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Scientist for Hereon imaging beamlines at PETRA IV and PETRA III

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon
Hamburg (DE), Germany
Closing date
Jun 30, 2024

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon conducts cutting-edge international research for a changing world: Around 1,000 employees contribute to the tackling of climate change, the sustainable use of the world's coastal systems and the resource-compatible enhancement of the quality of life. From fundamental research to practical applications, the interdisciplinary research spectrum covers a unique range.

Institute of Materials Physics

The Institute of Materials Physics operates instruments on large-scale equipment for structural investigations of materials and works on the development and characterization of novel lightweight materials for high-temperature applications, for example in aircraft turbines and automotive engines. Hereon has a unique infrastructure for complementary materials research with photons and neutrons.

Scientist for Hereon imaging beamlinesat PETRA IV and PETRA III

Reference code: 50117534_2 - 2024/WP 4
Commencement date: as soon as possible
Work location: Hamburg
Application deadline: June 25th, 2024

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon operates an outstation at DESY in Hamburg to provide access to highly brilliant synchrotron radiation within its German Engineering Materials Science Center (GEMS). At the PETRA III synchrotron radiation source, Hereon jointly operates the High Energy Materials Science Beamline (HEMS, P07), the Imaging Beamline (IBL, P05) the Nanofocus Endstation of Micro- and Nanofocus X‑ray Scattering Beamline (MINAXS, P03) and the White Beam Beamline (WINE, P61) along with supporting lab spaces.

Our dedicated Imaging Beamline P05 with endstations for micro- and nanotomography as well as the microtomography station at the High Energy Beamline P07 are optimized for material science and life science applications. They are actively used by members of various scientific fields and within industrial cooperations. Their unique beam characteristics promote novel applications of tomographic techniques, ultra-fast in-situ measurements as well as highest spatial and density resolution by providing phase contrast methods and spatial resolutions down to 40 nm.

The upgrade of PETRA III into the diffraction limited storage ring PETRA IV is planned to begin in 2030. Following the success of our involvement at PETRA III, Hereon will build and operate new beamlines at PETRA IV, among which will be two successors to our present imaging instruments at P05 and P07. These future imaging beamlines will make use of the unique characteristics of a diffraction limited source. They will provide full‑field imaging with spatial resolutions ranging seamlessly from the nanometer to the micrometer regime and with a strong focus on materials science applications, thus operating in a combined energy range from 10 keV to 200 keV and with sufficient space and flexibility to accommodate complex sample environments. The scope of requirements and specifications for the beamline is readily defined and the technical design process is about to begin.

The appointment is initially limited to 3 years and may be extended. Equal opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. We would therefore strongly encourage qualified women to apply for the position.

Your tasks

Your responsibilities will be to support:
  • the design & construction of the new "Full‑field Imaging Beamline for Materials Science" (FBI)
  • the design & construction of the new "Multiscale Materials Microscope Beamline (MMM)"
  • academic and industrial users during beamtimes at our present beamlines P05 and P07

Your profile

The qualifications essential to fulfil these duties are:
  • University degree and PhD in physics, engineering, materials science or in a related discipline
  • working experience at a synchrotron beamline
  • expert knowledge of X-ray imaging techniques
  • programming skills in Python
  • excellent oral and written English skills

These skills and knowledge are considered assets:
  • German language skills
  • experience with simulation of X-ray optics and beamline instrumentation
  • experience with CAD modelling
  • experience in phase contrast or coherent imaging
  • experience as a local contact at a synchrotron beamline
  • programming skills in C++

We offer you
  • an exciting and varied job in a research centre with more than 1,000 employees from around 60 nations
  • a well‑connected research campus and best networking opportunities
  • individual opportunities for further training
  • social benefits according to the collective agreement of the public service and remuneration
  • an excellent technical infrastructure and modern workplace equipment
  • 6 weeks holiday per year; company holidays between Christmas and New Year's Day
  • very good work-life balance through options for mobile and flexible work
  • free assistance program for employees (EAP)
  • Corporate Benefits
  • a varied offer in the canteen on campus

Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.


Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates and list of publications etc.) indicating the reference number 2024/WP 4 until June 25th, 2024.

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