An­ge­bot 220 von 368 vom 02.10.2019, 00:00


RWTH Aachen - AG Biophysik, I. Physikalisches Institut (IA)

The successful applicant will be employed by the RWTH Aachen, but the work will be conducted at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching, nearby Munich. The work will be performed in close cooperation with the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) of the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

The research activities of the AG Biophysik aim to establish a fundamental, physics-based understanding of the function of bio-macromolecular systems. In this respect proteins and (protein based) macromolecular complexes, also within in their cellular context, are of particular interest for our research topics (

At the MLZ ( Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) is operating a suite of high performance neutron scattering instruments. In addition, it is actively pursuing a research program in soft matter science offering a highly interdisciplinary and international environment. We are an innovative research group with experience in both fields SANS and IR spectroscopy and in-situ techniques and equipped with excellent experimental methods embedded in the international research environment of the JCNS.

Research Assistant / Associate (m/w/d)

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will deve­lop a novel in-situ infra­red (IR) spec­tro­me­ter at the small-angle neu­tron scat­te­ring (SANS) instru­ments ope­ra­ted by JCNS in order to moni­tor the struc­tu­ral chan­ges invol­ved with the dif­fe­rent sta­tes of pro­te­ins by a com­bi­na­tion of neu­tron scat­te­ring and infra­red absorp­tion on the very same sam­ple.

In detail your job invol­ves:
  • Build-up of a novel IR spec­tro­me­ter based on Quan­tum Cas­cade Lasers
  • Deve­lop­ment of sam­ple cells allo­wing IR and SANS in situ on the very same sam­ple
  • Sam­ple cha­rac­te­ri­za­tion by CD-spec­tro­scopy, UV-visi­ble and IR spec­tro­scopy
  • Per­forming neu­tron scat­te­ring expe­ri­ments at the MLZ in Gar­ching and world-wide
  • Pre­sen­ta­tion of the results at con­fe­ren­ces and publi­ca­tion of sci­en­ti­fic arti­cles
  • Inter­di­sci­pli­nary team­work and super­vi­sion of Bache­lor and Mas­ter stu­dents
  • Chance of par­ti­ci­pa­ting in (inter­na­tio­nal) con­fe­ren­ces and pro­ject mee­tings


  • App­li­cants must have a doc­to­rate/Ph.D. or equi­va­lent.
  • Uni­ver­sity Degree (Mas­ter or equi­va­lent) in Phy­sics or Che­mi­stry and a PhD in a rela­ted field ide­ally with a focus on the deve­lop­ment of new mea­su­rement set-ups
  • Know­ledge of scat­te­ring tech­ni­ques is not requi­red but would be a plus
  • Know­ledge in IR spec­tro­scopy and desi­gning opti­cal set-ups would be desi­red
  • Data ana­ly­sis using com­pu­ter pro­grams will also be an important aspect of the pro­ject
  • Expe­ri­ence with com­pu­ter pro­gramming for data ana­ly­sis (python or simi­lar) is advan­ta­ge­ous
  • IR spec­tra model­ling and inter­pre­ta­tion skills would be desi­ra­ble
  • Good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills in Eng­lish are a requi­re­ment
  • Coope­ra­tive and struc­tu­red working style and pas­sion for sci­ence and new ideas
  • Fun in wri­ting publi­ca­ti­ons should be pre­sent in the suc­cess­ful can­di­date

What we of­fer:

The posi­tion is limi­ted to 3 years and is to be fil­led as soon as pos­si­ble. This is a full-time posi­tion.

The salary cor­re­sponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity is cer­ti­fied as a "Family-Fri­endly Uni­ver­sity". We wel­come app­li­ca­ti­ons from all sui­ta­bly qua­li­fied can­di­da­tes regard­less of gen­der. We par­ti­cu­larly wel­come and encou­rage app­li­ca­ti­ons from women, dis­ab­led per­sons and eth­nic mino­rity groups, reco­gni­zing they are under­re­p­re­sen­ted across RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity. The princi­ples of fair and open com­pe­ti­tion apply and appoint­ments will be made on merit. RWTH Aachen is an equal oppor­tu­nities employer. We the­re­fore ask you not to include a photo in your app­li­ca­tion. For infor­ma­tion on the collec­tion of per­so­nal data pur­suant to Arti­cles 13 and 14 of the Gene­ral Data Pro­tec­tion Regu­la­tion (GDPR), please visit:

How to ap­ply:

For further details, please contact
Dr. Tobias Schrader
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 289 10743

Prof. Dr. Jörg Fitter
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 80 22331

Please send your application by October 28, 2019 to
Dr. rer. nat., Universitätsprofessor Jörg Fitter
I. Physikalisches Institut (IA)
AG Biophysik
RWTH Aachen
52056 Aachen, Germany

You can also send your application via email to Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties.