Detector Innovation Fellowship

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57,200 – 63,200 EUR p.a.
02 Sep 2021
31 Oct 2021

The Cluster of Excellence “Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter (PRISMA+)” at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz addresses the basic questions about the nature of the fundamental building blocks of matter and their importance for the physics of the universe. It consists of renowned research groups that work primarily in the areas of astroparticle, high-energy and hadron physics, nuclear chemistry as well as precision physics with ultra-cold neutrons and ion traps.

One of the key initiatives of the Cluster is the PRISMA Detector Laboratory (, providing expertise and infrastructure for the development, construction and testing of state-of-the-art particle detectors, with a particular focus on tracking detectors and time-projection-chambers, photosensors, fast electronics and scintillator and fluorescence detectors.

The detector laboratory is offering a three year Detector Innovation Fellowship to pursue an independent, innovative detector research project. The successful candidate will have full access to the detector laboratory infrastructure and a hardware budget of 50’000 EUR.

We require a Ph.D. in experimental (astro-)particle, hadron or nuclear physics and significant experience with detector research and development. Salary and benefits are in accordance with German standards (TV-L E13, approx. 57,200 – 63,200 EUR p.a.).

Candidates are invited to propose an independent research project furthering detector technologies fitting to the portfolio and making use of the infrastructure of the detector laboratory. The project should have connections to the experiments pursued by the groups in PRISMA+ but also have a scope beyond a single experiment. Applications will be judged by the qualifications and potential of the candidate as well as the quality and potential impact of the research project.

Please direct any questions and your application (cover letter, CV, project description of max. 5 pages and list of three references in a single pdf file) to Uwe Oberlack and Niklaus Berger ( until October 31st 2021.

The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz aims at increasing the percentage of women in academic positions and strongly encourages women scientists to apply. The university is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from persons with disabilities.

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