[Neutron] Vacancy for a Scientist at ILL

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Thu May 4 12:27:51 CDT 2006

_Vacancy for a Scientist at ILL_ (Computing for Science)

The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), situated in Grenoble, France, is 
Europe's leading research facility for fundamental research using 
neutrons. The ILL operates the brightest neutron source in the world, 
reliably delivering intense neutron beams to 40 unique scientific 
instruments. The Institute welcomes 1700 visiting scientists per year to 
carry out world class research in solid state physics, crystallography, 
soft matter, biology, chemistry and fundamental physics. Funded 
primarily by its three founder members: France, Germany and the United 
Kingdom, the ILL has also signed scientific collaboration agreements 
with 8 other European countries.

The Science Division currently has a vacancy in its "Computing for 
Science" group for a:


The successful candidate will work closely with other "Computing for 
Science" group members, ILL scientists and users supporting and 
developing several of the group's activities. These include:

·                     Data analysis - the group develops data 
visualisation and analysis programs for a wide range of neutron 
scattering experiments. A number of languages are used ranging from 
Fortran and C to IDL (see http://www.ill.fr/data_treat/lamp/front.html) 
and Matlab (see http://www.ill.fr/tas/matlab/doc/).

·                     Instrument simulations - new instruments and 
instrument upgrades, which can involve complex neutron optics, require 
Monte Carlo ray-tracing simulations for design optimisation. In 
particular, the widely used McStas code is jointly developed at ILL and 
Risoe (see http://www.ill.fr/tas/mcstas/).

·                     Sample simulations - in complex systems, 
understanding experimental data such as the vibrational density of 
states of materials or the static structure factor of liquids and 
glasses can be greatly enhanced by the use of total energy calculations, 
for example, based on density functional theory (see 

·                     High performance computing - most of the group's 
activities require substantial computational resources. We operate two 
Linux clusters and have begun to set up a computational grid at ILL.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and have a keen interest in 
developing the use of computing in analysing and understanding 
experimental data. He/she should have experience in scientific 
computing, a PhD in condensed matter science and preferably some 
experience in neutron scattering. He/she must be able to contribute to 
the data analysis work and at least one other group activity.

Knowledge of English essential, knowledge of French and/or German would 
be an advantage.

This is a permanent position. In addition to a competitive salary, 
certain benefits (partial reimbursement of removal expenses, adaptation 
allowance, etc.) may be offered.
For further information, contact Dr Mark Johnson (johnson at ill.fr).

**An application with curriculum vitae and the names of two academic 
referees should be sent, quoting reference *06/25, *no later than 
*09.06.2006*, preferably by e-mail to: johnson at ill.fr 
<mailto:Johnson at ill.fr>* *or by post to:

Dr M. Johnson, Head of Computing for Science Group
B.P. 156 - 38042 GRENOBLE CEDEX 9 - France


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