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Postdoc Position for THz at PITZ

Zeuthen, Germany
German TV-AVH
Posting live until
30 Jun 2024

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For our location in Zeuthen we are seeking:

Postdoc Position for THz at PITZ

Remuneration Group 13 | Limited: 3 years | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: APPO006/2023 | Deadline: 30.06.2024 | 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 THz SASE FEL and unique research capabilities for tumor radiotherapy and radiation biology.

The position is allocated to the optimization and exploration of the THz radiation generated by the THz SASE FEL at PITZ as well as the study of THz FEL seeding options. We are looking for a postdoc with experimental and theoretical background in accelerators, who will join our team for the further development of the high-power tunable accelerator-based THz source for pump-probe experiments at the European XFEL in cooperation with local and international partners.

About your role:

  • Work in one of the leading groups developing and testing photo injectors and their applications (with focus on the further development and optimization of the high-power tunable accelerator-based THz source at PITZ)
  • Work in an international team of physicists and engineers
  • Take responsibility in coordinating, performing, and analyzing the THz source related scientific program at PITZ and its advanced diagnostics
  • Be in charge of simulation studies, data taking and analysis procedures, as well as diagnostics hardware components, e.g. THz diagnostics
  • Develop innovative concepts, techniques and applications for PITZ and other accelerator facilities
  • Join the accelerator operation

About you:

  • Excellent university degree in physics or engineering with PhD or equivalent qualification
  • Knowledge in accelerator physics and experience in accelerator techniques and beam dynamics
  • Knowledge of SASE and seeded FEL theory, simulation skills in these areas, and experience in advanced THz diagnostics (e.g. single shot EOS) are advantageous
  • Interest in and capability of guiding small teams of students, as well as working in close collaboration with engineers and technicians
  • Good knowledge of English is required, knowledge of German is of advantage

Good reasons to join:

Look forward to a unique working environment on our international research campus. We attach particular importance to appreciative cooperation and the well-being of our DESY employees. 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. 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 Mikhail Krasilnikov at +49 33762 77‑213 (

Please submit your complete application documents (letter of motivation and research interests, CV, list of publications, relevant certificates and three letters of references). Please use our online tool for the submission of the letters of reference: Additional application documents

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


DESY profile imageBecome a part of DESY, one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials, to biomolecular processes that are essential to life.

Why work for us
DESY is not only an employer for 2500 people from more than 65 nations, but also a magnet for more than 3000 guest researchers each year from all over the world using our unique research tools. Committed young researchers find an exciting interdisciplinary setting at DESY. We strive to achieve a balanced relationship between our work at DESY and our private lives, and we promote equal opportunity and a healthy balance between professional and family life.

Training and development
We offer young scientists an international and interdisciplinary setting for ambitious scientific projects, and we provide the appropriate training and working environment for a variety of technical and administrative professions. DESY offers a large number of internal training programmes for all career stages as well as individual talent management courses and mentoring programmes, and therefore supports the career path of every single person in our institute.

Graduate schemes
DESY covers the whole educational lifecycle of a scientist – from internships, summer-school programmes for undergraduates, bachelor and Master’s theses, graduate schools, all the way to specific fellowship programmes, young investigator groups and professorship programmes.

What we are looking for
In order to maintain our top-level position and to achieve our future scientific goals, the highest attribute that we are looking for is passion. This means that we are not only focusing on just the very best talents, but the ones combining knowledge, ambition, curiosity and dedication towards science and its surrounding areas in one personality.

Hamburg and Zeuthen, Germany

Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Beamline scientists and engineers, laser and control engineers, scientists detector development, DESY fellowships in accelerator R&D/photon science/particle physics, computer scientists, electrical engineers, software developer, and many more

Desired degree disciplines/class
From interns to trainees, from students to graduates, from PhD to postdocs, all in a wide variety of specializations

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round

Tel +49 40 8998 3392

Company info
+49 40 8998 3392
Notkestraße 85

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