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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in XFEL MHz Tomoscopy


Standard Grade 7: £33,309 - £40,927 per annum

Closing date

Jul 20, 2022 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Assistant to join the Korsunsky MBLEM research group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford).  The post is funded by Innovate UK (EC Pathfinder) grant and is fixed term to 31st August 2024.


The research project will unlock the potential of X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) beams for ultrafast time-resolved 3D imaging of stochastic, non-repeatable processes such as moving boundary phenomena in the liquid-gas, liquid-solid and solid-solid systems, including two-phase flows, phase transformations, and rapid deformation phenomena.


The successful candidate will be responsible for preparing and optimizing bespoke experimental configurations, participating in beamtime sessions at XFEL (Hamburg) working closely with the local team of Patrick Vagovic and colleagues on beamline SPB/SFX, processing the data jointly with Pablo Villanueva Perez (Lund U.), interpreting the results in correlation with numerical process models, making presentations, and taking the lead in preparing the results for publication.  


You will have a PhD/Dphil, (or near completion*) in the field of large facility X-ray science (imaging and diffraction) and possess relevant experience and have stron background in the area of imaging and scattering using partially coherent x-ray beams.  You will have the ability to perform innovative and effective studies in X-ray and electron microscopy evidence by a strong publication record.



Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Alexander M. Korsunsky (email:


Only online applications received before midday on 20th July 2022 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology. 

XFEL, coherent X-ray beams, picosecond pulse, tomography, ptychography.

Contact name

Professor Alexander Korsunsky

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