ISSE Workshop, General Assembly, Abstract submission deadline extended to 17 June

10th ISSE Workshop

In approximately three months, the 10th International Workshop on Sample Environment at Scattering Facilities will open its gates. We look forward to meeting you again and exchanging ideas on sample environment.

General Assembly

Herewith, we invite you officially to the next ISSE General Assembly which will take place during this 10th International Workshop in Berlin/Potsdam on Wednesday 5 September 2018 at 9:00. The agenda of this Plenary Meeting will be distributed well in advance of the workshop. For the most recent time table of the workshop please have a look here:


The deadline for abstract submission is extended to 10 June 2018 (Central European Summer Time). We thank everybody who has already submitted their abstracts and encourage those who did not yet find the time to do so at:


Proceedings of the workshop will also be published and we invite you to submit manuscripts. The deadline and technical details will be provided soon.


Please be aware that special conditions at the workshop hotel will remain available until 10 June 2018. So please be sure to book your rooms in time. Information about the hotel can be found here:

We look forward to meeting you at the workshop

Technician Position at the ILL

Looking for an experience in an international research facility? A technician position is opened in the Service for Advanced Neutron Environment (SANE). You will mostly be working in the laboratory and experimental areas with experts in cryogenics and high magnetic fields with the following tasks:

  • maintain, troubleshoot, repair and configure equipment in consultation with your colleagues and hierarchy,
  • assist colleagues and scientists to ensure the smooth operation of the experimental programme,
  • produce and maintain technical documentation and provide occasional assistance with internal training,
  • consult with colleagues and hierarchy on technical issues and troubleshooting,
  • participate in the development of new sample environment equipment.

Please forward to recommended possible candidates !

Manager Sample Environment position at ACNS

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is home to Australia’s nuclear science and technical expertise. More than 1000 scientists, engineers and experts work at ANSTO and use nuclear science and technology to answer the big questions in the world around us – improving health outcomes, increasing our understanding of the environment and climate change, and identifying new opportunities for Australian industry.

We operate much of our country’s landmark science facilities including one of the world’s most modern multipurpose nuclear research reactors, OPAL.  One purpose of OPAL is to provide neutrons to a suite of 15 neutron-scattering instruments within the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS), the leading centre for neutron beam experiments in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Manager Sample Environment at ACNS leads the Sample Environment and Laboratories team. The main focus is providing technical support to the scientific community that uses the Neutron Beam and X-ray instruments available at ACNS. The Manager Sample Environment provides leadership and specialised knowledge to devise novel solutions for challenging experiments. The sample environment group conceives and manages major and minor Sample Environment projects and provides technical advice and recommendations in relation to new equipment and instrumentation developments.

Further details about Sample Environment at ACNS may be found at:

Applications must be submitted online, via:

Job Ref – A180032

Deadline 27 May 2018

For further technical information related to this position please refer to the Position Information Package via the above link or contact Paolo Imperia on +61 2 9717 3330.  For all other queries please contact the HR Shared Services Team on +61 (02) 9717 3111 (press 2 for HR).

The ISSE mourns an uncontested expert in cryogenics

The 1st of May, we have learned with deep sadness the decease of Serge Pujol after a few months of fight with a cancer. Well known by ILL instrument teams and numerous users from more than 40 countries for decades, Serge has been a key staff until his retirement in 2005 and contributed tremendously to the success of the ILL.

At the beginning of the 70s, when the facility started the user programme, physicists needed cryostats for cooling their samples. In 1975, after encountering numerous difficulties with cryostats purchased in different countries, Serge Pujol and Dominique Brochier designed and built a new type of cryostat which will later be called the Orange Cryostat.

They were so successful that they started building them in series and then invented the Cryofurnace in 1983 for answering the demand of chemists who wanted to work below and above room temperature. Physicists then required temperatures lower than 1.5 K, Serge built dilution inserts with Charlie Neumaier and Jean-Louis Ragazzoni and then a dilution cryostat with Alain Benoît (CNRS). These systems were much more practical because it was not necessary to remove cryogens for changing samples.

In order to access the full reciprocal space, Serge then built a 4-circle He flow cryostat in 1987 followed by a dilution cryostat insensitive to gravity with Alain Benoît in 1991. Today, this world-unique cryostat is still very demanded on the single-crystal diffractometer D10. He also designed and built the Cryoflipper and the first Cryopads, helping Francis Tasset to develop the Spherical Neutron Polarimetry technique.

Serge was passionate and an uncontested expert in cryogenics. He used to share his know-how with his colleagues and friends Jean-Paul Gonzales and Maurice de Palma and all others he was meeting on the instruments. Before the end of his carrier, he took the time to teach a new generation who now supports users with great success.

We are extremely grateful and mourn today a person of great value.

Thank you Serge.

NRU reactor at Chalk River is turned off for good today

March 31 signs the final shutdown of the National Research Universal Reactor at Chalk River, Ontario.

NRU played for a long time an important role for the development and success of neutron instrumentation and methods. NRU has been one of the major centres for the development of neutron beam techniques. Bertram Brockhouse received his Nobel prize for the development of neutron spectroscopy techniques with his work at Chalk River. NRU reactor so far produced about 1/3 of world medical isotopes and almost half of the North American supply. The contribution of Chalk River research reactor will remain on the annals of science. [More]