Scientist for the TwinMic Beamline at Elettra

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Deadline: 27 April 2019
Ref: DA/19/14

Company description

Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste is an international multidisciplinary research center operated as a user facility, featuring a 2.0/2.4 GeV, third-generation synchrotron light source (Elettra), a new free-electron laser light source (FERMI) and a variety of support laboratories. The extremely high quality of the machines and beamlines has set new performance records and has been producing results of great scientific and technologic interest. See for more information.

Beamline / Project / Activity description

The TwinMic beamline provides photons in the 400-2200 eV energy range. The beamline end station performs high resolution X-ray microscopy coupled with low energy X-ray Fluorescence and micro-XANES spectroscopies. The two available X-ray microscopy operation modes (the full-field and the scanning transmission one) make TwinMic a world-wide unique X-ray microscopy station. The research projects of TwinMic include characterization of various materials at sub-micron scale, covering research fields such as novel materials, nanotoxicology, food science, the neuroscience and clinical medicine. The research activities are exploiting the capabilities presently offered by the TwinMic beamline and further developments are ongoing in order to offer new imaging schemes and push the lateral and spectral resolution.

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Job description

The successful candidate will contribute to the operation, optimization, maintenance and future upgrades of the TwinMic beamline and experimental station in order to continue meeting the requirements of its broad user community. This includes support of the highest standard to user’s research.  He/she is also expected to contribute to the definition and execution of the in-house research activities, be involved in submitting proposals to suitable funding agencies, establish new research collaborations and take part in proprietary research projects in contact with industry.

The candidate should possess strong personal skills to pursue collaborative research programs in a team-oriented and international environment and to become part of existing research collaborations.


A PhD in Physics, Engineering or a related field is required together with  proven experience in synchrotron radiation microscopy using x-ray transmission and/or emission. Good knowledge of some of the following fields is also expected: X-ray optics, X-ray imaging contrast mechanisms, X-ray and electron detectors, X-ray Fluorescence, XANES, CDI/Ptychography. Software development skills for data analysis in Python or Matlab will be a plus.

Good time management skills and ability to prioritize are expected, together with the ability to interact with project partners and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Good oral and written communication skills in English are essential.

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