Scientist as Project Leader FLASH2020

German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)

Hamburg, Germany

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Executive posts,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 operates FLASH, the world’s first free-electron laser in the VUV and soft X-ray wavelength range. Since 2005, FLASH has offered scientists from all over the world outstanding opportunities for experiments with femtosecond VUV- and soft X-rays pulses of unprecedented brilliance. To maintain and enhance the high beam quality, the operation of the accelerator is continuously improved and the dynamics of the electron beam carefully optimized. Research activities are aiming towards a substantial upgrade of FLASH, called FLASH2020+, which includes external seeding at high repetition rate as a key feature. We are seeking a highly motivated, outstanding scientist with international reputation to lead the FLASH2020+ project.

The position

Lead the FLASH2020+ projectPlay a key role in the upcoming developments and upgrades of the free-electron laser FLASHParticipate in experimental and theoretical accelerator research and developmentA key activity will be the realization of the high repetition rate seeding project


Ph.D. in physics or equivalentSeveral years of experience in accelerator physics with high national and international reputationLeadership and communication skills to manage and motivate large teamsExcellent knowledge in physics of free-electron lasers as well as knowledge in external seeding of free-electron lasersKnowledge of high power, high repetition rate laser systems is an assetAbility to represent the FLASH2020+ project on a national and international level

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 MMA060/2019, also by E-Mail toDeutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY Human Resources Department | Code: MMA060/2019 Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | 22607 Hamburg Germany Phone: +49 40 8998-3392 Deadline for applications: 2019/12/29

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Quote Reference: MMA060/2019