X-ray holography and microscopy


New coherent X-ray sources such as XFELs and 4th-generation synchrotron facilities provide new opportunities to image biological cells, virus particles, and even macromolecules and their assemblies. Combined with revolutionary new X-ray optics, we are poised to make breakthroughs in biological X-ray imaging by projection holography and microscopy at extremely high X-ray energies. In this project new instrumentation and methods will be designed and implemented to pursue these goals, coupled with the development of data analysis strategies and software to realise them.

The tasks of this position are to:
  • Design and implement new instrumentation and methods in high-resolution projection holography using X- ray multilayer Laue lenses
  • Develop data analysis strategies and software for tomographic and time-resolved imaging based on projection holography
  • Investigate limits and opportunities of projection holography and other schemes for cellular imaging
  • Contribute to the development of novel methods for wavefront sensing and other imaging developments of the group
  • Execute and optimise experiments at synchrotron and XFEL sources to achieve holographic imaging with nanometer resolution
  • Communicate findings in written and oral form
The profile of the candidate:
  • A PhD in physics, materials science, optics, or similar
  • A strong background and knowledge of diffraction physics, imaging, or modern microscopy methods
  • Self motivated and work well in an interdisciplinary team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a friendly nature
  • Good communication skills in English
The position is initially limited to two years. To apply, please send mail to Prof. Henry Chapman at henry.chapman@desy.de, quoting the position CFEL2020-RF03. Please include a cover letter, CV, and list of references.