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Postdoc position in methods development for Biological ASAXS/SAXS at EMBL

(Posted 03/02/2020)

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The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK), Monterotondo (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain).

The EMBL Hamburg Outstation at the DESY campus performs research in structural biology with specific emphasis on the use of synchrotron radiation. EMBL Hamburg runs two macromolecular crystallography (MX) beamlines and a Small Angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) beamline at the high-brillance storage ring PETRA III.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in the BioSAXS group. The group has a strong experience in SAXS data collection and interpretation and runs the user-oriented P12 BioSAXS beamline at PETRA III.

Your role

You will work on the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) funded project on advanced approaches to study macromolecular structures in solution with anomalous SAXS (ASAXS). You will be involved in the experimental and computational methods development in collaboration with the University of Mainz, a partner on this DFG project.

You have

* A PhD in a relevant field (physics, mathematics, structural biology)
* Knowledge and/or interest in X-ray instrumentation
* Good communication and English language skills and the ability to collaborate with international teams are essential.

You might also have

Experience in programming and in biological scattering/diffraction would be advantageous.

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises from a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus. EMBL has a large thriving community of bioinformaticians, working in close collaboration with experimental scientists and with strong links to other local scientists and institutions.

What else you need to know

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1600 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

Please apply online through:

For further information please contact:

Dr Dmitri Svergun, svergun(at)



Researcher position using time-resolved SAXS at Stockholm University

(Posted 21/01/2020)

Researcher in materials chemistry with specialisation in nanoparticle self-assembly at Department of materials and environmental chemistry, Stockholm University

Closing date: February 10, 2020.


Project description

We are seeking a researcher to develop our recently presented evaporation-driven poor-solvent enrichment (EDPSE) assembly method (Kapuscinski et al, Nature Comm 2019) to follow the formation, and produce complex and multifunctional nanoparticle arrays with orientational and positional order, so called mesocrystals. Nanoparticle self-assembly and mesocrystal formation will be studied in real time using primarily SAXS and attempts will be made to develop models to describe nucleation and mesocrystal growth. The research will have a strong methodological focus. Better understanding of how nanoparticles assemble has the potential to advance our understanding of crystallization in general and non-classical, particle-mediated crystallization phenomena in particular. The research will focus on studies of self-assembly of anisotropic nanoparticles and mesocrystal formation by primarily time-resolved small angle X-ray scattering together with electron microscopy and modelling. The researcher is expected to lead the time-resolved SAXS measurements at different synchrotron facilities, including application for beam-time, the design and construction of suitable measurement cells and analysis of scattering data.


Terms of employment

The position is a fixed-term full-time employment of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances.

Start date 2020-04-01 or as per agreement.



For more information, please contact Professor Lennart Bergström, telephone: +46 8 16 23 68,


To Apply

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system: quoting Ref. No. SU FV-0107-20



SAXS beamline scientist position at PETRA III

(Posted 21/11/2019; updated 16/12/2019)

Beamline scientist in SAXS/WAXS on hard materials at PETRA III (DESY)

A new vacancy for a scientist at the P21.2 high-energy beamline has just be published at the DESY website:

The original closing date of December 1, 2019 has been extended to January 15, 2020.


Ulrich Lienert

Ulrich Lienert, PhD
DESY Photon Science
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron
Notkestr. 85
D-22607 Hamburg

Email :
Phone : +49 40 8998 3165
Fax : +49 40 8998 4475