Job opportunities

positions at EMPA available (X-ray analytics)

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

The Laboratory for Advanced Fibers and the Center for X-ray Analytics announce an open position for a Tenured Scientist in the Area of Experimental Polymer Physics.
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Furthermore, they have an open PhD position in X-ray analytics on the topic: “PhD position: X-ray diffraction and scattering studies for the understanding of Si-based nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) under mechanical / electrical load”
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Chair in Photon Science with specialisation in Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics at Uppsala University

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Uppsala University has an open position as Chair in Photon Science.

For details see the job announcement at

See also our homepage for the Division of Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics.

open PhD and PostDoc positions in newly established Collaborative Research Centre on Control And Dynamics Of Quantum Materials

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

There are several open positions available. Further information can be found at

PhD position available: Photoionization dynamics of nanoparticles in the tender x-ray energy domain

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

We are searching for candidates for applying a PhD position at European Commission funded project I4Future. The selected PhD student will be co-supervised by researchers from the University of Oulu, Finland and University of Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France. The main site of the studies will be University of Oulu, but the candidate is expected to spend considerable amount of time at Paris and participate on measurements at SOLEIL Synchrotron facility near Paris. The student will have a chance to participate on a double degree program, which grants the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the both Universities.

The main thematics of the PhD is an emerging field with utilization of tender synchrotron radiation X-rays (1-10 keV) in the studies of nanoparticles, clusters and molecules. The focus areas include phenomena such as core-shell ionization, fragmentation and Coulomb explosion of clusters, hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES), interatomic Coulomb decay (ICD) and electron transfer mediated decay (ETMD) in nanoscale particles, but depending on the preferences of the student, the topics can vary. The PhD program can be directed focusing on experimental and/or theoretical studies.

To apply a position, interested student should contact the supervisors listed below. With the supervisors, a proposal will be submitted to the program no later than 31.7.2016. Students selected (total 20) to the program will start 1.1.2017 and their PhD studies will be fully funded for the following four years.

For comprehensive information and rules, see link:

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The candidates interested are asked to contact Kari Jänkälä ( or Marc Simon ( for further information.

doctoral candidate position at PTB in Berlin, Germany, available

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) uses synchrotron radiation of the electron storage rings BESSY and Metrology Light Source (MLS) in Berlin-Adlershof for metrology and spectroscopy purposes. Department 7.2 “Cryophysics and spectrometry” is offering a PhD position for physicists for further development and application of X-ray spectrometry at BESSY II.
The tasks will include

  • Investigation and modelling of the interaction of X-rays with matter
  • Further development and applications of measurement procedures relying on X-ray spectrometry, based on the use of synchrotron radiation
  • Experiments for high-resolution X-ray spectrometry at the electron storage ring BESSY II
  • Collaboration in international projects focussed on new materials in nanotechnology

For further information, please see the job offer on PTB’s website or the German vacancy description.
application deadline: March 31, 2015

permanent scientist position at NIMS available

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

The National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan is
recruiting a permanent scientist, who will belong to X-ray physics
from coming December, 2014.

Please advise your young friends (of the age twenties, thirties) to
consider the application.

The due is July 23, 2014.

Job Summary
Developing novel X-ray analytical methods and instruments indispensable
for future materials science, particularly, to see dynamic changes in
atomic-scale structures and chemical states through the use of advanced
X-ray photon sources with high coherence and short pulse properties.

Candidates must be willing to become an expert in X-ray
diffraction/scattering or X-ray spectrometry and are expected to have
some original overview and research plans for 10-30 years on how to
solve future materials problems through the use of advanced synchrotron
light sources. Candidates should have good experimental skills for use
in any synchrotron facilities in the world.

For further information please check the job offer at NIMS’ recruiting page.

