Garching near Munich, Germany
The offered postdoc position in Neutron Scattering and Imaging will be established at the Institute for Applied Materials – Energy Storage Systems (IAM-ESS) of the KIT. The focus of the IAM-ESS lies in the development of novel materials for energy storages like lithium-ion cells and an understanding of material-property relationships. In cooperation with the Technical University of Munich, the IAM – ESS will implement a thermal neutron spectrum in addition to the existing fission neutron beam at the instrument NECTAR at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ). Your workplace will be located at the MLZ in Garching near Munich/Germany.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a public corporation pursuing the tasks of a State University of Baden-Wuerttemberg and of a national research center of the Helmholtz Association. With about 9,400 employees and 24,500 students, the KIT is one of the biggest institutions of research and higher education in natural sciences and engineering in Europe.
In the frame of a BMBF funded project you will work at the high flux neutron source FRM II in Garching and be responsible for the implementation of a thermal neutron imaging option at the beamline NECTAR usually operated with fission neutrons. These two quite different energy ranges of neutrons available at a single instrument will represent a world-wide unique combination and thereby considerably broaden the scope of applications.
In the frame of our research on Li-ion batteries using radiographic and tomographic methods, you will work on the mapping of the lithium and electrolyte distribution in commercial cells which have undergone a specific treatment and show different states of charge (SOC) or states of health (SOH).
In the frame of our instrumental developments your task will be to integrate the thermal neutron beam option into the user operation of the instrument. This will also include an upgrade of the existing detector system and the implementation of a second detector system with higher spatial resolution. You will also be responsible for software development and/or extension of the currently available evaluation software to allow the evaluation of datasets combining both neutron spectra.
Remuneration on the basis of the wage agreement of the civil service in TV-L, E13.
Institute for Applied Materials – Energy Storage Systems (IAM-ESS)
As soon as possible
The applicant should have a PhD degree in physics or material science and a strong background in neutron scattering and imaging. For administrative coordination good German language skills are beneficial.
Dr. Michael Knapp
Please send your complete application (cover letter (motivation, research interest), CV, relevant certificates, publication list) to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), IAM-ESS, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany, or via E-mail as one PDF file to Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org
KIT is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered if equally qualified.