Accelerator Physicist at FERMI (# of positions: 2)

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Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste is an international multidisciplinary research center operated as a user facility, featuring a 2.0/2.4 GeV, third-generation synchrotron light source and a variety of support laboratories. The extremely high quality of the machine and beamlines has set new performance records and has been producing results of great scientific interest. See for more information. A free-electron laser (FEL) based, fourth generation source – FERMI – is currently under commissioning. See for more information.

Unique among the FEL sources currently operating in the ultraviolet and soft x-ray range worldwide, FERMI has been developed to provide fully coherent ultrashort (20-100 femtosecond) pulses with a peak brightness ten billion times higher than that made available by third-generation light sources. FERMI is opening unique opportunities for exploring the structure and transient states of condensed matter, soft matter and low-density matter using a variety of diffraction, scattering and spectroscopy techniques.The research activities in FEL and Accelerator Physics are performed, both theoretically and experimentally, to exploit the present capabilities offered by the machine and to develop new upgrades to the machine complex and new schemes for FEL generation.
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Job Description:

Two positions are open for accelerator physicists to participate in the R&D activities at the FERMI facility (A and B, respectively).
Current objectives of machine physics activities at FERMI include:
1. Extending the FEL spectral range down to the oxygen K-edge on the fundamental harmonic and to the 1 keV photon energy on the higher order harmonics.
2. Explore methods to reduce the FEL pulse on duration to sub-15 fs range.
3. Extend the possibilities of generating multiple pulses while preserving the synchronization between them.
The successful candidate A will develop studies on the basis of the existing experimental data and simulations and propose new experiments, to define the best strategy for the modifications of the FERMI layout to accomplish objectives 1) and 3) above. The candidate will be involved also in strengthening the capabilities of the FERMI feedback system, including neural networks and artificial intelligence to extend and implement algorithms for self-optimization of the machine.
The successful candidate B will develop simulations and propose new experiments to define the best strategy to accomplish objective 2) above and propose techniques for the determination of the pulse duration. He/she will follow also supervision the practical implementation of such techniques, in collaboration with the FERMI laser group.
Both persons will be involved also in the experimental cutting-edge research activities of FERMI of the FERMI Machine Physics team.
They will be encouraged to develop and strengthen links with accelerator physics specialists at other international facilities.


A Ph.D. in Physics or a related discipline is required as well as experience in accelerator and FEL physics. Knowledge of accelerator design and beam dynamics codes, beam instrumentation, programming skills (Python, IDL, C++, Labview or Matlab) would be an important asset.
Good time management skills and ability to prioritize are expected, together with the ability to interact with staff and facility users and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Good oral and written communication skills in English are essential.

The deadline for the submission of application is 27/04/2018. The appointment envisioned is a fixed term contract of an initial duration of 24months.
The salary will be commensurate with previous experience and qualifications of the candidate.

Applications should include a full curriculum vitae, the names and contact information (including electronic mail) of at least two references.

We thank all applicants in advance.
Applications should be sent by e-mail:

For more information, please contact Dr. Alessandro Fabris:

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