Postdoc in the area of 'X-ray based multimodality development: crystalline and amorphous alloys for space applications'

Updated: 6 days ago

Materials science and technology are our passion. With our cutting-edge research, Empa's around 1,100 employees make essential contributions to the well-being of society for a future worth living. Empa is a research institution of the ETH Domain.

The Center for X-ray Analytics develops X-ray methodologies for understanding materials structure in materials science. Our core activities is the development X-ray based methods focusing on the evaluation of the structure – property relationship in applications such as biomedicine and space. 

In the frame of an ESA project interfacing research and industrial needs, we are looking for a postdoc holding a PhD in material science, physics or chemistry, with a clear link to X-ray based analytical methods, preferably related to X-ray diffraction. The project is linked to crystalline and amorphous alloys: a) to the study of thermo-physical properties in micro-gravity, and b) to industrial processes and the establishment of the structure-property relationship. We aim to expand the labs expertise with respect to X-ray multimodalities, mainly combining X-ray diffraction with imaging methods. We expect the candidate's enthusiasm for Space sciences! 

Your tasks
  • R&D in the domain of X-ray analytics, with a focus on X-ray diffraction and scattering, data analysis and modelling for partially crystalline material systems
  • Focusing on developing lab-based X-ray multimodalities, mainly X-ray imaging 
  • Presentation of scientific results through publications and on conferences 
  • Active interactions with scientific collaborators and industrial partners

Your profile
  • PhD degree in chemistry, physics or materials science 
  • Deep knowledge in X-ray diffraction and scattering methods 
  • Additional knowledge in X-ray imaging and microscopy techniques is a big plus 
  • Striving for scientific excellence and being an independent researcher 
  • Experienced in project management and writing scientific publications 
  • Fluent in English, German would be a plus
  • Enjoying a multicultural environment

Our offer

We offer this postdoc position at a research institution with excellent infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surrounding. The position is available for the 1st of July 2024 or upon agreement and will be initially limited to one year with a performance based possibility for contract extension. The working place will be Dübendorf / Zurich.

We live a culture of inclusion and respect. We welcome all people who are interested in innovative, sustainable and meaningful activities - that's what counts.

PatriciaNitzsche, Stv. Leiterin Human Resources / Dep. Head Human Resources

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