[Neutron] 3 Postdoc Positions at GKSS in the Field of Neutron Scattering

klaus.pranzas at gkss.de klaus.pranzas at gkss.de
Tue Apr 24 17:00:50 CDT 2007

The GKSS Research Centre is located in Geesthacht near Hamburg, Germany, 
with a further centre in Teltow near Berlin, and is a member of the 
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. With its approximately 
700 employees it undertakes, in collaboration with universities and 
industry, research and development in the areas of coastal research, 
materials research, regenerative medicine, and structure research with 
neutrons and synchrotron radiation.

The GKSS Research Centre operates the Geesthacht Neutron Facility GeNF 
using the reliable medium flux neutron source FRG-1 (http://genf.gkss.de) 
and runs a centre for materials research based on the complementary use of 
synchrotron and neutron radiation in Geesthacht and at the GKSS outstation 
at DESY. In addition we operate a growing outstation at the new neutron 
source FRM 2 in Garching close to Munich participating at various neutron 
scattering instruments.

The radiography and tomography instrument GENRA-3 is an outstanding 
instrument at GeNF with in-house and external research projects and a 
large number of industrial applications, e.g. in the fields of damage 
analysis and NDT. In this framework we are looking for a

Scientist (Postdoc) - Code-No. W 7 (Geesthacht)

who will be in charge of operating the Genra-3 instrument, including the 
further development of radiographic and tomographic methods.

In this position you will support external users during the experiment, 
including evaluation and publication of results, and deal with orders from 
industry. This position will allow you to continue and develop your own 
scientific research program using neutron and X-ray radiography and 
tomography. Within this context, international collaborations as well as 
cooperation with staff members and other scientists at GKSS are highly 

In addition we are looking for a

Scientist (Postdoc) - Code-No. W 8 (Geesthacht)

in the field of residual stress analysis with diffraction methods who will 
take part in operating and further developing the strain scanner ARES-2. 
In this position you will support external users during experiment, 
evaluation, and publication of results as well as deal with scheduled 
orders from industry. Opportunities for gaining additional qualifications 
by cooperation with internal partners, especially in the field of joining 
techniques, are available. Current topics in this field are friction stir 
welding as well as laser beam welding for aircraft construction. In 
addition, you will also deal with fundamental problems of 
diffraction-based stress analysis. Ideally, you already have a working 
knowledge in the mechanics of materials and experience with diffraction 
methods for residual stress analysis.

Furthermore we are looking for a

Scientist (Postdoc) - Code-No. W 9 (Garching close to Munich)

in the field of nanomagnetism, soft matter and/or biology who should have 
experience with (polarised) neutron reflectometry and diffuse scattering 
for the study of vertically and laterally structured thin layers in the 
mentioned research fields. You will be co-responsible for our neutron 
reflectometer REFSANS at FRM 2 with the mission to take care of external 
users as well as to contribute to further instrumental development of 
REFSANS for polarized and inelastic reflectometry. In addition you will be 
integrated into exciting research efforts in the fast moving field of 
characterizing nanostructures in cooperation with external partners.

For all three positions a Ph.D. or equivalent in materials science and 
engineering, physics, chemistry or a related field is mandatory. Besides 
good communication skills, the positions require excellent experience in 
the respective scattering techniques using neutrons or synchrotron 
radiation, ideally in the field of materials research. We expect good 
English language skills; German language skills are an asset.

A fast familiarization with new topics is a personal challenge for you. 
You should be familiar with complex experiments and control software. You 
have adopted a purposeful and result-oriented way of working and are able 
to realize this in a team. You are flexible and communicative in your 
approach with collaborators and you give priority to the success of a 
project and your team. You are used to publishing the results of your work 
and presenting them at international conferences.

All three appointments will initially be for 3 years with the possibility 
of extension. We offer an appropriate salary, related to TV-AVH, as well 
as the usual public sector social benefits.

The GKSS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer seeking to 
increase the proportion of female faculty members. Qualified women are 
therefore especially encouraged to apply. Handicapped persons with equal 
qualifications will be preferred.

For inquiries please contact Dr. Klaus Pranzas (pranzas at gkss.de).

Please send your application with reference to the corresponding code 
including CV with photo and references to the email address given above or 
to our Personnel-Division. The closing date for applications is two weeks 
after publication of this advertisement.


Dr. P. Klaus Pranzas
GKSS Research Centre
Member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Institute of Materials Research
Max-Planck-Strasse 1
D-21502 Geesthacht

Tel: +49 (0)4152 87 1326
Fax: +49 (0)4152 87 4 1326

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