[Neutron] Postdoc Position at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin

K. Diederichsen diederichsen at helmholtz-berlin.de
Mon Apr 19 09:56:00 CEST 2010

Institute Methods and Instruments
  Postdoctoral Position

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position at the institute 
Methods and Instruments for Neutron Scattering of  the Helmholtz Zentrum 
Berlin für Materialien und Energie Berlin. The Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin 
für Materialien und Energie is a German National Laboratory and a member 
of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres 
(HGF) and has about 1000 employees. To probe the structure and dynamics 
of condensed matter, HZB provides the national and international 
research community with state-of-the-art equipment and expertise with 
neutron and photon probes.

The institute G-I1 (Methods and Instruments for Neutron Scattering) 
successfully operates the Time-of-Flight (TOF) spectrometer NEAT (see 
http://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/user/neutrons/). The cold neutron chopper 
spectrometer NEAT is best suited to probe dynamic phenomena directly in 
space and time in the time domain 10-13 -- 10-10 s and on the length 
scale ranging from microscopic (0.5 Å) to nanoscale dimensions (up to 
about 50 nm). Examples of current NEAT applications are studies of 
structure-dynamics relationship in glasses, nanostructured materials, 
polymers, proteins, confined matter, molecular magnets, magnetic 
excitations, spin polarons.

Currently, NEAT undergoes a major instrumental upgrade including the 
development of the new instrumental capabilities including novel 
position sensitive detectors and in-situ sample characterization. 
Therefore a particular focus is on the development of advanced data 
collection methods by application of modern numerical modeling techniques.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the optimization of the 
secondary flight path and the development of the new data collection and 
data treatment software package using computer modelling and simulation 
methods. She/he will use neutron scattering experiments to refine, 
develop and benchmark computer models to understand dynamic processes 
that determine the functional properties in non-crystalline and 
crystalline matter on the molecular level.

The position is open to scientists who ideally hold (or will receive in 
the near future) a PhD in a physics-related discipline and are 
interested in the dynamics of glasses or molecular systems, material 
science or chemistry. Experience in  neutron scattering and/or numerical 
methods will be advantageous. Since the project involves a significant 
amount of computing the computer literacy is essential.

The appointment is for 3 years. Applicants should send a letter of 
application, a detailed CV,  a list of publications and copies of 
degrees to Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie Berlin, 
Abt. Personal und Soziales, Hahn-Meitner Platz 1, D-14109 Berlin, 
Germany, quoting reference G 2010/8 (email: 
personalabteilung at helmholtz-berlin.de). The deadline for applications 
is 7 May, 2010.

For informal inquiries, please contact Dr. Margarita Russina (phone: 
+49-30-8062-3159, email: margarita.russina at helmholtz-berlin.de)

Karen Diederichsen
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
Abt. G-I1
Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1
D-14109 Berlin

Tel.: +49-30-8062 2031

Mitglied der Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher 
Forschungszentren e.V.
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Joachim Treusch
Stellvertretende Vorsitzende: Dr. Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph
Geschäftsführer: Prof. Dr. Anke Rita Kaysser-Pyzalla, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. 
Wolfgang Eberhardt, Dr. Ulrich Breuer
Sitz der Gesellschaft: Berlin

Handelsregister: AG Charlottenburg, 89 HRB 5583


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