Post-doctoral Position (Physics) in the APXS Team of the Mars Science Laboratory

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Department of Physics – College of Physical and Engineering Science University of Guelph

Temporary full-time for 1 year with possible second year

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our University community are encouraged to apply.
The Planetary Exploration group is looking for a Post Doctoral fellow to work on various aspects of the MSL Alpha-Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) which is presently undertaking elemental analysis on Mars through the combination of the XRF and PIXE techniques. The work will include experimental support in the terrestrial calibration laboratory and possible design improvements of the instrument’s detector or radiation sources. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to participate in operations of the APXS on the Mars Rover Curiosity, analysis and interpretation of the data, and continuing refinement of the instrument calibration. There may be the possibility to undertake local micro-PIXE analysis of terrestrial materials that emulate Martian samples encountered by the Curiosity rover.

The position is funded by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).in support of MSL.

The position requires an applied physicist with a strong background in instrument development and nuclear spectroscopy methods, including x-ray spectroscopy, x-ray detectors and their read-out electronics. Hands on experience in XRF, PIXE or other related nuclear spectroscopy methods and radiation physics is mandatory.

The position is for 1 year, but might be extended beyond that depending on performance and funding. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

To apply, send a CV, including a description of research interests and the contact details of three referees, to Prof. Ralf Gellert, Physics Department, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1 (

Applications will be accepted until May 16, 2014 or until a suitable candidate is recruited.

 This position, as it relates to the Controlled Goods Program, requires an extensive background check as outlined by the Security and Information Services Branch of Public Works and Government Services Canada. As this position requires access to goods regulated by the Controlled Goods directorate, an offer is contingent upon a successful security assessment. For further information, please refer to: or

Closing Date: Friday, May 16, 2014

Post-doctoral Position – (m/f) – Resonant Inelastic X-ray spectroscopy at SEXTANTS (SOLEIL)

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Position opens in September 2014. Deadline for submission of application: June 25, 2014

SEXTANTS is a new beamline conceived for the investigation of electronic and magnetic properties of matter through elastic, inelastic and coherent scattering of soft X-ray photons, open to external users since March 2011. The full energy range, from 50 to 1700 eV, is covered by two Apple-II undulators providing full polarization control, and by a fixed-deviation monochromator based on five plane gratings and one spherical mirror. The monochromator feeds two independent branches; one is dedicated to elastic (magnetic, coherent) X-ray scattering experiments, the other to resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) experiments. This latter branch, characterized by an extremely small monochromatic beam (2×80 μm2 FWHM) and equipped with the AERHA spectrometer, is devoted to high-resolution RIXS experiments over the 50-1000 eV energy range, with a resolving power up to 8000. The AERHA spectrometer, developed jointly by the “Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique Matière et Rayonnement” and SOLEIL, is based on an elliptical mirror, focusing on a 13.5 μm pixel LN-cooled CCD, and on two VLS gratings, used to cover the entire energy range. It is important to remark that the high brilliance/resolution together with the wide energy range accessible for RIXS experiments at SEXTANTS, extending from L- to M-edges of light transition metal compounds, and including oxygen and carbon K edges, makes this experimental setup not only suitable for study of the low-energy electronic and magnetic excitations in highly correlated materials (e.g., transition-metal oxides and rare-earth compounds), but also a unique place where to investigate organic compounds/molecules deposited on solids or in gaseous/liquid solutions.

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3 Years Engineer position in Paris in Conception and Experimental Techniques

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The engineer will take care of the conception and the development of an innovative experimental setup on X-ray photon detection in the energy range from 2 to 5 keV. This instrumentation will include a multi-crystal spectrometer combined to a fast position sensitive detector leading to high detection efficiency allowing for coincidence measurements with other particles and high resolving power.
Engineer position in Paris – further information here

Postdoc Position in Paris: Studies of ultrafast molecular processes by multiparticle imaging techniques

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Based at LCPMR, the post-doctoral research assistant will be in charge of developing and operating a new photon/ion coincidence spectrometer for synchrotron based experiments. She/he is expected to plan and conduct the experiments (at SOLEIL in France, and BESSY in Germany), collect and analyze the spectroscopic data. She/he will interact with an international theory team providing experimental and theoretical support and make a significant contribution to the field.
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