Laser Scientists for Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics and Timing

German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)

Hamburg, Germany

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Scientific / postdoctoral posts

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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.

DESY’s laser science and technology group is responsible for research, development and operations of high power femtosecond and picosecond lasers related to particle accelerators and free electron lasers (FEL). DESY will be upgrading its XUV FEL facility FLASH. Ultrafast laser technology is one of the key enabling technologies for this upgrade program. It is needed both for generation and manipulation of tailored electron bunches in advanced FEL modes, such as FEL seeding and for advanced ultrafast laser – FEL XUV pump-probe experiments with wide wavelength flexibility and few femtosecond time resolution. For a R&D program to advance ultrafast laser technology required for the future FLASH XUV FEL facility, we are seeking self-driven highly motivated laser scientists.

The position

Advance ultrafast laser source technology for electron beam manipulation and pump-probe experiments at the FLASH FEL facilityResearch and Development in one of the fields: High repetition rate OPCPA technology, versatile nonlinear frequency conversion schemes to span the spectral range from VUV to THz in pump-probe experiments FEL-to-laser timing stabilization and diagnostics, energy scaling of high repetition rate, burst mode Yb-YAG pump laser technology and novel spectral broadening and pulse compression schemes for multi mJ picosecond near-infrared pulsesContribute to the technical design report of DESY’s XUV FEL upgrade


Ph.D. or Dr. degree in physics, electrical engineering or equivalent qualificationExcellent knowledge of ultrafast laser technology and nonlinear opticsProven scientific track record in ultrafast optics

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 FSMA067/2019, also by E-Mail toDeutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY Human Resources Department | Code: FSMA067/2019 Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | 22607 Hamburg Germany Phone: +49 40 8998-3392 Deadline for applications:

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Quote Reference: FSMA067/2019