Postdoc position in the ICS Smart*Light project

Research / Academic



Inverse Compton Scattering (ICS) sources can provide narrowband, tunable and high-brilliance X-ray beams, bridging the gap between laboratory X-ray tubes and large-scale synchrotron facilities. The realization of a robust and reliable ICS source could revolutionize many fields in science and technology, such as materials science, medical science and cultural heritage. The postdoc position is part of the Smart*Light project that is aimed at the development of a compact hard X-ray (up to 100 keV), high-brilliance ICS source based on X-band linear accelerator technology. The Smart*Light project is a collaboration between several Dutch universities (TU/e and TU Delft), Belgian universities (University of Antwerp and university of Gent), the Boymans-Van Beuningen museum and Erasmus university in Rotterdam, the Dutch high-tech company VDL-ETG and the CERN CLIC team.

Project description

The first Smart*Light ICS source will be built at TU/e by a 7-person project team, consisting of experienced accelerator and laser physicists, PhD students and technicians. The 4-year project will start in 2018 and entails the design, construction and realization of an ICS source based on the combination of a high-brightness electron injector, an X-band linear accelerator to boost the electron energy to 50 MeV, and an electron-light interaction system, in which high-power, sub-picosecond laser pulses are made to collide with the electron beam. The postdoc we are looking for will be focusing on the electron-light interaction system. We are looking for an experimental physicist or physics engineer with experience with high power lasers and optics, preferably combined with knowledge of accelerators and beams. The goal is a compact, robust and reliable setup, that can be transported to and used at different locations and which ultimately can be commercialized. The candidate should therefore have a strong affinity with technology development and valorization.

The project at TU/e is mainly focused on technology development but once the first prototype is operational there will be room for joining the demonstration experiments headed by the other consortium partners.

The TU/e Smart*Light project will be supervised by Jom Luiten and Peter Mutsaers.


The work will be mostly performed in the Coherence and Quantum Technology group of the Department of Applied Physics on the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology. The research in the CQT group is centered on coherence in ensembles of atoms, ions, electrons and photons. We combine expertise from plasma physics, AMO physics and particle beam physics to investigate new areas and applications of these techniques, either to future technologies or to other areas in physics.


We welcome applications from candidates with a PhD degree in experimental and/or applied physics, preferably with a background and interest in laser and/or beam physics. The ideal candidate has the drive and capacity to tackle different aspects of a complex problem with a great deal of independence, while at the same time collaborating closely and in good team spirit with the other members of the TU/e Smart*Light team.

Salary Benefits:

We offer:
  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research group;
  • Full-time temporary appointment for initially 1 year, with outlook on appointment for 3 years;
  • A gross salary of between € 3045,-  and € 3996,- gross per month, depending on knowledge and experience (based on salary scale 10 of CAO Dutch Universities);
  • An extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities).
  • Work Hours:

    38 hours per week


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