Project Coordination Engineer

Context & Job description

The ESRF is the sole beneficiary of a European project (STREAMLINE) that aims to ensure the long-term sustainability of research at its micro and nano X-ray beamlines in the context of its ESRF-EBS upgrade. The full exploitation of the ESRF-EBS poses new long-term sustainability challenges arising from the exploitation of its unprecedented X-ray beams. The ESRF runs an extensive public user programme, allowing scientists from all over the world to access its 30 publicly funded beamlines and part of its 13 private beamlines. With the ESRF-EBS upgrade more users, more samples and more data through faster and new experiments are expected, and the ESRF has to adapt its procedures to this new context. Furthermore new services can be created.

The ESRF User Office ensures the efficient and smooth running of this external user programme. Within the STREAMLINE project, the User Office is leading a work package that will update user tools, administrative procedures and access routes to permit a higher throughput of users, experiments and samples in the light of the EBS.

As Project Coordination Engineer in the User Office you will define the framework for future user administration workflows and procedures, and deliver the specifications for the new ESRF User Portal (Scientific Management Information System).

To meet this objective, and in close collaboration with the Head of the User Office, the successful candidate is expected to:

  • Acquire an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current user operation procedures and the various actors involved in the workflows
  • Identify procedural improvements and opportunities for new tools to modernise user administration workflows and procedures, and their interfacing with other systems;
  • Design and elaborate the functionalities required;
  • Elaborate and document the detailed specifications in collaboration with the SMIS developers;
  • Ensure the follow-up of implementation and testing, with pilot runs when

Expected profile

  • Higher university degree (Master, MSc, DESS, Diplom, Diploma, Ingeniera Superior, Licenciatura, Laurea or equivalent) in Engineering or a relevant discipline
  • 5 to 10 years of professional experience
  • Competence and experience in project management and associated tools
  • Basic technical software knowledge to understand technical constraints and communicate easily with developers
  • Knowledge in beamline operation and/or user administration or a previous experience at a large scale facility would be an asset
  • Excellent communication skills and sense of flexibility
  • English proficiency (working language at the ESRF)

Working conditions

We offer a comprehensive benefits package designed to support your quality of life and your installation in the Grenoble area when relocation is needed.

The monthly salary may be complemented by additional allowances upon eligibility (expatriation allowance, etc.).

Company description

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.