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Postdoctoral Scientist (f/m/d) for coherent scattering experiments at European XFEL (Schenefeld, Deutschland)

Shaping the future

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) instrument group at the European XFEL facility is looking for a

Postdoctoral Scientist (f/m/d) for coherent scattering experiments with focus on application of machine learning tools

The position

  • develop and apply 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 physics, computer science, engineering or a related discipline
  • Previous experience with relevant techniques like x-ray scattering and imaging, spectroscopy, or ultrafast experiments is advantageous
  • very good expertise in python and/or C++
  • proven experience in developing and applying ML algorithms
  • ability to work autonomously within a larger team and regularly outside usual office working hours
  • 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.


15 December 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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