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Telescope engineer or scientist for CTA

Brandenburg, Germany
German TV-AVH
Posting live until
30 Jun 2023

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For our location in Zeuthen we are seeking:

Telescope engineer or scientist for CTA

Remuneration Group 13 | Limited: 5 years | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: APMA018/2023 | Deadline: 30.06.2023 | Full-time/Part-time | Remote work possible

DESY, with more than 2900 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.

We look for an engineer or scientist to work in the gamma-ray astronomy group of DESY in Zeuthen. In the next years the group focuses on constructing medium-sized telescopes for the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) at La Palma in Spain and Paranal in Chile. Our team is responsible for the telescope structures and works on all aspects of the project and quality management, the systems engineering, the mechanical/​optical design, the electronics and the software. While system design, development, and simulations are mostly done, in the construction phase we will pre-assemble the telescopes at DESY, assemble them at the observatory sites and then move to the commissioning phase to validate and analyse the first data.

About your role:

  • Development and coordination of all software related activities, or
  • Low-level software activities including general machine and process control via PLCs as well as high performance motor control systems, or
  • Systems engineering
  • Participation in on-site assembly and commissioning campaigns at Paranal and La Palma

About you:

  • Master's degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, physics, or equivalent qualification
  • For software focus, profound skills in object-oriented programming (e.g. C++, java, python) and data structures, operating systems (linux), real-time systems and process communication
  • For low-level software/​electronics focus, excellent experience in PLC or hardware programming (C/C++), firmware programming, testing of electronics components
  • For systems engineering: profound experience in this area

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, job-sharing models and participation in mobile work. 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 David Berge, or Markus Garzcarczyk,

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

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


DESY profile imageBecome a part of DESY, one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials, to biomolecular processes that are essential to life.

Why work for us
DESY is not only an employer for 2500 people from more than 65 nations, but also a magnet for more than 3000 guest researchers each year from all over the world using our unique research tools. Committed young researchers find an exciting interdisciplinary setting at DESY. We strive to achieve a balanced relationship between our work at DESY and our private lives, and we promote equal opportunity and a healthy balance between professional and family life.

Training and development
We offer young scientists an international and interdisciplinary setting for ambitious scientific projects, and we provide the appropriate training and working environment for a variety of technical and administrative professions. DESY offers a large number of internal training programmes for all career stages as well as individual talent management courses and mentoring programmes, and therefore supports the career path of every single person in our institute.

Graduate schemes
DESY covers the whole educational lifecycle of a scientist – from internships, summer-school programmes for undergraduates, bachelor and Master’s theses, graduate schools, all the way to specific fellowship programmes, young investigator groups and professorship programmes.

What we are looking for
In order to maintain our top-level position and to achieve our future scientific goals, the highest attribute that we are looking for is passion. This means that we are not only focusing on just the very best talents, but the ones combining knowledge, ambition, curiosity and dedication towards science and its surrounding areas in one personality.

Hamburg and Zeuthen, Germany

Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Beamline scientists and engineers, laser and control engineers, scientists detector development, DESY fellowships in accelerator R&D/photon science/particle physics, computer scientists, electrical engineers, software developer, and many more

Desired degree disciplines/class
From interns to trainees, from students to graduates, from PhD to postdocs, all in a wide variety of specializations

How to apply
Apply online at

Closing date
All year round

Tel +49 40 8998 3392

Company info
+49 40 8998 3392
Notkestraße 85

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