We are always interested in hearing from talented and motivated candidates that are interested in the group's work. While open positions are contigent on space and funding, we encourage you to get in touch at any time to see if it is possible to work together. Email <> with a short introduction, along with your CV and we can discuss! Looking forward to hearing from you.

Postdoctoral Scholar for the group FS-CFEL-PBIO

Time-resolved Crystallography of Photoactive Proteins

Hambug, Germany

Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2021

DESY, with its 2700 employees at its two locations in Hamburg and Zeuthen, is one of the world's leading research centres. Its research focuses on decoding the structure and function of matter, from the smallest particles of the universe to the building blocks of life. In this way, DESY contributes to solving the major questions and urgent challenges facing science, society and industry. With its ultramodern research infrastructure, its interdisciplinary research platforms and its international networks, DESY offers a highly attractive working environment in the fields of science, technology and administration as well as for the education of highly qualified young scientists.

The group FS-CFEL-PBIO builds and uses the massive facilities of DESY to answer questions at the intersection of light and biology. From the European XFEL to ultrafast laser setups, PETRA-III to the new HARBOR facility, we have access to unique tools to unravel how living organisms use and react to photons.

We seek a postdoctoral scholar to lead a project on the time-resolved imaging of photoenzymes. Enzymes are the best performing catalysts on Earth, yet the details of their function — for example what role dynamics play (or not) in chemical rearrangements — remain a source of debate. New x-ray free electron laser (XFEL) technology allows us to directly image proteins at the time and length-scales (atoms/fs) on which chemistry occurs, making it possible to directly study enzyme catalyzed reactions via imaging. As the ideal candidate, you will conduct such experiments and gain insight into how protein matter directs photon energy into productive chemistry.

The position:
* Design of experiments, including new hardware and software when necessary
* Organizing and leading teams of 2-20 people to conduct XFEL experiments
* Preparation of protein crystal samples and wet lab bio/chemistry
* Interpretation and analysis of experimental results
* Helping to foster an environment conductive to collaboration, learning, growth, and fun

* A doctoral degree in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field
* Excellent wet-lab skills, with knowledge of how to produce, purify, and crystallize proteins
* A basic familiarity with serial femtosecond crystallography and XFELs
* Fundamental computational skills including unix-style environments, python/matlab/similar
* The ability to drive your work independently and show initiative

Due to the need to collaboratively conduct work at the XFEL, leadership maturity is a necessary skill to conduct this work. Leadership potential will be taken into account during the hiring process.

The position is guarenteed for 2 years with the possibility of extention.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organisations in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned duties. Handicapped persons will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants. DESY operates flexible work schemes. DESY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women. Vacant positions at DESY are in general open to part-time work.

To apply send the following by email to Dr. Thomas Lane at <>:

1. An up to date CV
2. A cover letter describing your motivation for applying
3. Two letters of recommendation OR information for two recommenders who may be contacted directly
4. Scanned copies of your Undergraduate and PhD diplomas -- if you have not yet completed your PhD, you may still apply, but please indicate via email when you will officially be granted your degree.