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Research Associate Attosecond to few fs X-ray imaging of the nanoscale § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

Duties primarily include teaching and research. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Our group is working with Free-Electron-Lasers (FEL) facilities all over the world in Japan, US, Switzerland and Germany. The aim is to combine record spatial and temporal resolutions in X-ray imaging and follow conformational changes of individual nanoparticles during chemical reactions and phase transitions. Very recently several FELs started offering isolated attosecond and few fs short X-ray pulses, which are tunable in photon energy and carry unprecedented peak power. The development opens a new chapter in X-ray and attosecond science. We focus on exploring a variety of non-linear transient phenomena and quantum effects, which increase the quality of X-ray diffraction from individual nanoparticles and molecules.

The successful candidate will lead and conduct beam times at international Free-Electron-Lasers facilities in Japan, US, Switzerland and Germany. The position also includes data analysis and interpretation based on simulations. In addition, we are building a new lab-based XUV source which will help us develop new algorithms for improved X-ray imaging based on compressed sensing. The candidate will be part of this project. The position comes with a teaching duty of 4 LVS.


Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

  • a university degree in physics or a related field with an excellent track record
  • strong experience in programming with Python
  • multi-year experience in experimental physics, an international publication record, ideally in X-ray diffraction imaging
  • strong initiative, effective working style
  • high level of creativity and drive to experiment
  • willingness to work in a team

We offer

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Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
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Continuing education opportunities
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University pensions
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Attractive location
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Flexible working hours
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Work-life balance opportunities
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Health management

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Educational leave

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30 days of vacation per annum

  • unique experiments at user facilities at the forefront of X-ray science
  • extended stays abroad with our partners at SLAC/Stanford University, US and others can be arranged
  • vibrant and diverse scientific environment within walking/biking distance: CUI excellence cluster, CFEL, FLASH, EuXFEL Uni Hamburg and DESY

Universität Hamburg—University of Excellence is one of the strongest research educational institutions in Germany. Our work in research, teaching, educational and knowledge exchange activities is fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens ready to tackle the global challenges facing us. Our guiding principle “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” drives collaboration with academic and nonacademic partner institutions in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and around the world. We would like to invite you to be part of our community to work with us in creating sustainable and digital change for a dynamic and pluralist society.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.


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