List of PhD projects (current and past)

Overview of PhD projects at the ILL

The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble (France) is an international research laboratory that operates the world's most intense neutron source

We are offering fully funded 3-year PhD projects for doctoral students in a variety of scientific fields (condensed matter physics, chemistry, materials science, particle physics, nuclear physics, biology, soft condensed matter) using different techniques in neutron scattering (neutron diffraction, neutron spectroscopy, triple-axis, time-of-flight, backscattering, spin-echo, SANS, neutron reflectivity).

The successful PhD candidate will work mostly at the ILL in Grenoble but be enrolled in a university from one of the ILL's member countries: France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Sweden, Belgium, Slovakia, Denmark, Poland.  However, the PhD student does not need to have any particular nationality.

Scientific domains of the ILL's PhD projects

MAG Magnetism  
MAT Materials  
SCM Soft Condensed Matter  
B&H Biology & Health  
NPP Nuclear and Particle Physics  
IME Instruments, Methods and Engineering

PhD projects offered in 2018

The following PhD projects were accepted by the ILL in March 2018, and some of them are still looking for a suitable candidate.
Please contact the academic supervisor if you are interested in the project.

PhD projects offered in 2017

The following PhD projects were accepted by the ILL in February 2017, and some of them are still looking for a suitable candidate.
Please contact the academic supervisor if you are interested in the project.

PhD number


Title of PhD project 
(click on title for projects still needing applicants)


Academic/External Supervisor(s)ILL/Internal Supervisor(s)

PhD student


MAGInvestigation of the Magnetic Structure and Electronic Properties of Mn oxypnictidesAberdeen UniversityAbbie MclaughlinC. Ritter

Candidate appointed


MAGNovel ground states and excitations in quantum spin liquidsUCL UKAndrew WillsB. Fak

Candidate appointed


MATNature, abundance and dynamics of hydrogenous species in metal supported catalysts under hydrogenation reaction conditionsUniversity of TurinElena GroppoA. Piovano

Candidate appointed


MATStructural and dynamic properties of borate glasses and liquids in connections with elastic phase transitionUPMC ParisGuillaume FerlatM. Gonzalez

Candidate appointed


B&HProtein‐carbohydrate interactions by neutronsUGA GrenobleAnne ImbertyJ. Devos

Candidate appointed


MATInvestigations of the impact of mineral impurities on gas trapping selectivity within clathrate hydratesUniversity of Bordeaux/BesançonArnaud Desmet, Ludovic Martin-GondreJ. Ollivier

Candidate appointed


B&HStable lipids bilayers past the boiling point of waterUniversity of LyonPhilippe OgerB. Demé

Candidate appointed


B&HProtein and water dynamics at the atomic levelUniversity of CopenhagenSine LarsenE. Mossou

Candidate appointed


MAGElucidation of ligand fields, metal-metal interactions and phonon spectra for a new family of highly symmetric lanthanide single molecule magnets by use of INSUniversity CopenhagenJesper BendixH. Mutka 


MAGHalfmetalic heterostructures by PNR and STEM/EELS: magnetic and elemental structure on atomic levelUniversity of YorkVladov LazarovT. Saerbeck 


MAGSynthesis, Physico-Chemical and Magnetic Properties of Advanced Magnetic Ionic liquidsUni CantabriaManuel del Pedro del VallleO. Fabelo

Candidate appointed


MAGStatic and dynamic properties in exchange frustrated magnets with competing ground statesUniversity of heidelbergRuediger KlingelerM. Enderle 


MATStructure and dynamics of water in ordinary Portland and low CO2 cementsUGA GrenobleAlejandro Fernandez-MartinezG. Cuello

Candidate appointed


MAGOrdered spinels Co5-xZnxTeO8University CaenNicolas BarrierE. Suard

Candidate appointed


IMEAdvanced scintillator readout for fast-timing
experiments and application to the N = 82 region at FIPPS
University of Madrid    Luis Mario FraileP. Mutti

Candidate appointed


MATStructure and dynamics of conjugated polymers for energy and optoelectronic applicationsImperial College LondonJenny Nelson,
Anne Guilbert
M. Zbiri 


SCMUnderstanding Viscosity Changes in Oppositely Charged Biopolyelectrolyte-Surfactant ComplexesMax Planck InstituteEmanuel SchneckHoffmann

Candidate appointed