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 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.

Join our team

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.

Two school laboratories are being built on the European XFEL campus. One will be equipped for biology and chemistry experiments and the other for physics experiments. Prior to the expected opening in 2023, educational modules need to be developed and tested. The development of a first module on virus research will be funded by the Joachim Herz Foundation.

For our Visitor Center team, we are now looking for a

Teacher for school laboratories in biology, chemistry and physics (f/m/d)

The position

The successful candidate will initially work on the following tasks:

  • Create an Open Educational Resource for high-school students on virus research that will be published online under an open license and includes aspects of bioinformatics, laboratory and presentation components.
  • Develop this resource, which will also be used for school classes visiting the school lab, in collaboration with researchers and teachers; test materials with school classes.
  • Contribute to developing further modules for the school laboratories for different high-school classes and subject areas (including biology, chemistry and physics), considering links to European XFEL research as well as school curricula.
  • Prepare for school visits, including procurement of equipment, chemicals, bacterial cells, electronics or other experimental items


After the opening of the European XFEL Visitor Centre and School lab, the candidate will:

  • Teach and supervise visiting school classes, with assistance from student tutors.
  • Provide training and instruction for student tutors.
  • Develop networks with schools, scientists and other school laboratories, especially in the local region, but also on a national and international level.
  • Continuously improve the teaching modules and develop new ones for different age groups and thematic areas
  • Develop concepts for attracting a range of different school classes to attend including different school types and for visiting schools from other European countries
  • Develop modules for the training of teachers
  • Contribute to strategy development for the European XFEL school laboratories in collaboration with the Visitor Centre Coordinator and PR Group Lead.


  • University degree in education and teaching specialised in the natural sciences; or degree in the natural sciences with additional qualification (or equivalent experience) in science education or science communication
  • Excellent German language skills, and ability to teach high-school classes in German as well as in English
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience in developing teaching materials for high-school students in the natural sciences
  • Experience teaching in either a school environment or in extra-curricular programmes targeted at high-school students

For additional information, please contact Bernd Ebeling ( .

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

Our offer

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.

Salary and 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, as well as subsidized job-tickets and meals at our company restaurant. The European XFEL GmbH intends to achieve a widely international staff. Company language is English, non-German candidates hired from abroad receive an international allowance.

Reference number



This appointment is initially limited to 2 years. A permanent extension is foreseen at a later stage.


10 February 2021


Please apply online and provide a cover letter next to a CV in English, as well as your work 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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