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Instrument Scientist for the very small angle neutron scattering (VSANS) diffractometer KWS-3, Postdoc in Materials Science

Advertising institute: JCNS - Jülich Centre for Neutron Science
Reference number: 2017-261

The Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) operates at the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching near Munich a suite of high performance neutron scattering instruments. It provides access to these instuments for scientists from universities and research institutions in Germany and throughout the world. Within the user program more than 1000 scientists visit the MLZ every year to perform experiments in the physical, chemical, biological and materials sciences. In addition, JCNS is actively pursuing a research program in the field of soft matter science and condensed matter physics.

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to join the small angle neutron scattering (SANS) team as an instrument scientist at the very small angle neutron scattering (VSANS) diffractometer KWS-3 to support the user program, support the development to improve the instrument and perform own high profile research program in close cooperation with the JCNS institutes located in Jülich in the field of materials science.

We are looking to recruit as soon as possible an

Instrument Scientist for the very small angle neutron scattering (VSANS) diffractometer KWS-3, Postdoc in Materials Science

Your Job:

  • provide local contact support for users of the small angle neutron scattering instrument suite of JCNS at MLZ
  • contribute to the improvement of the SANS instrument suite of JCNS
  • conduct and disseminate world-class research via publications and conference presentations in the fields mentioned above
  • represent and actively work on increasing the user base at MLZ

Your Profile:

  • a PhD degree in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline
  • a strong background in materials science with focus on the structure examination
  • a proven track record in scattering research preferably SANS / SAXS would be a distinct advantage
  • very good command of written and spoken English
  • initiative character, creativity, good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, result orientation and analytical skills
  • ability to work independently and as a player in the SANS team
  • readiness to work on-call-duty during the user operation periods

Our Offer:

  • exciting working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated close to the City of Munich
  • the position represents an excellent opportunity to carry out research in materials science using neutron scattering in a multidisciplinary team at MLZ
  • promoting professional development through participation in national and international conferences and through various training programs
  • A comprehensive further training programme, including English language courses
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • Limited for 3 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD).

Place of employment: Garching (Munich)


Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site until 13.01.2018, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Contact Human Resource Development and Recruiting
Judith Dresen
Tel.:+49 2461 61 9700


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