Postdoctoral Researcher - Instrument Scientist (f/m/d) at the X-ray Spectrometer PEAXIS at BESSY II

Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin


May 24, 2022


Postdoctoral Researcher - Instrument Scientist (f/m/d) at the X-ray

Spectrometer PEAXIS at BESSY II

Reference No.: QM 2022/8

The Department for Dynamics and Transport in Quantum Materials undertakes world leading research on charge and thermal transport in novel phases of quantum and strongly correlated materials. A particular focus is on investigations of the electronic structure and dynamics by spectroscopic methods (photons and neutrons) elucidating the coupling of electronic degrees of freedom to quasiparticles in solid-state matter. For this research, we operate the spectrometer PEAXIS dedicated to resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) with soft X-rays at the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II and provide the endstation capabilities to the international user community. Complementary to microscopic probes, the investigated materials are characterized with respect to their structural, electronic, magnetic, and thermal properties by a wide range of experimental laboratory techniques. To support our team and the user service at PEAXIS we are looking for a committed instrument scientist.

Your Tasks

We are looking for you as a postdoctoral scientist supporting our international user community at the RIXS and XPS instrument PEAXIS at BESSY II. In addition to performing the experiments, you will support our users in the interpretation of the measurement results and the optimization of an efficient experimental program during beamtime. An important focus of your job profile lies on conducting an independent research program on quantum materials. The continuous development of PEAXIS will be driven by extending the existing software tools and integrating artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize the beamline and the instrument.

Your specific tasks are:

  • Support of international users at the X-ray spectrometer PEAXIS
  • Accomplishment of a successful research program employing inelastic soft X-ray scattering experiments at PEAXIS
  • Maintenance and further development of PEAXIS
  • Software development for instrument control and data analysis
  • Publication of research results in high-profile peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Your Profile
  • PhD in physics or chemistry with experience in experimental solid-state physics
  • Strong experimental background and working knowledge with inelastic photon scattering and/or photoelectron spectroscopy
  • Ability to work with guest researchers and technical support groups
  • Good communication skills and team working abilities
  • Demonstrated experience with programming languages C++ and Python
  • Your Benefits at HZB
  • An exciting job in one of the largest non-university research institutions in Berlin
  • A challenging task in an attractive working environment
  • You will become part of an international team that is strongly committed to research in the field of quantum materials using unique experimental facilities at BESSY II
  • Very good work-life balance through flexible working hours and the possibility of mobile working
  • Extensive social benefits, e.g., company pension scheme, occupational health management, company sports offers, and financial support for public transport (Jobticket)
  • Offers for professional development through internal and external training courses and qualification measures
  • And a team that is looking forward to working with you!
  • Fixed term contract for 36 months. The salary is based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).

    How to apply

    Please send us your cover letter, CV and contact details of at least two references.

    We look forward to receiving your application via our application management system by 24.05.2022. For reasons of data protection regulations, we are unfortunately unable to consider applications that reach us by email or by mail in the application process.

    We strive to increase the proportion of female employees and are therefore particularly pleased to receive applications from women. Disabled applicants with equal aptitude are given preference.

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