at the IONTOF Career Forum
IONTOF headquarter, Münster, Germany
Current job openings
Master thesis "Creation of an LEIS reference data collection"
IONTOF is a manufacturer of innovative surface analysis instruments with various product lines for Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and Low Energy Ion Scattering (LEIS).
Founded as a classic spin-off of the University of Münster, IONTOF is today the technological pioneer in the field of ToF-SIMS and LEIS devices. To strengthen our leading position, we would like to give students the opportunity to gain insight into these fields and write a master's thesis.

Description of the activity
Improve the quantification of LEIS spectra and build a collection of reference data:

Learning the basics and application of LEIS as well as operation of the device, incl. software for device control and data evaluation
Development and implementation of a measurement plan, including sample selection, preparation, in-situ pretreatment to eliminate atmospheric contamination and analysis under different measurement conditions.
Data analysis, visualization and structured data storage of measurement results
Validation of results by using multiple samples and, if necessary, various LEIS devices
Ideally, preparation of a manuscript for a data-oriented scientific journal (peer-reviewed)
Expected qualification
Advanced study of materials science, Analytic chemistry, surface sciences or scientific instrumentation
Ability to learn quickly and in a structured way, to work with attention to detail, both in the laboratory and in documentation
Interest in the described task and the improvement of an innovative surface analysis method

Our offer
Intensive training of all aspects of LEIS (ideally as an internship/project work before starting the Master's thesis)
Insights into a global company in a scientific/high-tech environment
Responsibility for the project and space for your own ideas
Applications via email to:

Any questions please contact:

Dr. Thomas Grehl

Third Party Job
University of Nottingham
´Research Associate/Fellow in Surface Analysis – Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Polysaccharides
University Park Campus

School/ Department
School of Pharmacy

Job title
Research Associate/Fellow

Job family and level
Research and Teaching Level 4

About the Role
We are seeking a Research Associate/Fellow to join a project exploring the role of polysaccharides in sepsis, cancer and biogenesis through the use of world leading secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) capabilities at the University of Nottingham. This project will partner with international collaborators at the University of Colorado, University of Munster and University Medical Center Hamburg. A key role of this position will be to build these collaborations, which will include visiting these institutes and hosting visiting researchers.

The role holder will be involved in the optimisation and acquisition of SIMS data on biological samples supplied by international collaborators. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary research team at the School of Pharmacy led by Dr Andrew Hook.


About You
Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent (pending or awarded) in a chemistry/analytical chemistry/mass spectrometry or discipline relevant to the project. Past experience of working within a multidisciplinary team in an academic setting is essential. Experience with surface analysis is also essential, with a specific knowledge of SIMS analysis being highly desirable. The candidate will be required to undertake research and day-to-day management of this research project, requiring a high degree of time management and organisational skills, competence and precision in results generation and data analysis. An aptitude for critical thinking, accurate record keeping and a flexible approach to collaborative research is vital.

This full-time post (36.25 hours per week) will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 13 months. Job share arrangements may be considered.

For more information and the full job description follow this link.

Link:  Job description University of Nottingham
Third Party Job
NPL National Physical Laboratory
PhD Vacancy: Beyond the mass scale: adding molecule structure to 3D mass spectrometry imaging
Teddington, United Kingdom

Vacancy Type

Vacancy Basis
Full Time

About the Role
“Going beyond the mass scale: Exploiting state-of-the-art instrumentation to add molecular structure to 3D mass spectrometry imaging”

NPL and collaborators pioneered the revolutionary OrbiSIMS instrument. The instrument has the ability to provide 3D chemical imaging with high specificity and a depth resolution of less than 10 nm and has proven popular in a broad field of applications from organic electronics to drug discovery. A recent NPL study on OrbiSIMS metrology indicated the possibility for separation of molecules based on their shape, stability and kinetics of formation. These promising results indicate that in this manner it is possible to probe secondary features of materials, such as isomerism in organic molecules; this is an important observation as it takes a chemical analysis technique to one which has the ability to provide structural information; going beyond the mass scale.

The University of Surrey Surface Analysis Lab have been active in secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) for over thirty years using the method to unravel the complexities of interface chemistry in adhesive bonds, organic coatings on metals and fibre composite materials. During this time, the Group has collaborated extensively with industry and academia and introduced a number of novel approaches in time-of-flight SIMS (ToF-SIMS) eg methods for discrimination of similar polymeric materials in a coil coating. This project aims to understand the physics behind the phenomena that separates molecules by structure and leverage these to develop innovative methods to study molecules at the micro and nanoscale. Reference metal materials will be used for fundamental studies and organic molecules that are structural isomers will be used for the development of analytical methods. The fundamental studies will be aided by computer simulation of ion paths in electromagnetic fields. The project will make use of two SIMS systems, the standard ToF-SIMS at Surrey and the OrbiSIMS at NPL. The geographical proximity of the two sites will enable ready travel between the two.

