General announcement of positions available in the CFEL Coherent Imaging group

Postdoc positions and tenure-track scientist positions are now available in the Coherent Imaging group of Professor Henry Chapman at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, Hamburg. This group develops methods to utilise revolutionary new sources such as X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) for obtaining structures of macromolecules at atomic resolution, at room temperature, to explore their dynamics and function. The group helped develop the popular serial femtosecond crystallography method used at XFELs throughout the world, and aims to extend the technique to the imaging of single molecules.

The group has expertise in the development of sophisticated instrumentation and analysis methods for serial crystallography. It developed the leading analysis software for this method, CrystFEL, and has pioneered new phasing techniques that take advantage of the coherence and intensity of XFELs as well as utilising innovative X-ray optics with unprecedented capabilities (produced in the group of Dr. Bajt at CFEL). It also develops sample delivery and characterisation techniques for biological materials, and new forms of microscopy, holography, and ptychography for the imaging of molecules to cells. The group extensively collaborates with leading structural biology groups throughout the world. It takes advantage of the rich environment of CFEL through collaborations in controlled molecule imaging, X-ray optics, the theory of X-ray - matter interactions, detector development, high-harmonic generation sources, and compact accelerator development.

We at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, Deutsches Elektronen-Sychrotron (DESY), offer an open, inclusive, and international environment with first-class facilities. We are located on a vibrant research campus together with the University of Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging. The working language of the group is English.

The positions are currently open until filled (as of June 2021).

The group also has a number of PhD projects available, with funding for experimental graduate students: