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PhD Student for Structure and Dynamics of Nanoconfined Water

DESY is looking for a PhD student to work in the FS-CXS group

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 31 Jul 2020
  • Germany | DESY
  • Date posted: 26 Jun 2020
  • Job type: Academic: PhD/MSc
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Physical chemistry 

For our location in Hamburg we are seeking a Ph.D. student for Structure and Dynamics of Nanoconfined Water

DESY, with its 2700 employees at its two locations in Hamburg and Zeuthen, is one of the world’s leading research centres. Its research focuses on decoding the structure and function of matter, from the smallest particles of the universe to the building blocks of life. In this way, DESY contributes to solving the major questions and urgent challenges facing science, society and industry. With its ultramodern research infrastructure, its interdisciplinary research platforms and its international networks, DESY offers a highly attractive working environment in the fields of science, technology and administration as well as for the education of highly qualified young scientists.

Water is of central importance in many scientific disciplines and technological processes. It is often present in confined spaces where its physical and chemical properties deviate from the liquid state, e.g., a significantly reduced melting point. As part of a project funded by the Landesforschungsförderung (LFF) Hamburg the Ph.D. student will investigate the structure and dynamics of water and aqueous solutions confined in nanopores by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD, PDF) and X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (XPCS). The student will work in the FS-CXS group led by Prof. Dr. Grübel at DESY in close collaboration with the partner groups at University Hamburg and TU Hamburg (

The position

  • Plan and participate in X-ray scattering experiments at modern light sources (PETRA III, ESRF, European XFEL), in particular XRD, PDF and XPCS
  •  Analysis of large data sets
  •  Work in close collaboration with groups that are part of the LFF Project (Hamburg University and TU Hamburg)


  • Master in physics, physical chemistry or similar
  • Good English language skills
  • Ability to work in the research team at DESY and within the LFF project with external partners (UHH and TUHH)
  • Experience in X-ray physics, X-ray data analysis and programming skills are assets

For further information please contact Dr. Felix Lehmkühler, +4940-8998-5671 (

The position is limited to 3 years.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organisations in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned duties. Handicapped persons will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants. DESY operates flexible work schemes. DESY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women.

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Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Code: FSDO017/2020
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: 31/07/20


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