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Research Associate for the Project “HIGH -Q” Attosecond to few fs X-ray imaging of the nanoscale § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

The successful candidate will be part of the ERC Starting Grant funded project called HIGH-Q. The project is dedicated to increasing the spatial resultion and material contrast of mages recorded with extremely short X-ray pulses. The goal is to combine record spatial and temporal resolutions and follow conformational changes of individual nanoparticles during chemical reactions and phase transitions. We focus on using attosecond-short to few femtosecond intense X-ray pulses from Free-Electron-Lasers. There are two branches of the project. First, our group is designing experiments which explore non-linear diffraction enhancement in order to increase spatial resolution. Second, we apply super-resolution algorithms, which computationally increase the spatial resolution of diffraction images during post-processing.

The successful candidate will combine both project parts based on first promising results from preliminary studies. In addition, the candidate will conduct and analyse follow-up experiments. The position will include preparation of beam times at international Free-Electron-Lasers facilities in Japan, US, Switzerland and Germany, data analysis and interpretation based on simulations.


Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

  • a university degree in physics or a related field with an excellent track record
  • experience in programming with Python
  • strong initiative, effective working style
  • high level of creativity and drive to experiment
  • willingness to work in a team
  • interest in X-ray imaging and FEL science in general
  • a background in experimental physics is of benefit
  • ideally experience in X-ray diffraction imaging

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
  • support and supervision by experienced scientists
  • extended stays abroad with our partners at SLAC/Stanford University, US and others can be arranged
  • vibrant and diverse scientific environment at CFEL, 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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