For versatile and challenging tasks in an international environment DESY is seeking dedicated employees in the field of natural sciences, engineering and also in the technical and commercial sector.

For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

PhD Student for Polarimetry of Laser Plasma Electron Beams


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 FLC group shapes the physics case and develops detector technologies and concepts for future particle collider experiments. Compact plasma-based accelerators with their extremely high acceleration gradients could revolutionize accelerator applications from radiation facilities via light sources to future particle colliders. In order to demonstrate the generation of polarised electron beams from laser plasma acceleration (LPA) as one of the key prerequisites for collider and material science applications, this project targets the development of an electron polarimeter to diagnose beams from a novel LPA source of polarised beams.

The position

  • Design of a novel polarimeter for LPA generated electron beams
  • Experimental implementation of the polarimeter design
  • Measurement of the polarisation degree of LPA generated electron beams


  • Master in experimental physics
  • Advanced knowledge in particle detectors and/or accelerator physics
  • Experience in programming (C++, python, ... ) and hands-on laboratory work
  • Team ability and very good English language skills

For further information please contact Dr. Jenny List +49-40-8998-3681 (

The position is limited to 3 years.

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.

We are looking forward to your application via our application system:
Online Application
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Code: FHDO004/2020
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: 20/07/12