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Scientist for photocathode development and technical supervision

Hamburg (DE)
German TV-AVH
Closing date
25 Jul 2024

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Chemistry, Computing, Physics
Job Type
Research Assistant, Researcher
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

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For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

Scientist for photocathode development and technical supervision

Limited: 3 years | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: MMA036/2024 | Deadline: 25.07.2024 | Full-time/Part-time

DESY, with more than 3000 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 European XFEL is the world leading hard x-ray free electron laser facility. One task of the group MVS is to prepare and develop the photocathodes used in the photoinjector of the European XFEL to ensure continuous operation.

About your role:

  • Preparation of photocathodes for the European XFEL
  • Analysis of photocathodes before and after application
  • Design and development of new photocathodes for the application in superconducting RF structures

About you:

  • PhD degree in physics, physics technology, chemistry or equivalent qualification
  • Practical experience with UHV systems is required
  • Expertise in nano-structuring metallic surfaces is required
  • Expertise in surface analysis e.g. with AES or XPS is advantageous
  • Proficiency in the English language

Good reasons to join:

Look forward to a unique working environment on our international research campus. Respectful cooperation and the well‑being of our DESY employees are particularly important to us. 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 (up to 50 %). 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 German job ticket at both locations.

For further information please contact Dr. Lutz Lilje at +49 40 8998‑3074 (

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

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