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Ph. D. Student (m/f/d) - Development and Characterisation of an EUV / Soft X-ray Single-Photon Sensitive sCMOS Camera

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    greateyes GmbH
    PhysicsApplied physics
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    27/05/2021 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Berlin
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


PhD position in the “Smart-X” Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network

Applications are invited for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position at greateyes GmbH, Berlin, available as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) SMART-X standing for Study of carrier transport in MAterials by time-Resolved specTroscopy with ultrashort soft X-ray light.



The project aims to develop a EUV/soft X-ray sensitive sCMOS camera suitable for high repetition rate imaging and spectroscopy as well as single photon detection. Therefore an existing CMOS camera platform will be optimized towards an EUV & soft X-ray sensitive sCMOS camera suitable for high-repetition-rate imaging or spectroscopy as well as single photon detection.

The successful candidate will have an enrolment for the doctoral degree at Freie Universität Berlin and will work in the R&D group at greateyes which consists of mechanical & electrical engineers as well as physicists and (embedded) software developers of multiple nationalities.

In addition to the scientific work in a stimulating, international and interdisciplinary environment, the ESR will gain profound knowledge in state-of-the-art, low noise electronics design (PCB design), photonic sensor as well as UHV technology. Both will open up many job opportunities in either public research laboratories involved, or in the high-tech industry not only limited to photonics.


Work Topics:

The project deals with the development & characterization of a new electronics and software platform for novel scientific CMOS cameras aimed to detect photons in the EUV & soft X-ray regime with outstanding performance. In particular, a detailed comparison of new sensor technologies with existing CCD detectors is crucial to understand the pros and cons of each technology.

The new hardware platform is to be redesigned towards handling the heavy data streams (1-100Gb/s range) involved in the read-out process of wafer-scale CMOS and pixel sensors at the high frame rates demanded by the applications. To further reduce the image acquisition time for high repetition rate experiments a FPGA based implementation of a flexible region of interest (ROI) read-out function will be crucial. An extension of the photon shot noise limited regime of the sensor towards the lowest possible charge levels will be beneficial for the detection of single photons. Therefore the platform electronics need to be optimized towards lowest possible read-out noise of the sensor.

Taking advantage of our partner network of national and international research institutes, universities and industrial partners in the field, prototypes of cameras featuring different sensor technologies will be characterized. In particular their performance depending on the energy range, photon flux, repetition rate, and other parameters are to be evaluated.



The gross amount salary will be composed of a monthly living allowance: (€ 3110 / month adjusted through the application of a correction coefficient depending on the hosting country cost of living) and a mobility allowance (€ 600 / month). Depending on the researcher’s family situation at the recruitment date also a family allowance (€ 500 / month) could be paid.


About greateyes

greateyes GmbH is an aspiring manufacturer of scientific, deeply cooled high-performance cameras for imaging and spectroscopic applications ranging from the X-ray to the NIR region. The Berlin-based company is passionate about innovative, cutting-edge technology and strives for continuous product improvement with respect to noise, dynamic range, sensitivity, and speed.


Contact: Dr. Conrad Friedrich

Enrolment in doctoral degree: Freie Universität Berlin

How to apply? Please send your full application to jobs@greateyes.de including a

  • A Cover Letter with declaration of research interests

  • A Curriculum Vitae, including contact details

  • Scanned copies of the complete (Bachelor and Master equivalent) official academic transcripts

  • Scanned copies of the degree certificates, if available at the time of application

  • If available, scanned copy of standardized test results (GRE, TOEFL, etc.)

More Information

Offer Requirements

    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


Our team welcomes applications from individuals with a degree in a field of science and engineering related to the SMART-X research activities. In particular an internationally-recognized Master or equivalent degree preferably in experimental physics, photonics, optical or electrical engineering is required that, at the latest, must be completed by the start of your prospective PhD at greateyes/FU Berlin.

Positively valued will be previous research experience in related fields as well as expertise in electrical engineering (schematic design & PCB layout), electronics testing & debugging, embedded software & FPGA programming (Linux on ARM, VHDL, C), instrumentation, photonics, clean-room or vacuum technology. Also high working knowledge of English is required. German language skills are not mandatory but beneficial.

Please, if in doubt regarding your academic eligibility, contact us at jobs@greateyes.de.

Specific Requirements

According to the MSCA regulation, applicants at the time of the recruitment by the host organization shall be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Applicants can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment.

At the time of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of appointment. This project supports a fair gender representation by promoting genuine equal access opportunities between all genders throughout the recruitment process.

Work location(s)
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greateyes GmbH
Justus-von-Liebig-Str. 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 552899


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