Research Scientist on new sensor materials (m/f/d)

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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 position

With the European XFEL committed to hard X-ray photons with energies above 20 keV, future detector development must involve research on sensor materials with higher quantum efficiency than silicon in the above mentioned energy range. Within this framework, European XFEL has started a three year exploratory phase to identify viable sensor candidates for future detectors.

  • The researcher responsibilities will include:
  • establish a program for sensor qualification in the laboratory and at the beamlines;
  • work with the detector technologies currently used in the facility to evaluate new sensor prototypes (AGIPD, LPD, JUNGFRAU);
  • take active part in performance qualification, both in the laboratory and in dedicated beamtimes, in collaboration with EuXFEL partners;
  • take a leading role in the analysis of collected data and in the assessment of the performances of analysed materials and systems.


  • Master or PhD degree in physics or engineering or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience with detector systems operation and characterization is required
  • Knowledge on sensor characterization and qualification will be considered an asset
  • Programming skills (Python and/or C/C++ will be considered assets)
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in a multi-lingual and multi-disciplinary team with English as working language

For additional information, please contact Marco Ramilli ( or Monica Turcato ( .

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 appointments are initially limited to 3 years.


10  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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