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Scientist/Postdoctoral Fellow in Structural Biophysics (IV-95)

ELI Beamlines
Czech Republic
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

Job Details

ELI Beamlines research centre in Dolní Břežany is a part of pan-European infrastructure ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) representing a unique tool of support of scientific excellence in Europe by making available its capacities to the best scientific teams across the world. The aim of ELI Beamlines is to establish the most intensive laser system in the world and to operate it on a long-term basis. Due to ultra-high performances of 10 PW (1 petawatt = 1,000,000,000,000,000 watts) and concentrated intensities of up to 1024 W/cm2, we can offer our users a unique source of radiation and beams of accelerated particles. The so called beamlines will enable ground-breaking research in the area of physics and science dealing with materials, but also in biomedicine and laboratory astrophysics and many other fields. ELI Beamlines is a part of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and it was open in 2015. 

The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences is a holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award. It is awarded by the European Commission to institutions which put significant effort into improving their human resources strategy and ensuring professional and ethical working conditions. 

We are recruiting a researcher to develop new aerosol sample injection/deposition techniques for applications in electron microscopy and photon science. The successful applicant is expected to work on the development and application of new mass-selective sample delivery methods, using electro-spay ionisation and other aerosolisation technics to enable high-resolution structural studies on mass-selected macromolecules, viruses, cell organelles and small cells, using electron microscopy or ultra-fast coherent diffractive imaging, e.g. at X-ray free-electron lasers. Other applications include the study of light-matter interactions between high intensity laser pulses and isolated nanoparticles. Depending on career stage, the appointment will be either at a junior or on a more senior level.


  • You will be leading the aerosol sample-injection and deposition programme at ELI Beamlines;
  • Will engage with the development of new instrumentation for applications in electron microscopy, free-electron laser research, and spectroscopy;
  • Overseeing the installation and performance of laboratory infrastructures;
  • General support of the scientific activities of the research team.
  • Cooperation with users and other research and technical teams at ELI Beamlines.


  • PhD in Physics, Biophysics, Structural biology, Mass spectrometry, Physical chemistry, Laser-sciences, Optics;
  • Prior work experience in academia in one or more of these areas;
  • Experience with aerosol technologies and single-molecule/-particle techniques is a particular advantage;
  • Ability to develop new cutting-edge instruments and technologies, including developing new algorithms;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, and work as a key part of an international interdisciplinary team.

What we offer

  • The opportunity to work in a creative scientific environment to carry out cutting edge research;
  • A brand-new laboratory, where highly innovative techniques are being developed and tested;
  • Competitive and motivating salary;
  • Pleasant working environment;
  • 5 weeks of holiday and other employee benefits;
  • Possibility of long term employment for proven experts.

Applications, containing CV, cover letter, contacts of references, and any other material the candidate considers relevant, should be sent to Mrs Jana Ženíšková, HR specialist (, +420 - 601560322).

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ELI Beamlines profile imageELI Beamlines is part of the European ELI laser centre, the world’s first international laser facility. ELI Beamlines is open to an international and interdisciplinary user community from academia and industry. Mandated by the international scientific laser community and implemented in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania, ELI drives international laser research and laser-based applications to new frontiers, and fulfils important missions for regional socio-economic development.

About us
The main mission of ELI Beamlines is to provide a user-oriented infrastructure for performing revolutionary scientific experiments across many different disciplines. It combines advanced synchronized ultra-intense short-pulse lasers with secondary sources of particles and X-rays.

The ELI Beamlines facility provides research opportunities at a number of world-class secondary sources, each one driven by ultra-intense lasers. These secondary sources, partially based on entirely new concepts, produce pulses of radiation and particles of the highest intensity and beam quality, including electromagnetic radiation over a broad spectral range and charged particles such as electrons, protons and ions. These will enable a wealth of novel applications.

The ERIC is a specific legal form designed to facilitate the establishment and operation of research infrastructures of European interest. ERICs are participated by States and international organizations as members. As a main statutory mission, ELI ERIC is responsible for making the ELI facilities available to the scientific community as a single international organization, with unified governance and management.

The Czech Republic hosts the ELI ERIC statutory seat in Dolní Brezany, in the South of Prague, at the ELI Beamlines facility. A second facility, ELI-ALPS, is hosted by Hungary in Szeged. The Czech Republic and Hungary are joined by Italy and Lithuania as founding members, while Germany and Bulgaria are founding observers. A third ELI facility is under construction in Romania in the field of nuclear photonics and is expected to complement the current ELI ERIC facilities in the future. More information can be found on the ELI ERIC websites.

Why work for us
ELI Beamlines brings together people from all over the world. If you want to participate in the largest laser research project in the world, apply through the offer of employment at We are interested in people of various professions and specializations. We can offer interesting and challenging work, dedicated training, plus the chance to work with smart people in a pleasant working environment.

The future is in laser technologies. Are you interested? Join us!

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From apprenticeship to PhD in a wide variety of domains

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Tel +420 601560322

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+420 601560322
Za Radnicí 835,
252 41 Dolní Břežany

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