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Helmholtz-Lund International Graduate School (HELIOS): 5 open PhD positions

HELIOS Helmholtz-Lund International Graduate School
Hamburg (DE)
German TV-AVH
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Engineering, Physics
Job Type
PhD Studentship
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

For our location at DESY in Hamburg we are seeking:

Helmholtz-Lund International Graduate School (HELIOS): 5 open PhD positions across various physics disciplines

Remuneration Group 13 | Limited: 2 + 1 years | Starting date: earliest possible | Deadline: 31.05.2023 | Full-⁠time/Part-time

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.

HELIOS is an international graduate school run by DESY, the University of Hamburg and Lund University. The school brings together expertise from different physics disciplines to prepare young scientists from diverse backgrounds for the challenges that come with next-generation instruments and data acquisition.

We are looking for talented PhD candidates, with a strong interest in instrumentation development and control.

About your role:

HELIOS currently has 5 open PhD positions located at DESY in Hamburg in the fields of

  • Nano- and Nano-bio Science
  • Particle Physics
  • Ultrafast Photon Science

We also offer:

  • Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in instrumentation development
  • Inspiring international and diverse environment with world leading, large-scale research facilities
  • Co-supervision and research visits in Hamburg and Lund
  • Excellent scientific and career development training
  • Internships at partner companies

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 publicly 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.

If you are highly motivated, have a Master degree in physics or related fields, good communication skills and the ability to work in an international and multi-disciplinary team with English as working language, then apply by visiting us at​careers/

DESY in Hamburg does not grant doctoral degrees directly but collaborates with the University of Lund and the University of Hamburg. Candidates for thesis research will have to satisfy the terms of admission for doctoral theses of the University of Lund and Hamburg. PhD students receive a monthly salary of 67% of the payment of the remuneration group 13 TVöD (Federal Government).

If you have any questions about the positions and HELIOS, then contact us at

Applications will be accepted until 31.05.2023.

 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.

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

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