Post-doctoral Researcher at MPSD, Max Planck Institute, Germany

PhD in Germany, International Max Planck Research School

Post-doctoral Researcher at MPSD: The Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) in Hamburg is seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to join our team. The successful candidate will develop and implement algorithms to process single particle X-ray diffraction data from X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs) to study the structural dynamics of biomolecular systems. This project, funded by the Röntgen Ångström Cluster, involves collaboration with teams from the University of Gothenburg, University of Hamburg, and Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY).

Designation: Post-doctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

Research Area: Structural Dynamics of Biomolecular Systems

Location: Hamburg, Germany


  • University degree in a relevant subject plus a PhD in physics, chemistry, or structural biology.
  • Beneficial experience in:
    • Coherent X-ray diffraction or macromolecular crystallography
    • XFEL experiments or large-scale data analysis
    • Python programming
  • Fluency in English, the working language in our group and with collaborators.

Job Description:

  • Develop and implement algorithms for processing single particle X-ray diffraction data.
  • Unravel structural dynamics of biomolecular systems.
  • Participate in, and eventually lead, international experimental collaborations.
  • Conduct measurements at the European XFEL in Hamburg and other facilities worldwide.

How to Apply: To apply, please complete the online application form and attach your English CV, motivation letter, and a list of three possible contacts for reference letters. For further information, contact Kartik Ayyer at +49 40 8998-88150 or email:

Last Date for Apply: Please submit your application as soon as possible, as the position will remain open until filled.

Our Offer:

  • An innovative research environment at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL).
  • A position according to the German public pay scale (TVöD).
  • Initial appointment for two years with the possibility of an extension.
  • The Max Planck Society encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and seeks to increase the number of women in underrepresented areas.

For detailed information about the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, visit

We look forward to your application.



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