About You
Candidates must meet Surrey graduate entry requirements which include holding at least an upper second-class degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant subject area such as physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, computer science or applied mathematics. A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline and additional research experience would be an advantage.

About Us
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK.

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

At NPL, we believe our success is a result of the diversity and talent of our people. We strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, as part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we hold memberships and accreditations to ensure we’re creating an environment where all our colleagues feel supported and welcome, please see our Diversity & Inclusion page.

We are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefits. Our values are at the heart of what we do, and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.


For more information and the full job description follow this link.

Link:  Job description NPL National Physical Laboratory
Third Party Job
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Multimodal Chemical Imaging
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Functional Atomic Force Microscopy Group, Nanomaterials Characterization Section in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences Division (CNMS), Physical Science Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will focus on multimodal chemical imaging with time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) energy and microelectronic materials.

As part of our research team, you will investigate chemical and functional properties of wide range of energy and microelectronics materials, utilizing Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s capabilities of combined time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). A particular focus of the research will be to advance and utilize combined AFM/ToF-SIMS platform to understand correlations between electronic response and chemical reactivity in novel microelectronics devices and energy materials. You will closely collaborate with experienced material scientists, and scientists on synthesis, theoretical calculations, and other characterization methods, across multiple divisions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Major Duties/Responsibilities
Conduct materials research using ToF-SIMS and AFM
Advance in situ ToF-SIMS capabilities
Collaborate with project team members within and outside Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Responsible for presenting and reporting research results and publishing scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics

Basic Qualifications
A PhD degree in materials science, physics, chemistry, or related field completed within the last 5 years
Experience in mass spectrometry in material science or related field


Preferred Qualifications
Background in ToF-SIMS and AFM
Experience in python, C++, or Matlab
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory
Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs

For more information and the full job description follow this link.

Link:  Job description Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Third Party Job
Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
Research Associate (m/w/d) in the field battery research
Founded in 1607, Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) is a research university rich in tradition. Inspired by curiosity about the unknown, we enable around 26,500 students and 5,700 employees to advance science for society. Join us in breaking new ground and writing success stories - your own and those of our university.

Support us as soon as possible in part-time (67 %) as a Research Associate (m/w/d) in the field battery research.

The position is to be filled within the project "Optimal Design for Rechargeable and Recyclable Alkaline MnO2 Batteries as Flexible Energy Storage - ORRCABATT", funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is limited until 30.09.2026 at the Institute of Physical Chemistry (group of Dr. Anja Henss) in the Department of Biology and Chemistry. The salary is in accordance with the collective labour agreement of the State of Hessen (E 13 TV-H).

Your tasks at a glance
In this project, advanced microstructural and physico-chemical analytical methods will be applied to precisely characterise electrode materials and cell components of rechargeable alkaline zinc-manganese dioxide (ZMB) batteries chemically and structurally in 2D and 3D to advance the optimisation of ZMBs. In detail, you will work on the following sub-aspects:

Carrying out analytical investigations on cell components of rechargeable alkaline zinc-manganese dioxide batteries by means of high-resolution secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy with focused ion beam (FIB-REM) and subsequent data evaluation
Conducting national and international research visits and participation in project meetings and national and international scientific conferences
Publication of results in scientific journals

Your qualifications and competences
Completed Master‘s or equivalent university degree in chemistry, physics or materials science with at least the grade “good”
Knowledge of surface analysis, electrochemistry and interfacial chemistry is desirable
Good English language skills and the will to carry out conference and measurement trips (also abroad)
Intensive scientific exchange with the scientists from the project network is required
Very well-developed communication skills and an interdisciplinary, open mindset
Very good skills of expression and writing style regarding scientific publishing

Our offer to you
Working in an internationally renowned institute that offers you attractive scientific development opportunities
A varied job with flexible working hours
Free use of local public transport (LandesTicket Hessen)
More than 100 training seminars, workshops, and e-learning opportunities per year for personal development, as well as a wide range of health and sports activities
Remuneration according to TV-H, company pension scheme, child allowance and special payments
Good compatibility of family and career (certificate "audit familiengerechte hochschule")


LU aims to employ more women in academic research.
We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply. JLU is regarded as a family-friendly university. Applicants with children are very welcome.
Applications from disabled people of equal aptitude will be given preference.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Anja Henss.


For more information and the full job description follow this link.

Link:  Job description University Giessen

IONTOF is neither responsible nor liable for any details or contents of the third party opportunites.
All corresponding communication has to be made directly with the respective employing institution.