Scientist for Electron and Ion Spectroscopy

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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 Small Quantum Systems (SQS) group of the European XFEL is operating one of the six scientific instruments dedicated to the investigation of gas-phase samples with soft X-rays.

For the installation, commissioning and operation of a novel timestamping camera at the SQS instrument, we are looking for a

Scientist (f/m/d) for Electron and Ion Spectroscopy

The position

  • integration and operation of a Timepix3 camera for ion and electron velocity map
    imaging at MHz repetition rates
  • development of a hardware setup tuned specifically for the experimental conditions at
  • implementation of online and offline analysis routines in collaboration with the EuXFEL
    data analysis group
  • design and conduction of proof-of-principle studies using the optical laser available at
  • active role in all scientific projects employing the Timepix3 camera
  • development of own research program, ideally leading an own experimental campaign
    at SQS
  • participation in the development of next-generation detectors (Timepix4)
  • participation in user support


  • PhD in experimental physics or a related area
  • experience with electron and ion spectroscopy (ideally velocity map imaging) using Xrays
    and/or femtosecond lasers
  • profound data analysis skills, ideally experience with correlation analysis
  • motivation to participate in the advancement and operation of an experimental station
    enabling forefront research at free-electron lasers
  • good communication skills and the ability to work in a multi-lingual, multidisciplinary team

For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Meyer ( or Dr. Rebecca Boll ( .

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.


30 September 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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