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PostDoc (m/f)

Code No. 2017/WP 3

The place of employment is Hamburg.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. You can find more information at
The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht operates an outstation at DESY in Hamburg in order to provide access to highly brilliant synchrotron radiation within its German Engineering Materials Science Center (GEMS). At the PETRA III synchrotron radiation source, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht jointly operates the High Energy Materials Science Beamline (HEMS, P07), the Imaging Beamline (IBL, P05) and the Nanofocus Endstation of the Micro and Nanofocus X-ray Scattering Beamline (MINAXS, P03) along with supporting lab spaces (

Recently, DESY has extended the number of beamlines at PETRA III with two extensions. DESY and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht are building a new beamline at one of the extensions for use with white X-ray beams. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht part of the beamline will focus on engineering materials research. Among others, experiments for residual stress analysis and spatially and time-resolved phase analysis will be offered to users.

Within this framework we are looking for a PostDoc (m/f) as instrument scientist (m/f) at the new white-beam beamline. The concrete hutches for the beamline will be built in early 2018 and the frontend shall be completed in late 2018.
The position will initially be limited to three years with the option of an extension.
Your Tasks:
Your task will be to build and run the new beamline including sample environments and to build up a user community. You will be supported by local technicians and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht central technical department and work together with external partners.
Your work includes:
  • defining optical elements, experimental area and detectors for the beamline
  • designing sample environments for in-situ experiments together with external cooperation partners and in-house researchers
  • commissioning of the new beamline
  • development of software for data reduction and analysis
  • service for users at the beamline
  • acquisition of scientific collaborations
  • pursuit of an own scientific research project within the scope of Helmholtz programme-oriented funding

Required qualifications:
In order to be successful you definitely need experience with synchrotron beamline instrumentation and sample environments. Experience with white beam techniques will be necessary as well.
In addition, you need:
  • a PhD in physics or a related discipline
  • knowledge in materials science
  • experience with diffraction-based residual stress analysis, especially white beam techniques
  • capability of analysis of large amounts of diffraction data
  • programming skills in a high level computer language
  • good German and English language skills

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Peter Staron (
We offer an appropriate salary related to TV-AVH as well as the usual public
sector social benefits. The advancement of equality at the Helmholtz-Zentrum
Geesthacht goes without saying; in particular, we are striving to increase the
percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with
equal qualifications will be considered preferentially within the framework of
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Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2017/WP 3 preferably by e-mail (as pdf-file including motivation letter, a CV and a list of publications) to

Closing date for applications is August, 16th, 2017.

Max-Planck-Straße 1 | 21502 Geesthacht | Germany |

Bewerbungsschluss: 16.08.2017
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