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:

Researcher, Research associate, Scientist, Physicist - polarised electron beams from a laser plasma accelerator


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.

Accelerator research at DESY is being sustainably expanded within the framework of the Helmholtz ARD programme, which focuses on the establishment and coordination of research for future accelerators throughout Germany. DESY concentrates on conventional and plasma-based electron accelerators with applications in health, photon science, and particle physics. In this context, we are searching for a scientist to demonstrate the generation of polarised electron beams from laser plasma acceleration (LPA), one of the key prerequisites for a collider or material science applications. The successful candidate will work on the experimental realisation of this concept, entailing the design and implementation of an experimental configuration and diagnostics to generate polarised electron beams from LPAs.

The position

  • Design and development of laser-polarised gas target for LPA applications
  • Conduct numerical simulations of the LPA
  • Perform laser plasma acceleration experiments


  • PhD in Physics or equivalent qualifications
  • Experience with high power lasers and non-linear optics, or designing and operating laser plasma accelerators
  • Familiarity with numerical simulations
  • Ability to work in a team and very good English language skills

For further information please contact Kristjan Poder 040-8998-2483,

The position is limited to 2 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: MMA013/2020
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: 20/07/19