Postdoc in Ultrafast Molecular Dynamics (f/m/d)

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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.

The position

The successful candidate will be involved and reinforce the scientific activities of the SQS research team aiming to maintain the performances of the instrument on the highest technical level, to perform innovative in-house research and to support the scientific community in ambitious experimental studies. The position entails:

  • Operation and development of new optical systems and sources for cutting-edge time-resolved experiments at the shortest timescales, especially in the UV-VUV wavelength regime
  • Integration and improvement of the current optical systems for time-resolved multi-wavelength pump-probe experiments
  • Development of individual research activities at the European XFEL
  • Active participation in the broad science program at the SQS instrument
  • Support and consultation to instrument users for their experimental campaign


  • PhD in physics or an equivalent academic degree
  • Proven experience with femtosecond optical lasers including dispersion management and optical design
  • Experience with pump-probe experiments on gas phase targets
  • Practical knowledge of UHV technologies and/or practical experience at large scale facility (e.g. SR, FEL) would be an asset
  • Knowledge of programming languages, Matlab, C++ or Python

For additional information, please contact Michael Meyer ( .

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.

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This appointments are initially limited to 3 years. An extension might be possible subject to a later decision.


19 April 2023


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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