[Neutron] Postdoc Position at HMI, Berlin

K. Diederichsen diederichsen at hmi.de
Fri May 11 13:19:52 CDT 2007

The Hahn-Meitner-Institut invites applications for the position of a 
post-doctoral research scientist who will design and optimise neutron 
scattering instrumentation using advanced computational methods.

The Hahn-Meitner-Institut is a German National Laboratory and a member 
of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres. 
It hosts the Berlin Neutron Scattering Centre (BENSC) 
(http://www.hmi.de/bensc/), a user facility open to scientists from all 
over the world. To probe the structure and dynamics of solids and 
liquids, BENSC provides scientists with state-of-the-art neutron 
scattering research opportunities.

The position is open to scientists who ideally hold a PhD in a physics 
or a related discipline and have a background in scientific 
instrumentation and software development. Knowledge of Monte Carlo 
simulation methods as well as experience in neutron or X-ray scattering 
is advantageous.

The department SF1 (Methods and Instruments) successfully operates the 
cold-neutron triple-axis instrument V2/FLEX with an international user 
community active in the fields of low-energy structural excitations, 
strongly correlated electron systems, heavy-fermion physics and quantum 
magnetism. The innovative instrument development program aims at further 
enhancing the instrument capabilities. Initial work associated with the 
position will focus on optimization of neutron optical components 
including devices for polarized neutron work. Numerical simulation 
software tools will be applied with particular emphasis on the 
instrument performance with respect to spectrometer resolution. The work 
will further include development of data acquisition and visualisation 
software for an envisaged multi-analyzer option for the secondary 

The successful candidate will also participate in the research work 
associated with the triple axis spectrometer and collaborate with 
renowned guest scientists from all over the world in a broad variety of 
subjects in the framework of the BENSC user program. She/He is 
encouraged to conduct her/his own research programme in the field of 
condensed matter physics using neutron scattering facilities at BENSC in 

The appointment is for three years. Applicants should send a letter of 
application, CV, copies of diploma and PhD certificates and a list of 
publications to Hahn-Meitner-Institut, Abt. Personal und Soziales, 
Glienicker Str. 100, D-14109 Berlin, (e-mail: personalabteilung at hmi.de) 
before 6 June 2007 quoting reference No. SF2007/7.

For further details about the position please contact Dr. Catherine 
Pappas (e-mail: pappas at hmi.de) or Dr. Klaus Habicht (e-mail: 
habicht at hmi.de).

Karen Diederichsen
Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin GmbH
Abt. SF1
Glienicker Str. 100
D-14109 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 -- 8062 2031
Fax: + 49 (0) 30 -- 8062 2523

Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin GmbH
Mitglied der Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft
Deutscher Forschungszentren e.V.
Vorsitzende des Aufsichtsrats: Dr. Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph
Stellvertreter: Senatsdirigent Wolfgang Eckey
Geschäftsführer: Prof. Dr. Michael Steiner, Dr. Ulrich Breuer,
Sitz Berlin, AG Charlottenburg, 89 HRB 5583

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