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Postdoc Cultural Heritage Beamline at Inverse Compton Source Smart*Light

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    Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    21/05/2021 01:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Delft


The Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the Delft University of Technology has been at the forefront of the scientific investigation of historical paintings by X-rays. The application of advanced X-ray sources that offer high intensity and tuneable X-ray energies will enable further in-depth study of these objects. In collaboration with institutes including TU Eindhoven, the universities of Antwerp and Gent and several museums, we are developing Smart*Light, an Inverse Compton Source, colloquially named "Tabletop Synchrotron“. Experiments exploring the energy range between 10 and 22 keV are expected to start early Fall 2021.

Except for the investigation of cultural heritage objects, Smart*Light will be used for various other applications. We are offering a Postdoc position to participate in the early experiments at Smart*Light and in the characterisation of the source. You will strengthen the team that installs and aligns the components of the beamline, develop experimental workflows for sample analysis, characterize the beamline and perform the first experiments with art objects at the beamline. As little infrastructure exists at the moment you will welcome to bring in your own experiences and ideas.

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Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication € 3.491 - € 4.402 per month). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

This postdoc position has a fixed-term contract of 1 year.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply by 20 May 2021 via the application button and upload:

  • an up-to-date, detailed curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a letter of motivation
  • list of publications.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Matthias Alfeld, Assistant Professor, email: m.alfeld@tudelft.nl.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

We are looking for a scientist with a PhD in a relevant field of science or engineering and with experience in the operation and configuration of X-ray spectrometers, preferably at synchrotron radiation sources. Moderate programming skills and an affinity for the investigation of art objects are clear bonuses, but are not required.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Delft University of Technology
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 631337
Posting organisation offer ID: 299837


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