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Research Associate (f/m/d)
Physicist, with a completed doctorate

Organizational unit

Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation (IPS)

Job description

As senior scientist (f / m / d) you will be responsible for the management of the construction of the HIKA experimental station and its integration into the general operation of beamline P23 in close cooperation with DESY.

Furthermore you are responsible for the coordination and implementation of the KIT research program HIKA in Hamburg. In this context, you will bear the budget and personnel responsibility, including investment and resource planning for the construction, operation and maintenance of the HIKA station at beamline P23.

In the framework of your research, you will advance the methodical and instrumental development of hierarchical 2D and 3D X-ray imaging using hard X-ray microscopic, tomographic, and laminographic methods, incorporating the use of absorption, phase-contrast, fluorescence-contrast and diffraction-contrast mechanisms and their systematic application to in situ, operando and in vivo investigations in the materials and life sciences.

Representation of HIKA within both the synchrotron research community and the wider public complete the job profile.

Associated with this position there exists the possibility for habilitation and participation in teaching at KIT in the form of block lectures.

The main place of work will be Hamburg.

Starting date

as soon as possible

Personal qualification

You have a university degree (Diplom (Uni) / Master) in physics with a completed doctorate and an established track-record of synchrotron research in the field of modern 2D and 3D resolution X-ray imaging in the hard X-ray energy range, in particular in hierarchical X-ray imaging, including X-ray transmission microscopy, phase-contrast imaging, dose efficient X-ray imaging and synchrotron laminography. Additionally you have experience in project management. You are expected to have very good knowledge of English.

The job requires a strong ability to work in a team, experience in leadership and coordination of project teams, and initiative, determination and resilience in a multidisciplinary environment.


Salary category 14, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Contract duration

5 years, with the option of a permanent position

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Baumbach, phone 0721 608-26820.

Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 374/2020.

Ausschreibungsnummer: 374/2020

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.
Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.


Personnel Support is provided by:
Ms Kaiser
Phone: +49 721 608-22438,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany