Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)

Senior Scientist for a Permanent Position in Accelerator Physics

2024-04-15 (Europe/Berlin)
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For our location in Zeuthen we are seeking:

Senior Scientist for a Permanent Position in Accelerator Physics

Unlimited | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: MMA008/2024 | Deadline: 15.04.2024 | Full-time/Part-time

DESY, with more than 3000 employees at its two locations in Hamburg and Zeuthen, is one of the world's leading research centres. Its research focuses on decoding the structure and function of matter, from the smallest particles of the universe to the building blocks of life. In this way, DESY contributes to solving the major questions and urgent challenges facing science, society and industry. With its ultramodern research infrastructure, its interdisciplinary research platforms and its international networks, DESY offers a highly attractive working environment in the fields of science, technology and administration as well as for the education of highly qualified young scientists.

The Photo Injector Test Facility at DESY in Zeuthen (PITZ, near Berlin) focuses on the development of high brightness electron sources for Free Electron Lasers (FELs) such as FLASH and the European XFEL as well as on applications of high brightness beams like the world’s first high-power, single-pass THz‑FEL and unique research capabilities for tumor radiotherapy and radiation biology. We are looking for a senior scientist with strong theoretical and experimental background in accelerators, who will play a leading role in the further development of the research fields together with local and international cooperation partners.

About your role:

  • Work in one of the leading groups developing and testing photo injectors and their applications in an international team of physicists and engineers (e.g. development of high brightness electron sources, THz‑FEL, radiation biology)
  • Take responsibility in defining, coordinating, performing, and analyzing the scientific programs at PITZ
  • Be in charge of simulation studies, data taking and analysis procedures, as well as diagnostics hardware components
  • Develop innovative concepts, techniques and applications for PITZ and other accelerator facilities
  • Participate in shift operation and on-call service at PITZ for accelerator R&D and their applications

About you:

  • Excellent university degree in physics or engineering with PhD or equivalent qualification
  • Deep knowledge in accelerator physics and experience in accelerator techniques and beam dynamics
  • Interest in and capability of guiding small teams of PhD students and postdocs
  • Good knowledge of English is required as well as the willingness to learn German

Good reasons to join:

Look forward to a unique working environment on our international research campus. Respectful cooperation and the well-being of our DESY employees are particularly important to us. Gender equality is an important aspect for us. To support work-life balance we offer flexible working hours, variable part-time, job-sharing models and participation in mobile work (up to 50 %). You will benefit from our family-friendly and collegial atmosphere, our established health management and occupational pension provision. As a public funded employer, we offer you a secure workplace and facilitate your individual career with our comprehensive training and development opportunities. Remuneration is according to the regulations of the TV‑AVH. DESY offers its employees a financial supplement for a German job ticket at both locations.

For further information please contact Dr. Frank Stephan at +49 33762 7‑7338

Applications (in German or English) should include a detailed curriculum vitae, publication list, description and evidence of experience background and 3 names for references.

We look forward to receiving your application via our application portal:

Apply now!

DESY promotes equal opportunities and diversity. The professional development of women is very important to us and therefore we strongly encourage women to apply for the vacant position.
Applications from severely disabled persons will be given preference if they are equally qualified (

You can find further information here:

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Job details

Senior Scientist for a Permanent Position in Accelerator Physics
Platanenallee 6 Zeuthen, Germany
Application deadline
2024-04-15 23:59 (Europe/Berlin)
2024-04-15 23:59 (CET)
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