Postdoc Cultural Heritage Beamline at Inverse Compton Source Smart*Light

Postdoc Cultural Heritage Beamline at Inverse Compton Source Smart*Light

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20 Apr 21 May Delft

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Job description

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.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


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.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

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.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 


Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

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  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • TUD01026


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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