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Software Developer (f/m/d) Sample Environment and Characterization at European XFEL GmbH

Join the European XFEL

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 Sample Environment and Characterization (SEC) group is looking for a

Software Developer (f/m/d)

The Position

  • develop a database-supported workflow to journalize the life cycle of scientific samples
    including the pre-localization of individual targets

  • develop web-based interfaces for the workflow to the database

  • customize existing software for the localization of samples based on image recognition
    as part of the workflow

  • optimize the recognition algorithms with real scientific samples

  • implement the workflow as a prototype at the HED instrument of European XFEL

  • collaborate with internal and external partners


  • a PhD or master´s degree in computer science, physics or in an equivalent academic field

  • experience in programming with C

  • experience in software project management

  • extensive knowledge of image recognition would be an advantage

  • strong interest in interdisciplinary research

  • good communication skills and ability to work in an international and multi-disciplinary team with English as working language

Our offer

Become part of a vibrant international and multicultural 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: E-254

Duration: This appointment is limited to 2 years.


Please apply online and provide a motivation letter and your CV in English 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.

Deadline: September 20th, 2020

For additional information, please contact Dr. Joachim Schulz (

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

European XFEL GmbH
Holzkoppel 4, 22869 Schenefeld, Germany

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