Jean Susini holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, France. He joined the ESRF in 1989 to work on X-ray optics for synchrotron beamlines. In 1994 he led the design and construction of the X-ray microscopy beamline, and later was responsible for its user operation. In 2000, he extended the ESRF’s microscopy facilities with the development of a hard X-ray microprobe and an infrared microscopy facility. His main fields of interest are X-ray imaging techniques and applications, with particular focus on environmental science and cultural heritage.
In 2009, he was appointed Head of the Instrumentation Services and Development Division with the mission to strengthen the global leadership of the ESRF in X-ray instrumentation by the creation of an interdisciplinary centre of excellence covering technology related to detectors and electronics, X-ray optics, mechanical engineering, data analysis and beamline control.
In 2015, he was appointed ESRF Director of Research for Life Sciences and Chemistry, with the mandate to contribute to the renewal of the beamline portfolio of the ESRF and the development of a long-term scientific strategy for the facility in the context of the upgrade of the ESRF storage ring (EBS programme). He serves on various advisory boards and review committees at an international level. These appointments have included the synchrotron facilities ALBA (Spain), Diamond (UK), IPANEMA – SOLEIL (France), NSRRC (Taiwan) and for American facilities APS, ALS and NSLS-II.