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Data Scientist (m/f/d) for Automated X-ray Diffraction Data Analysis

HZG is looking to recruit a Data Scientist to develop a software solution for user-friendly and efficient, automatic processing of large numbers of 2D X-ray diffraction datasets

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 31 Aug 2020
  • Germany | Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research
  • Date posted: 31 Jul 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Computational science & software engineering  | Mathematics & statistics 

About Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) operates an outstation at DESY in Hamburg in order to provide access to highly brilliant synchrotron radiation within its German Engineering Materials Science Centre (GEMS). At the PETRA III synchrotron radiation source, HZG operates the High Energy Materials Science Beamline (HEMS, P07), the Imaging Beamline (IBL, P05) and the Nanofocus Endstation of Micro- and Nanofocus X-ray Scattering Beamline (MINAXS, P03) along with supporting laboratory instrumentation.

The primary aim of this position is to develop a software solution for user-friendly and efficient, automatic processing of large numbers of 2D X-ray diffraction datasets. The automated processing includes data visualization, reduction and a fundamental analysis. The developed software will be used at our beamlines (in real-time, i.e. parallel to the data acquisition during experiments) and at our users’ home institutions (after the experiment). A typical experiment generates thousands of diffraction data files with a total volume easily in the terabyte range. Therefore, the processing must be optimized for high throughput, using CPU or GPU parallelization, but needs to be operable by users without any programming language skills.

The position is initially limited to three years and may be extended.

Your tasks

Your major responsibilities as a data scientist will be

  • to develop the aforementioned software solution and implement it at our beamlines and as a standalone program
  • participate in beamtimes to implement the required functionality in close collaboration with beamline staff and users
  • to document the software, train and support our scientists and users in its use
  • to present the progress and results at national/international conferences and workshops

Your profile

These qualifications are essential to fulfil the above-mentioned duties

  • master’s degree (or higher) in computer science, physics, mathematics, life science or equivalent
  • proficiency in at least two programming languages
  • experience in software development
  • ability to generate performance-optimized code and ergonomic user interfaces
  • excellent English and good German language skills

These qualifications are considered assets

  • experience with diffraction data analysis
  • experience with working at a synchrotron beamline (staff or user)
  • PhD degree in any of the above disciplines

We offer you

  • multinational work environment with over 1,000 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector

Interested? Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2020/WP 7.

For inquiries, please contact
Dr. Christina Krywka (

Reference code: 50027159_2 – 2020/WP 7
Commencement date: as soon as possible
The place of employment is Hamburg


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