Open Positions

Would you like to work in an international environment and help out at the world’s brightest X-ray source?

Then consider joining European XFEL, a new research facility of superlatives. European XFEL generates ultrashort and extremely bright X-ray flashes for studies in different disciplines like life sciences, chemistry, and materials research.

How to apply

All our openings are always offered publicly on our homepage.

Please use exclusively our online recruitment tool, which can be directly called up by clicking the link in the "Application" section in the relevant job advertisement. There are only four mandatory fields to fill. Then please attach your complete application file (preferably as a PDF) to complete the first step. You will immediately receive an automatically-generated message acknowledging receipt. Afterwards, we ask you for some patience. In most cases, we will get in touch with you only after the application deadline has expired.

Applications submitted after the posted deadline usually will not be considered for the recruitment process.

Please note: Only on rare occasions (mainly because of browser problems) will this procedure not work. In the event of a technical problem, please send us your application with a respective message via email to hr-group@xfel.eu. Also please bear in mind that the system only allows you to upload a total file size of 7 MB.

Recruitment process

Immediately after the deadline for applications, an international selection committee of men and women evaluates the written applications.

One criterion is the completeness of the solicited documents. So please provide a cover letter, a CV, and certificates (if requested). Normally, in the course of one week following the deadline, the committee compiles a shortlist consisting of three to six candidates. Dates for the interviews are fixed and the invitations are sent out. We try to take the wishes of the candidates into consideration, which is mostly, but not always, possible.

Applicants who will not be considered further in the recruitment process or who might be contacted at a later stage will also be informed within the aforementioned timeframe.

Travel costs and the use of public transport at the place of residence and in Hamburg as well as accommodation–if necessary–will be covered or reimbursed by the company in the maximum amount of 2 overnight stays. Flights and hotels are usually organized by the company through our travel agency and are directly paid by the company. Please note that travel costs within Hamburg for local/Hamburg candidates are not reimbursed.

If a visa is needed for traveling to Germany, we will send you the necessary invitation and consult you regarding the procedure. In exceptional cases, if a visa is not attainable in the available timeframe, we will organize a video conference instead.

The interviews are held by the selection committee in English language. Positions for technicians or mechanics might, in exceptional cases and on request of the candidate, be conducted in German. Scientists and engineers are usually requested to give a talk of roughly 15 to 20 minutes about previous achievements in an area relevant to the position. A PC and a beamer/projector will be available for use. The presentation is followed by a question and answer session with the committee. Afterwards, the candidate also has time to ask questions—for example, regarding the position, the company, and the respective group. The duration of the interviews varies between 50 and 90 minutes, depending on the position. In most cases, you will also meet an HR representative, who will explain to you details such as salary and working time. Interviews for technical or computer science positions may be followed by a short practical exam. For scientific positions, a short tour through the lab is sometimes organized. After the interviews, the selection committee summarizes the results; if deemed helpful and necessary, reference persons are contacted after the interview. The selection committee then provides a ranking of the candidates. The candidates will receive feedback, usually within two weeks after the final interview.

How to find us

The Human Resources office is located on the second floor of the European XFEL headquarters building in Schenefeld.

Should you have an appointment with us at our office in Schenefeld, please come to the reception desk in the foyer. Please see our contacts page for more information, including directions to the Schenefeld campus via public transportation, automobile, and taxi.

Shaping the future

European XFEL is an international non-profit company located in the Hamburg area in Germany. It operates a 3.4 km-long X-ray laser, which produces X-rays of unique quality for studies in physics, chemistry, the life sciences, materials research and other disciplines. The diverse scientific facilities at European XFEL enable scientists from across the globe to carry out a wide range of experimental techniques.

The Spectroscopy and Coherent Scattering (SCS) instrument enables time-resolved soft and tender X-ray experiments to probe the electronic and structural properties of complex materials, molecules, and nanostructures. Scientific objectives include, but are not limited to, the understanding and control of complex materials, the investigation of ultrafast magnetization processes on the nanoscale, the real-time observation of chemical reactions in liquids, and the exploration of nonlinear X-ray spectrocopy techniques. The two baseline spectroscopic techniques taking place at the SCS instrument are transmission mode XAS and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering enabled by the hRIXS spectrometer. 

For our Spectroscopy and Coherent Scattering (SCS) instrument group we are looking for a

PhD Student (f/m/d) to investigate the structural dynamics of multiferroics

The position

Multiferroic materials, with the promise to reduce the energy per memory bit down to 1 aJ, represent an appealing alternative to metal-oxide-semiconductor technology. An example of multiferroic material is one that exhibits both spontaneous ferroelectric polarization and magnetization. To advance the search of efficient multiferroics, a fundamental understanding of the relation between atomic structure and functional properties as well as controlling the dynamics of multiferroics switching is essential. The time-resolved X-ray Standing Wave (tr-XSW) technique can play a crucial role in correlating time-dependent atomic positions with multiferroic properties by measuring atomic positions with picometer spatial and femtosecond temporal resolution. The goal of this PhD project is to establish tr-XSW as a tool to probe the structural dynamics of multiferroics in optical pump – X-ray probe experiments.
 
The specific tasks include:
  • contribute to the development and commissioning of the tr-XSW setup at the SCS Instrument, and to the performance of tr-XSW experiments on ferroelectric thin films
  • perform XSW experiments at synchrotron light sources to characterize the sample atomic positions in the ground state, as well as second harmonic generation (all-optical laboratory experiments) to probe the dynamics of ferroelectric polarization
  • develop tools for data analysis and simulation of expected results

Requirements

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Physics, nanosciences, engineering physics or in a related discipline
  • programming skills using Python is considered an asset
  • ability to work outside usual office working hours (during shift beamtimes working times include nights and weekends)
  • good communication skills in English and ability to work in an international and multi-disciplinary team
     

For additional information, please contact Dr. Giuseppe Mercurio (giuseppe.mercurio@xfel.eu) or Dr. Andreas Scherz (andreas.scherz@xfel.eu) .

Working place will be Schenefeld in the Hamburg metropolitan area. General information on working in Germany, the Hamburg area and the European XFEL can be found under www.xfel.eu/careers.

Our offer

The European XFEL GmbH employs a diverse, broadly international staff. Become part of a vibrant international and multi-cultural team of scientists, engineers, technical and administrative staff. Be involved in cutting edge scientific and technical progress, participate in our international networks, and shape your life upon trust based flexible working times and telecommuting options. Experience our atmosphere of tolerance and respect.
The PhD positions are fully funded for a duration of three years. In justified cases an extension is possible.
Salary amounts to 75% of pay group 13 for civil servants in Germany (TVöD Bund). Further benefits are similar to those of public service organizations in Germany. In addition, European XFEL provides a non-contributory company pension scheme, broad relocation benefits, a subsidized job-ticket for the local public transportation system, as well as our brand-new company restaurant BeamStop. Company language is English, non-German candidates hired from abroad receive an international allowance.
The European XFEL PhD program goes far beyond classical PhD studies. You will have the opportunity to advance your professional, personal and methodical abilities for boosting your scientific career.

Reference number

S-316_c

Duration

This appointment is limited to 3 years.

Deadline

07 October 2020

Application

Please apply online and provide a motivation letter and your CV in English as well as certificates in one single pdf-file.

Applicants with disabilities will be given preference over other equally qualified applicants The European XFEL GmbH is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women

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