The European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH (European XFEL GmbH) is a multi-national non-profit company. It provide X-rays of unique quality for studies in physics, chemistry, the life sciences, materials research and other disciplines. Located in the Hamburg area, Germany, it comprises scientific instruments for a wide range of experimental techniques. European XFEL user operation has started in September 2017 and its science program is now developing. In the starting operation phase European XFEL strives to combine excellent operation performance, an outstanding science program and the continuous development of state-of-the-art instrumentation for x-ray FEL science applications.
For this challenging and exciting task we are looking for a new
Head of Department Science Support Data (f/m)
Supervise, develop and structure a department of data groups (i.e. detectors, electronics, instrument controls, and data acquisition, storage and services) tasked to support the operation and development program of the European XFEL science instruments.
Enable optimal support of user operation by the groups in this department
Ensure collaboration and transparent communication between the groups in this department.
Identify, select and advance instrumentation developments for European XFEL.
Identify short-comings of instrumentation integration and operational efficiency, propose mitigation scenarios and support their implementation.
Represent European XFEL in areas of instrumentation and participate in collaborations with external partners, including the acquisitions of third party funded projects.
Collaborate with other leaders in the coordination task to enable efficient operation and development of the European XFEL.
Support the Group leader and members of the department to further develop their professional skills and implement/organize appropriate (advanced, joint) training possibilities
Direct report to the Scientific Director in charge of Operation and Development.
Member of the Photon System Operation Board and direct representation of the Department topics at the Management Board meetings.
Degree in physics, or equivalent, and in-depth knowledge and experience of the operation of large-scale infrastructures, ideally synchrotron and FEL light sources.
Several years of experience as senior researcher in one of the areas of this department.
Leadership experience and strong organisational, management and communication skills.
Working place will be Schenefeld in the Hamburg metropolitan area. General information on working in Germany, the Hamburg area and the European XFEL can be found under www.xfel.eu/careers.
Salary and benefits are similar to those of public service organizations in Germany. In addition European XFEL provides a non-contributory company pension scheme as well as broad relocation benefits. The European XFEL GmbH intends to achieve a widely international staff. Non-German candidates hired from abroad receive an international allowance. Handicapped persons will be given preference over other equally qualified applicants. The European XFEL GmbH is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women.
English is the working language, knowledge of German is considered an asset.
The appointment is permanent.
01 November 2018
Please apply online and provide a motivation letter next to a CV in English, as well as your work certificates in one single pdf-file.
Internal Number: S-227
About European XFEL GmbH
The European X-Ray Free Electron Laser Facility GmbH (European XFEL GmbH) is a multi-national non-profit company. It will make available X-rays of unique quality for studies in physics, chemistry, life sciences, materials research and other disciplines. Located in the Hamburg area, Germany, it will comprise scientific instruments for a wide range of experimental techniques. Construction of the European XFEL is underway, user operation starts in 2016.
The European XFEL will generate photon beams in the X-ray energy range, with a so far unrivalled brilliance, making high demands on the detector systems. We have established an international collaboration with the goal to develop imaging detectors for our scientific experiments.