Research Associate / PhD Student / Postdoc in Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

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At the Faculty of Physics, Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics the Chair of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry and Isotope Research offers a position as

Research Associate / PhD student / Postdoc (m/f/x)

in Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

starting as soon as possible. The position is initially limited to 2 years with 100% of the full-time weekly hours for a Postdoc resp. 3 years with up to 75% of the full-time weekly hours for a PhD student, with the option of extension. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (usually PhD/habilitation thesis).

Topics and Work Location: At the Chair of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry and Isotope Research (AMS), new technologies are being developed and a state-of-the-art AMS system with the highest sensitivity for a range of rare radionuclides is being set-up in collaboration with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).  Our main research focus areas include:

  • Nuclear Astrophysics: how are the elements made in nature? Detection of nearby Supernovae
  • Environmental Research: anthropogenic and natural radionuclides as environmental markers
  • Climate of the Past & Geological Applications: cosmogenic radionuclides in terrestrial archives
  • Fundamental Physics: search for Dark Matter, neutrinos in the past, nuclear properties.

Tasks: Development of new measurement strategies for ultra-sensitive low-energy AMS. This includes

  • new measurement strategies for AMS of rare earth elements and actinides using an ion cooler
  • automated tuning procedures (in collaboration with Univ. of Vienna and HZDR)
  • developments of machine learning (ML)-algorithms for optimization of beam parameters and control of relevant components
  • remote or autonomous measurements requiring a high degree of automation of controlling the measurement process as well as data acquisition and analysis.
  • The work will be performed in close collaboration with the AMS colleagues at HZDR.

Requirements: very good research-oriented university degree and, if applicable, PhD degree in a discipline that is relevant to our research fields (such as physics, computer science, electrical or electronic engineering, chemistry, geology), very good programming skills. The knowledge of Python, C and other software engineering or programming languages for accelerator facilities is advantageous.

What we offer: are you enthusiastic in interdisciplinary research? You will have the opportunity to become part of a dynamic and expanding team that runs state-of-the-art AMS facilities, that develops and applies new world-leading single-atom counting techniques. You will join a team with strong international collaborations and with established expertise in accelerator mass spectrometry applications in geological, environmental science and in nuclear astrophysics.

TUD strives to employ more women in academia and research. We therefore expressly encourage women to apply. The University is a certified family-friendly university and offers a Dual Career Service. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. If multiple candidates prove to be equally qualified, those with disabilities or with equivalent status pursuant to the German Social Code IX (SGB IX) will receive priority for employment.

Please submit your detailed application with the usual documents by June 23, 2023 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies), preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf file to or to: TU Dresden, Fakultät Physik, Institut für Kern- und Teilchenphysik, Professur für Beschleuniger-Massenspektrometrie und Isotopenforschung, Herrn Prof. Dr. Anton Wallner, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden, Germany. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.

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