Postdoc in experimental condensed matter physics 975258

The Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 3-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a research project on time-resolved photoelectron diffraction.

The position is available from 1.9.2018 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description/research project/research area
You are expected to contribute to developing the technique of X-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) in the ultrafast time-domain. XPD is a powerful technique to determine the local atomic structure on and near surfaces. The advent of new ultrafast laser sources in the soft X-ray regime, such as FLASH in Hamburg, has now given the possibility to perform pump/probe experiments in which XPD can be used to track the structural changes after a system has been excited with a low-energy pump laser.

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in physics or chemistry.

Several additional qualifications are required for this project:
Experience with ultra-high vacuum.
Experience performing static XPD using synchrotron radiation, including analyzing XPD data using multiple scattering simulations.
Experience in handling large amounts of data and developing code for doing so.
Previous work with free electron laser sources will be an advantage.

The place of work is Ny Munkegade 120, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

For further information please contact: Professor Philip Hofmann, +45 871 55612,

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

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