Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

The Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (known as DESY) has had a long tradition in synchrotron radiation experiments in a wide range of applications and has developed into one of the leading centers in this field worldwide. The X-ray Multilayer Group at DESY is developing novel X-ray optics to be used with intense, coherent X-ray sources such as state-of-the-art synchrotrons and free-electron lasers. Such sources have opened up new opportunities for breaking barriers in focusing, dispersing, and otherwise controlling X-ray pulses in space and time, which will enable exciting new applications in imaging, spectroscopy, and nonlinear optics. Our goal is to develop efficient X-ray optical elements to build up the functionalities that are taken for granted in laser laboratories but have long been denied to scientists working in the X-ray range. By controlling the 3D structure of materials over large volumes and on nanometer scales we are building a new class of nanofocusing lenses, gratings, pulse compressors, waveplates, and beam splitters.


We are seeking for a Postdoctoral scientist to design, fabricate and test novel X-ray optics at the synchrotron or FEL sources and participate in experiments utilizing these type of optics.

The candidate should have a PhD in physics or a related field, experience in X-ray optics design and computer programming and knowledge in nanofabrication and/or nano-characterization (such as SEM, AFM, TEM, X-ray based techniques). Experience working with synchrotron sources and/or optics is highly desirable. We are looking for a talented and highly motivated individual with strong interest in X-ray physics or optical sciences that likes to work in a team and has good verbal and written English communication skills.

The position is initially limited to 2 years. Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organizations in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned.

Please send your cover letter and CV to Dr. Saša Bajt at

We appreciate your interest and highly encourage candidates that meet our criteria to apply. To learn more information about working with us please visit the DESY homepage.

Join us as we continue to pioneer the field of X-ray optics!


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