Engineer or physicist as group leader for high-performance lasers (f/m/diverse)

German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)

Hamburg, Germany

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Executive posts

Job description:


DESY is one of the world’s leading research centres for photon science, particle and astroparticle physics as well as accelerator physics. More than 2400 employees work at our two locations Hamburg and Zeuthen in science, technology and administration.

Accelerator research at DESY is being sustainably expanded within the framework of the Helmholtz ARD programme. The Helmholtz ARD programme focuses on the establishment and coordinated research for future accelerators throughout Germany. DESY concentrates on conventional and plasma-based electron accelerators with applications for photon science, particle physics and atto-second technologies. In this context, a group for the development and construction of high-performance lasers with very high peak power of up to petawatts and high average powers of up to several tens of kilowatts will be established. For this purpose, a scientist will be sought as group leader.

The position

Establishment of a research group to investigate questions of laser science and technologySolution of complex problems in the field of lasers with high peak and average power, which lead to a visible progress in this field of researchDisiplinaric and technical superior of a group of scientists and technicians as well as consulting and interdisciplinary cooperation with other laser physicists


Master in physics or engineering with PhDSeveral years of experience in the field of laser physics and technology as well as proof of excellent research results in this fieldSeveral years of experience in leading a research groupSeveral years of experience and proof of successful project managementExperience in setting up national and international collaborationsExperience in raising third-party funds

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organisations in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned duties. Handicapped persons will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants. DESY operates flexible work schemes. DESY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women. Vacant positions at DESY are in general open to part-time-work. During each application procedure DESY will assess whether the post can be filled with part-time employees.

Please send your application quoting the reference code MMA024/2019, also by E-Mail toDeutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY Human Resources Department | Code: MMA024/2019 Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | 22607 Hamburg Germany Phone: +49 40 8998-3392 Deadline for applications:

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Quote Reference: MMA024/2019