Scientist for photocathode development

German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)

Hamburg, Germany

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Scientific / postdoctoral posts

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DESY, with its 2700 employees at its two locations in Hamburg and Zeuthen, is one of the world’s leading research centres. Its research focuses on decoding the structure and function of matter, from the smallest particles of the universe to the building blocks of life. In this way, DESY contributes to solving the major questions and urgent challenges facing science, society and industry. With its ultramodern research infrastructure, its interdisciplinary research platforms and its international networks, DESY offers a highly attractive working environment in the fields of science, technology and administration as well as for the education of highly qualified young scientists.

The European XFEL is the world leading hard x-ray free electron laser installation. One task of the group MVS is to prepare and improve the photocathodes operated in the photoinjector of the European XFEL to ensure continuous operation.

The position

Preparation of photocathodes for the European XFELAnalysis of photocathodes after preparation and after operationImprovement of existing preparation techniquesDesign, set-up and commissioning of new photocathode preparations and analysis systems


PhD degree in Physics, Physics Technology, Chemistry or equivalent qualificationPractical experience with UHV systems is required Expertise in PVD techniques is requiredExpertise in surface analysis e.g. with AES or XPS is requiredExperience in preparation and characterization of photocathodes are advantageous

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 MMA034/2020, also by E-Mail toDeutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY Human Resources Department | Code: MMA034/2020 Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | 22607 Hamburg Germany Phone: +49 40 8998-3392 Deadline for applications: 2020/07/26

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Quote Reference: MMA034/2020