-mail their CV and motivation letter to the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Miguel Angel Garcia Aranda

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Director of the ESRF Accelerator and Source Division (ASD)