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Young, modern, research oriented… Founded in 1991, the University of Potsdam has firmly established itself within the scientific landscape. Nationally and internationally renowned scientists research and teach here at the largest university in Brandenburg. The University of Potsdam is successful in acquiring third-party funds, it demonstrates outstanding performance in technology and knowledge transfer, and it has a very service-oriented administration. Around 20,000 young people study at five faculties located within the university’s three campuses (Am Neuen Palais, Griebnitzsee and Golm). The University of Potsdam has a total of about 2,650 faculty and staff members and is an academic institution set in one of the most scenic surroundings in Germany.


The University of Potsdam, Faculty of Science, Institute for Physics and Astronomy, Experimental Quantum Physics Group is seeking to fill the following position for the BMBF-Project 05K16IP1:


Postdoctoral Scientist

Requisition No.: 150/2016


Employment should begin January 2017. The contract is termed for three years. The Salary Scale is E13 TVL (Area east). The position is for 40 hours of work per week (100%). Contracts are time-limited according to § 2 Abs. 1 Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG).


The goal of this project is the design and use of an ultrafast spectroscopy instrument at the FLASH Free Electron Laser in Hamburg. This is a unique opportunity for a young scientist to demonstrate many different skills and we expect that the applicant shows a high level of self-motivation and already some managerial expertise. Our core competence is in ultrafast physics, especially in molecular dynamics. We are well embedded in the FEL and ultrafast electron diffraction community (see



  • design of an ultrafast instrumentation and execution of ultrafast experiments on molecules
  • coordination between project partners in Sweden (longer stay in first year), Hamburg and Potsdam
  • presentation of the results in scientific papers and conference contributions



  • PhD in physics, chemistry or electrical engineering
  • hands-on-attitude towards experimental setups
  • enthusiastic to work in a larger interdisciplinary team
  • strong communication skills
  • willing to travel nationally and internationally to beamtimes


Under the laws of the federal state of Brandenburg, employees under this contract are permitted to dedicate at least 33% of their contract time for their further qualification. The University strives for a balanced gender ratio in all occupational groups. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal suitability. Applicants with an immigration background are specificially encouraged to apply.


Applications consisting of 1) a letter explaining your motivation to apply 2) a CV and 3) contact information of two to three references should be send via email (with requisition number 150/2016 in headline) at the latest by 11.11.2016 to .


Potsdam, 29.09.2016

Contact and further information:
Prof. Dr. Markus Guehr, Institute of Physics and Astronomy, Potsdam University
Please send an email to Markus Guehr (