The Max Planck Society is Germany's premier research organization. The 86 Max Planck Institutes conduct research at highest levels, in the service of the general public, in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

The Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) is located at the Science Campus Hamburg-Bahrenfeld and investigates dynamical phenomena within matter down to the elementary timescales of atomic and electronic motions, the femtosecond or attosecond timescale. The focus is on the use of short wavelength ultrafast probes, such as X-rays or electron pulses, which are capable of measuring atomic and electronic structures in matter of all kinds.

The MPSD currently consists of three scientific departments focusing on solid state physics and theoretical methods in these fields. The MPSD is a partner in the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), collaborating with the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), European XFEL (EuXFEL) and the University of Hamburg in the development of science based on the X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs).

For our new department "Microstructured Quantum Matter" we are looking for a

Engineer for Electron Microscopy and Focused Ion Beam Systems (FIB) (m/f/d)

Your position:

The position is a central one within the group as it is responsible for important infrastructure for microstructuring and analysis in our lab. It will be an interplay between technical development, scientific support, teaching and maintenance aspects.

The group has three FIB systems with the capability to microstructure quantum matter from millimeter to nanometric features. This platform is comprised of a dual beam Ga-SEM system as well as a tribeam Multi-Specie-Plasma - SEM - Femtosecond Laser and a Orion Helium/Neon/Gallium microscope. Those systems will be complemented by a Transmission electron microscope.

The main task is the weekly user-alignment of all systems and organize with the companies on service visits and implementation of upgrades. To enable a smooth and uninterrupted operation is the most important taks of this role.

The position also includes the introduction of new group members to the systems. A standard curriculum shall be developed and needs to be adjusted when new capabilities are added. The aim is to implement a standardized training for all users.

To develop new techniques and/or support new techniques in collaboration with students, postdocs  or visitors is key to solving scientific problems and a vital part of this job. All systems come with Python Autoscript to allow for automization as well as additional upgrades like multiple-micromanipulators and thermal platforms. The develop of new micro-structuring techniques or more complex structures is key to our research.

An additional aspect of the work allows the successful candidate to carry out standard characterization procedures as part of a collaboration and to investigate samples that require electrical measurements of microstructured devices. This is an opportunity to work with a wide range of materials, topics, and questions both inside and outside the institute. This is done in close collaboration with the team that supports the low temperature - high magnetic field platform and the clean room team.

Your qualification:

We  are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic person to work in a vibrant international enviroment with the aim to test and push the limits of state-of-the-art microstructuring capabilities. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in physics, mechanical or electrical engineering.

A university degree in either field is desirable but not required. Solid knowledge is required in the field of electron microscopy and focused ion beam systems. Prior expericene in alignment procedures in electron and ion beam colums is beneficial but not required. Prior experience of preparation in TEM lamellae, EDS and TEM sample analysis is beneficial. Knowledge in programming language Phyton is advantageous.

The successful candidate must have the ability to work and collaborate within an international diverse team.

Working at MPSD requires the applicant to be fluent in English. Proficiency in German is preferred.

Our offer:

We offer an innovative environment, which will give you the opportunity to develop your own ideas in a low temperature high magnetic field facility in combination with state-of-the-art micro machining capabilities. We offer an attractive remuneration up to TVöD E12 according to the German public pay scale (TVöD). The appointment is for two years with the possibility to be made permanent.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applicants from all backround.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of indivduals with disabilities in its workface and therefore encourages applicantions from such quailified individuals.

Your application:

To apply please complete the online application form and attach you English CV and motivation letter as well as all relevant certificates latest 19th of June, 2022.

Detailed information about the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter can be found at

We look forward to your application.


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