PhD Student (f/m/diverse) Laser Design for LUXE Experiment

German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)

Hamburg, Germany

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PHD Thesis

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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.

The unique properties of the European XFEL electron beam offers the possibility to test quantum electro-dynamics (QED) in the critical field regime, never probed before. This critical field was predicted by Schwinger and can be achieved within the rest frame of the XFEL electron beam by an interaction of the electrons with a high-intensity laser pulse. The LUXE Experiment is currently starting to evaluate the feasibility of such an experiment to test strong-field QED at the European XFEL. This experiment combines interdisciplinary expertise and needs to be designed such that it is fully parasitic to standard XFEL operation. The high-intensity laser system that will interact with the electron beam is a critical component of the project. A precise characterization of the laser pulses is essential to interpret experimental data.

The position

Develop and implement novel methods to diagnose ultra-short high-intensity laser-pulsesPrecise on-target characterization of ultra-short high-intensity laser pulsesContribute to the design of a high-intensity laser system for LUXE


Master in physics (preferentially laser physics)Experience in high-intensity laser physicsSkills in scientific programming and data analysisTeamwork abilitiesPreferably, good knowledge of English

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 FHDO008/2019, also by E-Mail toDeutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY Human Resources Department | Code: FHDO008/2019 Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | 22607 Hamburg Germany Phone: +49 40 8998-3392 Deadline for applications: 2019/06/30

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Quote Reference: FHDO008/2019