Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres

Senior Scientist as Project Leader for PETRA IV accelerator systems

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY

Hamburg, Germany

For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:
Senior Scientist as Project Leader for PETRA IV accelerator systems

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 adminis​tra​tion.

As part of DESY’s strategy for its large scale facilities, the PETRA III sto​rage ring, which is currently the world’s brightest synchrotron radiation facility in the hard X-ray range, is planned to be upgraded to PETRA IV. This new accelerator complex will provide diffrac​tion-limited X-ray beams with more than two orders of magnitude increase in brightness and coherence. To execute this large scale project, which is of central importance to the long term future of DESY, we are opening the position of a machine project leader.

The position
Reporting to the Director of the M-Division the machine project leader will be responsible for:

  • The successful delivery of the technical design report for the project
  • The recruitment and build-up of the project team for machine design, construc​tion and commissioning
  • The implement​a​tion and management of an extensive and complex research program to minimize risk for the project execution phase and to prepare the overall PETRA IV project
  • The management and coordination of the PETRA IV project upon launch of the construc​tion phase for successful on-time and within budget delivery of the project


  • A Ph.D. degree in physics or engineering or equivalent experience is required
  • A nationally and inter​nationally recognized expert in storage ring physics and general accelerator science with a proven record of successful project manage​ment experience
  • Demonstrated leadership and communication skills to manage and motivate large teams
  • Ability to make difficult decisions and handle complex situations invol​ving many stakeholders

For further information please contact Dr. Wim Leemans, +49 40 8998-2010.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organiza​tions in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifica​tions 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 encou​rages applications from women. Vacant positions at DESY are in general open to parttime-work. During each application procedure, DESY will assess whether the post can be filled with part-time employees.

We are looking forward to your application quoting the reference code preferably via our application system: Online Application.
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Code: MMA033/2019
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392
Deadline for applications: Until the position is filled www.desy.de

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: MMA033/2019