Postdoc CTA MST Control Software Development and Telescope Commissioning

German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)

Zeuthen, Berlin, Germany

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Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

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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.

CTA, the Cherenkov Telescope Array, will be the next-generation facility for high-energy gamma-ray astronomy, consisting of about 100 telescopes of different sizes in the northern and southern hemisphere. Among other projects, DESY has the responsibility for the design, construction and deployment of the Medium Size Telescope (MST) structures.

The position

Design, test and implement telescope control softwareSupport the commissioning and performance verification of the first telescopes on the observatory siteAnalysis of gamma-ray telescope data


PhD in physics or astronomyExperience with the operation of telescopes / detectors and the development of software for readout, control and/or monitoringlnterest in software design, development and managementKnowledge of 00 programming (C++ or Java) and scripting languages (ideally python)Experience in astroparticle-physics and data analysisFluent in 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 APPO006/2019, also by E-Mail toDeutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY Human Resources Department | Code: APPO006/2019 Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | 22607 Hamburg Germany Phone: +49 40 8998-3392 Deadline for applications:

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Quote Reference: APPO006/2019