Research Associate

Research Associate

Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY

Hamburg, Germany


Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate for the project

1. Laser-induced chirality in molecules and fundamental symmetry aspects (experiment)
2. Laser-induced chirality in molecules and fundamental symmetry aspects (theory)
3. Laser-induced electron diffraction of chemical dynamics (experiment)
4. Imaging controlled nanoparticles: Cooling, controlling, and imaging of nanoparticles (experiment)
5. Novel electrospray sources for atomic-resolution single-particle imaging (experiment)
in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG). The position commences ASAP.

It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and calls for 75 % of standard work hours per week. Full-time positions currently comprise 39 hours per week.

The fixed-term nature of this contract is based upon Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Gesetz über befristete Arbeitsverträge in der Wissenschaft, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 3 years

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates can also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:
In these experiments you work on forefront experimental setups for the control and atomic-resolution imaging of molecules and molecular structures. This includes the extension of experimental setups with novel techniques for improved control as well as for better highest-resolution imaging at the fastest to timescales. These setups will be exploited in in-house table-top exepriments as well as in collaborative campaigns in laboratories across Germany and Europe and at large-scale facilities in Hamburg (Petra, FLASH, European XFEL) and worldwide. In the various projects, techniques range from the control of small/moderate-size molecules with electric and laser fields over hydrodynamic focusing and cryogenic buffer-gas cooling of (biological and artificial) nanoparticles, which can also be focused in funnels of light.

All experiments are complemented with theory within our group and in collaboration with partners in Hamburg and outside. Specifically, the announced theory position is for the development of descriptions of the creation and the probing of chirality, which has most significant applications from fundamental physics to the complexity of life.

A university degree in a relevant field. Strong motivation for independent research work within the team and collaborations.

Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Jochen Küpper, e-mail: or consult our website at

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and copies of degree certificate(s). The application deadline is 15.04.2019. Please send applications to:, preferably including 2–3 letters of recommendation.

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Research Associate