Controls Software Engineer for PETRA IV fast feedback-systems

Hamburg (DE)
German TV-AVH
27 Oct 2021
31 Jan 2022

For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

Controls Software Engineer for PETRA IV fast feedback-systems

Limited: 3 years | Starting date: 01.04.2022 | ID: MMA074/2021 | Deadline: open | Full-time/Part-time

DESY, with its 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 group MSK is responsible for real-time data analysis and fast-feedback controls of beam stabilization systems, radiofrequency cavity control, special diagnostics and precision synchronization of particle accelerators at DESY. We are an international team of technicians, engineers and scientists who develop, install and operate complex instruments and embedded systems for the EuXFEL, FLASH and at the PETRA storage ring.

About your role:

  • Development of software concepts and software architecture including exception handling for fast-feedback systems of the PETRA IV project
  • Survey on software functionalities and compilation of software requirements for PETRA IV project
  • Software development and support for feedback test-stands and hardware emulators
  • Integration of C++ applications into large-scale accelerator control systems
  • Maintenance, refurbishment and upgrades of feedback servers and clients used at PETRA III

About you:

  • MSc or PhD degree in computer science, electrical engineering, physics or similar discipline
  • Excellent knowledge and professional experience in software engineering (systems analysis and software design)
  • Excellent knowledge and professional experience in modern C++ (11/14/17)
  • Excellent knowledge on hardware interfaces and programming hardware
  • Professional experience in middleware of large-scale control systems such as TANGO, EPICS or DOOCS
  • Professional experience in the software development for accelerator storage rings is advantageous
  • Good knowledge in compiling software specifications and requirements
  • Self-driven and awareness for high-quality work as well as ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Fluent in spoken and written English

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 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.

For further information please contact Martin Killenberg at +49 40 8998-3011 (

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

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