Post-doctorate for the Low-Level RF Controls of the particle accelerators FLASH and European XFEL

German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)

Hamburg, Germany

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Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

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Job description:


The group MSK is responsible for the controls, feedback regulations and synchronization of the particle accelerators at DESY. We are an international team of technicians, engineers and scientists who develop, install and operate complex instruments for the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser, FLASH and the storage ring PETRA III.

About your role:

  • Further development of high precision field control of the superconducting cavities at FLASH and at the European XFEL
  • Operation and coordination of LLRF systems with the LLRF operations group, MSK
  • Quality control towards optimal operation of the LLRF system and investigations of RF trips
  • Operation analysis and further development of the field regulation and automation algorithms
  • Documentation and maintenance of the LLRF systems

About you:

  • PhD degree in Physics, Electronics or Computer Science or equivalent qualification
  • Several years’ experience in RF control of superconducting particle accelerators
  • Advanced understanding of the system architecture and operation of particle accelerators
  • Skills in automation and system control
  • Computer science skills in Linux, Python, Matlab (competence in firmware and software is a plus)
  • Strong motivation and pragmatism towards problem solving as well as highly proficient English skills

Look forward to a unique working environment on our international research campus. We attach particular importance to appreciative cooperation and the well-being of our DESY employees. Gender equality is an important aspect for us. To support work life balance we offer flexible working hours, variable part-time and job-sharing. You will benefit from our family-friendly and collegial atmosphere, our established health management and occupational pension provision. As a public employer, we offer you a secure workplace and facilitate your individual career with our comprehensive training and development opportunities. Remuneration is according to the regulations of the TV-AVH. DESY offers its employees a financial supplement for a job ticket at both locations.

We look forward to receiving your application via our application portal:

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DESY promotes the professional development of women and therefore strongly encourages women to apply for the position to be filled. In addition, severely handicapped persons with equal aptitude are given preferential consideration. The advertised positions are basically suitable for part-time employment.

You can find further information here:

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Personalabteilung | Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.

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Quote Reference: MMA081/2021