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Scientific Director (f/m)

European XFEL GmbH. Schenefeld, 03.11.2017

The Brightest Light on Earth

European XFEL is an international non-profit company located in the Hamburg area in Germany. It operates a 3.4 km-long X-ray laser, which produces X-rays of unique quality for studies in physics, chemistry, the life sciences, materials research and other disciplines. The diverse scientific facilities at European XFEL enable scientists from across the globe to carry out a wide range of experimental techniques. Early user operation has started in September 2017.
The European XFEL GmbH is opening the position of a

Scientific Director (f/m)

The Position
The three Scientific Directors are in charge of scientific and technical matters, including the design, construction, commissioning and operation of the photon beam systems and the instrumentation; and the establishment of the scientific program of the European XFEL. They contribute to shaping the user operation of the facility towards the goal of world-class scientific excellence. They strive to enlarge the user community in new scientific areas. Their work is coordinated by the Chairperson of the Manage­ment Board, and the Board reports to the Council.
The presently advertised Scientific Director, in particular:
  • Leads the operation and development of the hard X-ray experimental stations
  • Is responsible for the scientific support groups in controls, advanced electronics, scientific computing, data management and detectors
  • Leads the establishment of new scientific programs at the hard x-ray photonsystems
The Company is looking for a world leading scientist in free electron laser or X-ray synchrotron radiation scientific applications. The successful candidate should possess:
  • Strong background in X-ray photon science
  • Proven track record in managing scientific groups
  • Experience in supervising scientific support groups
  • Ability to work as a team player in the Management Board
  • Ability to work in a complex multidisciplinary environment
  • Ability to find creative solutions on complex problems
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Cooperative leadership style
  • Ability to inspire and engage the staff
The working language of European XFEL is English, hence fluency in spoken and written English is a must.
For any questions, please contact Robert Feidenhans’l (
For this management position we offer an attractive remuneration package. In addition, European XFEL provides broad relocation benefits. The European XFEL GmbH intends to achieve a widely international staff. The initial duration of the contract is five years. Extension is possible.
Reference number: S-186
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.
If you are interested in this position, please apply online here and provide a motivation letter and a CV in English, as well as your references in one pdf-file.
Deadline: January 2nd 2018
European XFEL GmbH
Holzkoppel 4, 22869 Schenefeld, Germany


Bewerbungsschluss: 02.12.2017