Senior Laser Scientist

German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)

Hamburg, Germany

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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 expands its research on plasma-based accelerators for future applications in health, photon science, and particle physics. DESY’s group for high performance lasers is responsible for research, development and operation of the high peak-power lasers driving those novel and very compact electron accelerators. In this context, we are searching for a senior scientist with a strong background in laser science, development and engineering. The laser scientist will lead the develpment of a novel kW average power, 100 TW-class peak power laser for laser-plasma acceleration at kHz repetition rates.

The position

Lead the development of a novel kW average power laser system for laser-plasma acceleration at kHz repetition ratesDevelop novel laser architectures and concepts towards highly efficient lasers with repetition rates beyond the kHz levelDevelop feedback mechanisms to improve and stabilize important laser-parameters relevant for plasma accelerationDevelop novel techniques to characterize the ultrafast laser pulsesParticipate in laser-plasma acceleration experiments


Ph.D. in physics or equivalent qualificationSeveral years of professional experience in the fields of laser physics, classical optics, non-linear optics, numerical modelling of laser systems and laser engineeringExperience in project management and laser safetyExperience in laser development and operations in the context of an accelerator laboratory is desirableExperience from working in international collaborations is desirable

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 MMA014/2020, also by E-Mail toDeutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY Human Resources Department | Code: MMA014/2020 Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | 22607 Hamburg Germany Phone: +49 40 8998-3392 Deadline for applications: 2020/04/26

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Quote Reference: MMA014/2020