Postdoctoral Scientist for machine learning of data streams with a focus on coherent scattering experiments

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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 Materials Imaging and Dynamics (MID) group at the European XFEL facility is looking for a

For our MID group we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Scientist (f/m/d) for machine learning of data streams with a focus on coherent scattering experiments

The position

  • development and application of machine-learning (ML) algorithms for analysis of x-ray scattering data with particular emphasis on coherent techniques like CDI, XPCS and XCCA.
  • implementation of near-online ML algorithms at the MID instrument with data coming from the AGIPD detector
  • exploration of ML for automatic instrument alignment


  • PhD degree in computer science, physics, engineering or a related discipline
  • very good expertise in python and/or C++
  •  experience in handling large data volumes and data streams
  • proven experience in developing and applying ML algorithms
  • previous post doc or PhD experience with relevant techniques like x-ray scattering and imaging, spectroscopy, or ultrafast experiments is advantageous
  • ability to work autonomously within a larger team and regularly outside usual office working hours (during shift work periods working times include nights and weekends)
  • excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary team, with English as the working language. Knowledge of German is considered an asset.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Markus Scholz (

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 limited to 3 years.


08 October 2020


Please apply online and provide a motivation letter and your CV in English, a list of publications as well as reference letters 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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