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PhD positions on research with the IceCube neutrino telescope

Zeuthen, Germany
Posting live until
24 Jun 2024

For our location in Zeuthen we are seeking:

PhD positions on research with the IceCube neutrino telescope

Remuneration Group 13 | Limited: 3 years | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: APDO007/2024 | Deadline: open | 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.

IceCube is the world's largest and most sensitive neutrino telescope, located at the South Pole Station in Antarctica. DESY hosts one of the largest IceCube groups worldwide, contributing to the construction and operation of the instrument. Our science activities focus on neutrino astronomy and the studies of fundamental properties of neutrinos with IceCube. The group also plays a key role for the IceCube Upgrade, an extension of the IceCube detector with new optical sensors and calibration devices, with deployment scheduled in late 2025. The IceCube group is part of DESY's astroparticle division focused on multi-messenger astronomy with a network of groups that connect neutrino astronomy to optical/UV and gamma-ray astronomy, as well as theoretical modelling of high-energy phenomena. We are currently searching for multiple Ph.D. students, who perform research in the fields of neutrino physics or neutrino astronomy.

About your role:


  • Independent research in neutrino astronomy and/or neutrino physics
  • Analysis of IceCube data
  • Commissioning of the IceCube Upgrade sensors/ calibration devices
  • Analysis of calibration data from the IceCube Upgrade
  • Publication of achieved scientific and technical results

About you:



  • Master's degree in physics or astronomy, or equivalent qualification
  • Strong interest in neutrino astronomy and/or neutrino physics
  • Familiarity with scientific computing and modern programming languages, e.g. C++, Python
  • Proficiency in the English language, both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in teams

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 Markus Ackermann ( ) or Summer Blot ( ).

DESY in Zeuthen does not grant doctoral degrees directly but collaborates with the University of Potsdam or the Humboldt University. Candidates for thesis research will have to satisfy the terms of admission for doctoral theses of the University. PhD students receive a monthly salary of 67 % of the payment of the remuneration group 13 TVöD (Federal Government).

Please submit your complete application documents (letter of motivation, CV, publication list, university transcripts/ diplomas and two reference letters) via our application portal. 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


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