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Advertising division: JCNS - Jülich Centre for Neutron Science
Reference number: 2019-053


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

In the Scientific Computing Group of JCNS at MLZ we develop software for the analysis of scattering experiments. We support instrument users, and participate in exemplary data analyses. We closely cooperate with other European research centres.

We are looking to recruit a

Postdoctoral Scientist for Research Software development and data analysis

Your Job:

  • Develop open-source software to reduce, visualize, model, and fit experimental data
  • Lead the development of software used at specific diffractometers or spectrometers
  • Cooperate with instrument scientists to improve data analysis procedures
  • Participate in exemplary studies from experiment through analysis to publication

Your Profile:

  • Doctoral degree in physics or related fields
  • Track record in software development, equivalent to at least one year full-time dedication
  • Sound knowledge of C++ under Unix/Linux
  • Experience with any of the following would be a plus: Python, Qt, CMake, git; test-driven development, cross-platform development; numerical mathematics, condensed-matter physics, scattering, spectroscopy, crystallography
  • Communicative personality with excellent command of spoken and written English; German is a plus
  • In your application, please address all the above points; provide a publication list and references

Our Offer:

  • Challenging and varied work in a growing multicultural team of enthusiastic professionals
  • Visibility of our products in the web (, through scientific publications, and at schools and conferences
  • A comprehensive further training programme
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private 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.

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site until 17.03.2019, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2019-053:
Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.