PhD position - "X-ray Imaging of Plasma Shocks"

The Bleiner group ( at the University of Bern (Switzerland) runs plasma-based sources of coherent and incoherent shortwavelength radiation ("XUV") for micro/nano-scale imaging. Within the COST Action MP1208 ( the group has funding for a full-time Doctorate (Ph.D. in Physics) on "X-ray Imaging of Plasma Shocks"

Your project:
In conventional (amplitude) X-ray plasma imaging, one uses energetic X-rays that can penetrate into thick targets. However a poor contrast, as due to a factor of 3 matter compression, hinders the capturing of second shocks, shock reflections, and fine structures. Your results using phasecontrast imaging will be compared to those using the traditional technique. Your optical set-ups for imaging warm/dense plasmas generated by an intense laser pulse, as during shock ignition experiments (Fig.), will expand the fundamental understanding, thus being the platform for international publications.

Your profile:

You hold a degree in physics with excellent grades, and hands-on experience in any of the following fields: optics, X-rays, spectroscopy, lasers, plasmas, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics. You have passion for laboratory work and are creative. You are a teamplayer and are ready to help your colleagues and learn from them. You are ready to travel for experiments at international facilities in Japan, Canada, France, USA (for visa issues European applicants are given priority). You have excellent spoken/written skills in English,
and knowledge of German or French. Linux familiarity is required. You are a skilled user of common data processing software (e.g. Matlab) and can perform own simulations to prepare the experiments.

Application is now possible until the position is filled. Starting date is 1 April 2014 or upon mutual agreement. Please submit only PDFs as a single ZIP namely: cover letter, one-page statement of interest, CV with biographical data, publications list, transcript of university examinations, copy of certificates. Two references should be provided with full contact details. Applications are sent to: Prof. Dr. Davide Bleiner, University of Bern (IAP), ExWI A81 (Laser), Sidlerstrasse 5, CH-3012, Bern, Switzerland. E-mail,

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