Research Associate for the Project “Cluster of Excellence ‚CUI: Advanced Imaging of Matter‘


InstitutionCluster of Excellence „Advanced Imaging of Matter“ (photon and nanosciences)

Salary levelEGR. 13 TV-L

Start date01.04.2022, fixed for a period of 24 month (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]).

Application deadline03.02.2022

Scope of workfull-time position suitable for part-time


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

Specific Duties

Building upon coherent diffractive imaging and phase-retrieval methods, as well as experimental results obtained using X-ray free-electron laser sources, the candidate will help develop new strategies and algorithms to recover images of macromolecules. In particular the candidate will:

  • Develop new algorithms to phase diffraction data of ensembles of diffraction datasets, such as obtained in a time-resolved measurement
  • Develop methods to include different data sources (coherent X-ray scattering, cryo-electron images, fluorescence correlations etc.)
  • Test these algorithms using simulated and experimental data
  • Assist in data collection and analysis at X-ray facilities
  • Help guide the design of new experiments
  • Communicate their findings in written and oral form, and document and archive software

They will also contribute their expertise to other imaging and diffraction experiments of the Cluster.


A university degree in a relevant field plus doctorate.

  • A PhD in physics, optics, materials science, or similar
  • A strong background and knowledge of diffraction physics, data analysis, phase retrieval, and methods such as crystallography, ptychography, or coherent diffractive imaging
  • Self motivated and work well in an interdisciplinary team environment

We offer

  • Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • University pensions
  • Attractive location
  • Flexible working hours
  • Work-life balance opportunities
  • Public transport pass (ProfiTicket) and much more
  • Health management
  • Educational leave
  • 30 days of vacation per annum

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

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Henry Chapman

+49 40 8998-4155

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Luruper Chaussee 149
22607 Hamburg
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Application deadline


Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by email to:

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