Prof. Christoph Bostedt

Prof. Bostedt is holding a joint appointment of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI). At EPFL he is leading the Laboratory for Ultrafast X-ray Sciences. At PSI he is heading the Laboratory for Synchrotron Radiation and Femtochemistry (LSF) which includes four beamlines at the Swiss Light Source and the Alvra Endstation at SwissFEL. In addition, he is involved in the Athos project with a focus on the upcoming endstation for atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics and non-linear x-ray sciences. Christoph moved to Switzerland in April 2018 from Argonne National Laboratory where he led the AMO research group and held a faculty coappointment at Northwestern University. Prior, he was a senior staff scientist at SLAC National Laboratory at the AMO instrument of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) and also holding a research affiliation at the Stanford Pulse Institute, and a senior scientist at the Technical University Berlin. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg based on research work at Lawrence Livermore and Berkeley National Laboratories. Christoph’s research interests revolve around single-shot imaging of nanometer sized samples and novel spectroscopy approaches at free-electron lasers. He is a fellow of the American Physial Society and recipient of the Röntgen Prize of the University of Giessen.


Previous Positions

2015 – 2018 .  Argonne National Laboratory –  AMO Physics Group leader; Northwestern University, Physics Department – faculty co-appointment

2009 – 2015 .  SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Linac Coherent Light Source – AMO Instrument Scientist; Stanford Pulse Institute – Researcher

2004-2009 .  Technische Universitat Berlin, Inst. for Optics and Atomic Physics – Group Leader (”Habilitation Position”)

2003 – 2004 .  Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron DESY, Photon Science Division – Postdoctoral Researcher

2002 – 2003 .  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Chemical and Materials Science Division – Postdoctoral Researcher

1998 – 2002 .  Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories – Visiting Scientist / Graduate Student Employee



1998-2002 .  Universität Hamburg, Dept. of Physics, Germany, Dr. rer. nat. (2002)

1994-1997 .  Universität Hamburg, Dept. of Physics, Germany, Diplom-Physiker (1997)

1992-1994 .  Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Dept. of Physics, Germany, Vordiplom (1994)


Awards and Honors

2018 .  Fellow of the American Physical Society

2012 .  Röntgen-Award of the Justus-Liebig Universitat Giessen

2001 .  Materials Research Society Graduate Student Silver Award

1998-1999 .  Graduate Student Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service DAAD


Professional Activities

2018 .  Ultrafast Dynamic Imaging of Matter Conference, Program Committee

2017 .  Joint Symposium “Free-Electron Lasers and Applications CLEO Europe/EQEC 2017, Organizer and Chair,

2016-present .  User Executive Committee (2017/18 Chair), LCLS Free-Electron Laser, SLAC, Stanford

2016 – present .  Instrument Design Review Panel for LCLS-II

2014-present . Proposal Review Panel, FLASH Free-Electron Laser, DESY, Hamburg (Germany)

Reviewer for various journals and funding agencies

Member of the Swiss Chemical Society and American Physical Society