Scientist for the analysis of multimodal image data from X-ray tomography at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon (Hamburg, Deutschland)

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon conducts cutting-edge international research for a changing world: Around 1,100 employees contribute to the tackling of climate change, the sustainable use of the world's coastal systems and the resource-compatible enhancement of the quality of life. From fundamental research to practical applications, the interdisciplinary research spectrum covers a unique range.

Institute of Materials Physics

The Institute of Materials Physics operates instruments on large-scale equipment for structural investigations of materials and works on the development and characterization of novel light­weight materials for high-temperature applications, for example in aircraft turbines and automotive engines. Hereon has a unique infrastructure for complementary materials research with photons and neutrons.

Scientist for the analysis of multimodal image data from X-ray tomography and electron microscopy

Reference code: 50061325_4 – 2021/WP 6
Commencement date: as soon as possible
The place of employment is Hamburg.
Application deadline: June 15th, 2021

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon takes part in a cross-center project of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. Within the framework of the ‘MDMC’ Joint Lab, colleagues from Hereon, the Forschungszentrum Julich (FZJ) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will establish a platform for the reduction and analysis of multimodal and correlative methods for material characterization. At Hereon, a working group of scientists from the Institute of Materials Physics and the Institute of Metallic Biomaterials has been formed.

The department ‘X-ray Imaging with Synchrotron Radiation’ at the Institute of Materials Physics provides imaging techniques for the non-destructive, three-dimensional visualization with a high spatio-temporal resolution and using high X-ray energies for academic and industrial users. For this purpose, Hereon operates an outstation at DESY in Hamburg as well as several beamlines at the synchrotron radiation source PETRA III: the High Energy Materials Science Beamline (HEMS, P07), the Imaging Beamline (IBL, P05) and the Nanofocus end station of the beamline P03.

The Institute for Metallic Biomaterials at Hereon deals with the development of degradable magnesium alloys as implant material. Among other things, in situ degradation tests (e.g. at P05) are carried out in order to understand the mechanisms that control the interactions between microstructure and mechanical, corrosive and biological properties.

As part of this project, we are looking for a scientist to analyze multimodal and multiscale image data. The position is initially limited to three years. The place of work is the Hereon outstation at DESY in Hamburg.

The advancement of equality at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon is a matter of course; in particular, we are striving to increase the percentage of women in the science sector.

Your tasks

  • coordination of the software development for multiscale and multimodal in situ characterization methods using synchrotron radiation and electrons in cooperation with FZJ and KIT
  • preprocessing and database integration of multimodal data sets
  • implementation of a common data format to facilitate access and exchange of data and metadata
  • development of a uniform framework for the (multitask) analysis of multimodal data
  • close cooperation with the project partners to ensure the transfer of knowledge regarding data processing in order to combine the developed algorithms for multitask analysis methods and to apply them across domains and modalities
  • implementation of algorithms and the framework at the HPC clusters at DESY and at FZJ
  • performance evaluation of algorithms and the unified framework
  • application of algorithms and the unified framework to implant data and others
  • project management tasks
  • publication and presentation of your scientific results in international journals and at international conferences and workshops

Your profile

  • University degree (M.Sc., diploma or equivalent) and doctorate in computer science, natural, engineering or data sciences
  • experience with the evaluation of X-ray imaging and electron microscopy data
  • experience in the analysis of multimodal and multiscale data
  • experience in image processing
  • experience in machine learning / deep learning
  • experience in handling and analyzing large data sets
  • experience with high-performance, parallel, or distributed computing
  • strong analytical skills and a sound theoretical background
  • excellent programming skills in Python
  • experience in the implementation of databases and with a database language (e.g. MongoDB, SQL, MySQL) is desirable
  • experience with synchrotron-radiation-based techniques is desirable
  • team spirit as well as excellent communication and organizational skills
  • excellent written and spoken English skills

We offer you

  • multinational work environment with over 1,100 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • childcare services
  • Welcome office

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.


Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (CV, list of publications, letter of recom­mendation, copies/transcripts of certificates including grades, and [link to] pdf file of your dissertation) indicating the reference number 2021/WP 6.

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