PhD student (f/m/diverse) Positions in Accelerator R&D

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.

Accelerator Research and Development (ARD) is a core mission of the lab. By further developing and inventing technologies for improving existing accelerator facilities and for constructing new ones, the ARD group gathers indeed accelerator building expertise to stay at the leading edge of accelerator science.

The position

Improvements of existing accelerator flagship facilities, e.g. upgrades to DESYs synchrotron radiation facilities, seeding of free-electron lasers, atto- and femto-second electron and photon beamsSuper-conducting RF technology for future accelerators and its implementation in FLASH, the European XFEL and other modern high power acceleratorsCompact accelerator technology with high accelerating fields, e.g. plasma accelerators, dielectric structures, beam or laser drivers for accelerators, cost-efficient technologiesNew accelerator facilities for R&D, photon science and particle physics, e.g. future free-electron lasers (XFEL upgrades, PETRA IV), the SINBAD facility at DESY, future colliders (e.g. FCC at CERN)


Doctoral students in the fields of physics or engineering may stay enrolled in their home university or enroll at the University of Hamburg or the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (acceptance criteria must be met)

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 MDO001/2019, also by E-Mail toDeutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY Human Resources Department | Code: MDO001/2019 Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | 22607 Hamburg Germany Phone: +49 40 8998-3392 Deadline for applications: 2019/12/31

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: MDO001/2019