PhD Student in the HED Instrument Group

Website European XFEL

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. Early user operation started in September 2017.

Our HED (High Energy Density) Instrument Group is offering a position as

PhD Student (f/m/d)

The position

  • exploring physical properties and new state of matter under extreme condition or pressure and temperature with fast X-ray techniques
  • developing pre-compression devices, i.e. diamond anvil cells with our high energy laser (DIPOLE Laser)

   Including additional opportunities of:

  • participating in projects about shock dynamic experiments performed at other large scale facilities (i.e. synchrotrons, FELs)
  • taking an active part in the ongoing experiments realized at the HED instrument


  • master’s degree in physics, material science, experimental geoscience or other relevant disciplines
  • practical experience with extreme condition science, static compression (DAC) and/or shock dynamic compression are considered an asset
  • knowledge of X-ray based methods is considered an asset
  • experience in computing and coding is considered an asset
  • self-motivated with a good ability to work independently
  • strong communication skills and interest in working in a collaborative, international and multidisciplinary team with English as working language

For additional information, please contact Dr. Valerio Cerantola (

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 multicultural 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, a subsidized job-ticket for the local public transportation system, as well as our brand-new company restaurant BeamStop. The European XFEL GmbH employs a diverse, broadly international staff. Non-German candidates hired from abroad receive an international allowance.

Reference number



This appointment is initially limited to 3 years.


31 March 2020


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. Handicapped persons 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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