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International Collaboration Officer | French national synchrotron facility

Oct 26 2021

SOLEIL is the French national synchrotron facility, located on the Saclay Plateau near Paris. It is a multi-disciplinary instrument and a research laboratory, whose mission is to run research programs using synchrotron radiation, to develop state-of-the-art instrumentation on the beamlines, and to make those available to the scientific community. SOLEIL, a unique tool for both academic research and industrial applications across a wide range of disciplines including physics, biology, chemistry etc., is used by over 5 000 researchers coming from France and abroad. The facility is a “public” company employing about 500 people, founded by the CNRS and the CEA, and partner of the Paris-Saclay University.

LEAPS – the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources (https://www.leapsinitiative.eu/ )- is a strategic consortium launched by the directors of synchrotron light sources and free electron laser (FEL) facilities in Europe, which encourages collaboration and joint developments to better serve the scientific community and society.

From January 2022 and for 3 years, SOLEIL will chair and co-chair the LEAPS consortium.

I. Missions

Under the authority of the General Director of SOLEIL, the International Collaboration Officer is directly responsible for supporting SOLEIL Management and its teams in the LEAPS consortium. He/she will also have a direct functional link with the members of the SOLEIL teams involved in the LEAPS consortium (in particular, with the Head of the Scientific Partnerships and Legal Office).

II.Responsibilities and tasks

The role of the International Collaboration Officer is twofold:

– To support the General Director of SOLEIL in the management activities of the LEAPS consortium, such as:

Organization and follow-up of governance meetings, conferences, teleconferences, workshops, working groups, etc.

Drafting of meeting minutes, reports on the activities of the consortium and production of dashboards and indicators

Coordination of the preparation and the consolidation of annual budgets

Interface with consortium members (especially with the Governance) and dissemination of information

Monitoring of funding opportunities and coordination of joint responses to European calls

Follow-up of internal LEAPS projects or projects funded by European programs

Communication and networking activities (European Commission, research infrastructure networks, etc.)

– To support the SOLEIL teams involved in LEAPS in their activities within the consortium, such as:

Organization, follow-up and participation in the meetings of the Strategic Groups (SG) and supporting the organization of conferences

Follow-up of the Working Groups (WG), in particular the one dedicated to infrastructure users. Cross-functional work with SOLEIL teams for a better follow-up and information sharing

Participation to internal LEAPS and European projects and monitoring of funding opportunities

These tasks are not exhaustive and can be completed by specific missions according to the needs of SOLEIL in the context of the LEAPS consortium.

In addition to these main tasks in the context of LEAPS, the International Collaboration Officer may oversee other tasks related to SOLEIL’s various international partnerships.

The percentage of involvement of the International Collaboration Officer in the different tasks may evolve during the mission.

III.Education and experience

With a scientific or technical background (master’s degree, PhD or engineering degree), the candidate must

Have a very good level of English (written and spoken)

Demonstrate autonomy, organization, rigor, discretion, ability to prioritize

Adaptability, proactivity, responsiveness, and good interpersonal skills

Knowledge of project management (planning/reporting)

Excellent knowledge of the most common desktop applications and videoconferencing tools

A first experience in a similar position or a research experience in one of SOLEIL’s fields will be appreciated.

This offer corresponds to a fixed-term contract (CDD) of 36 months. The position is based in Saint-Aubin (Essonne, France) and available immediately. You should expect to be asked to travel abroad for assignments.

Source: Synchrotron Soleil