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Advertising division: JCNS-4 - Neutron Methods
Reference number: 2019-438


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 instruments 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 hard matter science to understand the structural and magnetic order, fluctuations and excitations in magnetic systems and in highly correlated electron systems at the atomic level.

We are looking to recruit a

Instrument Scientist / Postdoc in Physics - Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

Your Job:

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to join the small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) team as a 2nd instrument scientist to coordinate the user program and the instrument development and perform own high profile research in close cooperation with the ”Quantum Materials and Collective Phenomena” subinstitute (JCNS-2/PGI-4) in the field of magnetic nanoparticles and magnetic nanostructures.

Your tasks in detail:

  • Provide local contact support for users of the small-angle neutron scattering SANS instrument suite of JCNS at MLZ
  • Contribute to the development 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:

  • Masters degree with subsequent PhD degree in Physics or a related discipline
  • A strong background in experimental studies of magnetic systems, preferably magnetic nanoparticles and/or magnetic nanostructures
  • A proven track record in neutron scattering research preferably SANS 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

Our Offer:

  • The position represents an excellent opportunity to carry out research in condensed matter using neutron scattering in a multidisciplinary team at MLZ
  • Promoting professional development through participation in national and international conferences and through various training programs
  • 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 promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application via our

Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2019-438:
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