Senior Scientist for a Permanent Position in Accelerator Physics

Zeuthen, Germany
03 May 2022
31 May 2022

Unlimited | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: APMA007/2022 |  
Deadline: 31.05.2022 | Full-time/Part-time

DESY, with more than 2700 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 THz SASE 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 (e.g. THz source, radiation biology and FLASH therapy) in an international team of physicists and engineers
  • 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

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

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, explanations and evidence of experience background and 3 names for references.

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.