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Digital Electronics Developer (PhD) (all genders)

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Closing date
24 Aug 2024

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GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt operates one of the leading particle accelerators for science. Currently, the new FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) one of the world's largest research projects, will be built in
international cooperation. GSI and FAIR offer the opportunity to work together in this
international environment with a team of employees committed to ensure each day to conduct world-class science.


The Experiment Electronics department supports science experiments and projects at GSI/FAIR in all electronics-related tasks. Our strength is detector readout, data acquisition, data analysis, and the monitoring and control of single detectors, and complex large scale detector systems. We support scientists in planning, implementation, and application of novel technologies, including those that go beyond state-of-the-art systems.


To keep pace with the ever increasing demand of the experiments for innovative developments, we are looking for a


Digital Electronics Developer (PhD)

       (all genders)

Posting - ID: 24.87-6220



You can expect to work in a team of about 30 highly skilled and qualified people. We offer exceptional expertise in analog and digital electronics as well as a layout team that converts even the most complex circuitry into impressive PCB layouts. Our internal production chain includes a professional pick-and-place machine that allows us to fabricate for small to medium size projects.


Your tasks:


  • Research and development of digitization- and data acquisition systems for the experiment groups and partially for the accelerator
  • Independent and self-dependent development, test and advancement of measurement systems, based on state-of-the-art programmable logic (FPGA) with a special focus on the development of high precision (<10ps) time-to-digital converters (TDCs)
  • Support and assistance for our experiment groups.


Your profile:


  • A PhD in electronics, physics, information technology or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge and experience with nuclear physics experiments
  • Very good knowledge in electronics for physics measurement systems, such as digitization (ADC, TDC), data acquisition, data transport, trigger, etc.
  • Very good knowledge in digital electronics, data transport protocols and technologies, programmable logic including internal structures of FPGAs and their programming languages (e.g. VHDL)
  • Very good knowledge in electronics testing with state-of-the-art techniques, software and equipment
  • Willingness to work alone or as well as in a team on very demanding projects
  • Interest and patience to learn new methods and techniques on programmable logic or develop them yourself
  • You have the ambition to build the best system in the world, but you are also satisfied when it merely serves its purpose
  • Good knowledge of the German and English language.


We offer an interesting and challenging position in an international environment.


The salary is based on the collective agreement for public employees (TVöD Bund) effective at GSI.


GSI supports the vocational development of women. Therefore, women are especially encouraged to apply for the position.


Handicapped persons will be preferentially considered, when equally qualified.


Further information about FAIR and GSI is available at and


If you find this position interesting and challenging please send your full application documents, including the desired salary, with information of your earliest possible starting date and the posting ID 24.87-6220 to the following address at the latest until 24th of July 2024.


Via the online portal on our job site,




GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH

Abteilung Personal

Planckstraße 1

64291 Darmstadt






This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.


The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges to assure the future of our society. With more than 39,000 people on staff in 18 national research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization. The name Helmholtz stands for concerted research in which networks form the key principle behind inquiring thought and action. Concerted research is efficient and flexible.

The profile of the Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association performs cutting-edge research which contributes substantially to solving the grand challenges of science, society and industry. To succeed in meeting these responsibilities, Helmholtz concentrates its work in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, as well as Aeronautics, Space and Transport. Within each of these fields, research programs are developed by our scientists and regularly evaluated by renowned international experts. Their evaluation forms the basis for the programme-oriented funding that is allocated to Helmholtz research. Within the six research fields, Helmholtz scientists cooperate with each other and with external partners – working across disciplinary, organizational and national borders.

Promoting young academics

Helmholtz scientists, a high-performance infrastructure and modern and efficient research management are the ingredients to the Helmholtz Association‘s success and global impact.
Promoting young researchers is a major priority for the Helmholtz Association. Its qualification schemes for young researchers are geared mainly towards PhD students, postdocs and young managers. The Helmholtz Association has set high standards for its talent management. Its strategy begins with targeted recruitment of highly qualified staff at all levels, followed by comprehensive support aimed at further developing their potential. Ensuring equal opportunities is an essential element in all talent management activities undertaken by the Helmholtz Association.

The Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Research Schools at almost all Helmholtz Centres provide doctoral students with the general and specific skills and training they need, as well as ample opportunity to network with other working groups. The period following a doctorate is decisive in determining the direction and success of a scientific career. For this reason, we are about to establish Career Centers for postdoctoral researchers in the Helmholtz centres and a mentoring programme for especially gifted PostDocs in order to foster career orientation. This equips young researchers with the skills they need to go on to head a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group, for example. As a Young Investigator Group leader, junior scientists can independently set up their own group to conduct research in their specialist field.

Within its talent management strategy, the Helmholtz Association pays special attention to the increased recruitment of talented female scientists both from Germany and abroad. To this end, there are currently two funding programs supporting this policy Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)’ and ‘Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)’.

The increasing complexity of the content, structures and framework conditions of scientific work today requires researchers to organise their projects, their employees and, of course, themselves in a highly professional and effective way. In response to these demands, we have set up the Helmholtz Management Academy to provide junior leaders in science with professional management training. Furthermore, the Helmholtz network provides a platform for the alumni of the Helmholtz Management Academy and Mentoring programme to come together and share their experiences of leadership, career development and lifelong learning.

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