Because the ESRF is supported by 22 countries, diversity has always been part of its DNA. XX nationalities are represented among the staff and continuous effort is deployed in developing diversity, with significant actions being taken to promote the employment of disabled persons and to encourage gender equality.

Some examples are:

  • Organisation of the Synchrotron@School programme, which consists in inviting high school students for a one-day immersion in our institute and to encourage to pursue their education in the sciences
  • Free French classes are offered to newcomers (and their spouses) who don’t speak French, to help them adapt to life in France
  • Participation in Sport2Job events, which are challenges organised to bridge the gaps between employment, sports and handicap

Work-Life Balance

Working in a synchrotron facility is very demanding and employees tend to be committed and passionate about their job. This often pushes them to spend long hours at work. Making sure that we are offering not only a stimulating work environment but also a context in which individuals can thrive and find balance between their professional and their private life is therefore essential to us.

Great Location

Our institute is located in the EPN Campus (European Photon and Neutron campus) near the centre of Grenoble, in the French Alps, and easily accessible by public transportation (tramway and buses) or other environmentally-friendly modes of transport (walking, biking, skateboarding, etc). The EPN Campus is part of a larger area called Presqu’île scientifique, which hosts many innovative industries, higher education institutes and research laboratories.

Within the EPN Campus, our employees can enjoy meals in the Common Restaurant, which offers local and organic products. The campus is surrounded by spacious green areas, trees and beautiful mountains.