Universität Hamburg

Research Associate for the Project “Cluster of Excellence ‚CUI: Advanced Imaging of Matter‘- Terahertz – Acceleration and Generation” § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

2023-06-30 (Europe/Berlin)
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Institution: Cluster of Excellence “Advanced Imaging of Matter” (photon and nanosciences), Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics 
Salary level: EGR. 13 TV-L 
Start date: 01.09.2023, fixed until 31.12.2025 (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]). 
Application deadline: 30.06.2023 
Scope of work: full-time position suitable for part-time


Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties

In the project “Terahertz – Acceleration and Generation”, which is part of the DFG funded excellence cluster “Advanced Imaging (AIM)” we use short pulse high-energy laser systems to generate high-energy Terahertz pulses by optical difference frequency generation to build ultrabright relativistic electron guns and accelerators to power ultrafast electron diffractometers and compact X-ray sources for advanced imaging of matter on the atomic scale. The research associate will be responsible for development of novel Terahertz-driven photoguns and accelerators along with the associated diagnostics and take part in the applications of these devices in ultrafast electron diffraction and ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy. Team capabilities are of the essence as the work will be done within a multi-disciplinary team of accelerator and laser scientists and engineers.


A university degree in a relevant field plus doctorate.

  • PhD degree in physics or related field
  • experience in accelerator physics, ultrafast and nonlinear optics
  • excellent understanding and technical capabilities of vacuum technology and beam diagnostics
  • good programming skills (Python, Matlab, C++)
  • very good communication skills in English
  • team player

We offer

  • Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • University pensions
  • Attractive location
  • Flexible working hours
  • Work-life balance opportunities
  • Public transport pass (ProfiTicket) and much moreHealth management
  • Educational leave
  • 30 days of vacation per annum

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

Instructions for applying


Prof. Dr. Ing. Franz X. Kärtner 
+49 40 8998‑6350

Reference number 

Luruper Chaussee 149 
22761 Hamburg 
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Application deadline 

Send us your complete application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate[s] and if necessary ID attesting to your disability or proof of equivalent status) via the online application form only.

If you experience technical problems, send an email to bewerbungen@uni-hamburg.de.

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Job details

Research Associate for the Project “Cluster of Excellence ‚CUI: Advanced Imaging of Matter‘- Terahertz – Acceleration and Generation” § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG
Mittelweg 177 Hamburg, Germany
Application deadline
2023-06-30 23:59 (Europe/Berlin)
2023-06-30 23:59 (CET)
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