Senior Laser Engineer

2 days left

Hamburg, Germany
German TV-AVH
09 Sep 2022
09 Oct 2022

For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

Senior Laser Engineer

Unlimited | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: FSMA042/2022 | Deadline: open | 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 Laser Science and Technology Group at DESY is expanding due to an increased demand on ultrafast laser technology, which is key to a large variety of research efforts at DESY. High power, high repetition rate ultrafast lasers are essential for generating and manipulating the electron beams and for most of the science experiments at the X-Ray Free Electron Laser facilities FLASH and European XFEL. At DESY, we are operating several ultrafast laser systems 24/7 with excellent availability. Our team focuses on the development of novel ultrafast high-power laser systems covering the spectral range from ultraviolet to mid-infrared. We develop in-house laser diagnostics and controls as well as laser beam transport and focusing optics. Within this scope, we are seeking a highly-motivated, self-driven senior laser engineer to lead the laser and optomechanical engineering team.

About your role:

  • Lead the opto-mechanics and laser engineering team
  • R&D for high-power ultrafast laser systems
  • Develop laser sub-systems from prototype to fully-engineered, highly available device
  • Develop novel laser transport beamlines, relay and focusing optics
  • Develop on-line ultrafast laser diagnostics

About you:

  • Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, physics, electrical engineering or equivalent qualification
  • Experience in product development with a laser industry background
  • Experience in developing ultrafast laser systems and opto­mechanical assemblies
  • Experience with CAD, laser simulation and optics design tools and software
  • Experience in controls system integration is a plus

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 and job-sharing. 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 job ticket at both locations.

For further information please contact Dr. lngmar Hartl (

Please submit your complete application documents (letter of motivation, CV and relevant certificates) via our application portal.

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

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
Notkestraße 85
22607 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

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