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:

Postdoc research associate in theoretical particle physics


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 DESY theory group pursues a vigorous research programme in the investigation of the fundamental interactions of nature and the fabric of matter, space and time. Research topics include collider phenomenology,
particle cosmology and string theory.

The position

  • Research on particle physics of the early universe and cosmology at an internationally competitive level
  • Theoretical research on stochastic backgrounds of Gravitational Waves originating from the early universe
  • Participation in the research activities of the DESY theory group and the Cluster of Excellence "Quantum Universe"


  • Ph.D. in physics after 2015
  • Excellent research record and international reputation in the area of particle physics of the early universe, cosmology and gravitational waves
  • Team ability and very good English language skills

For further information please contact Geraldine Servant 040-8998-1484.

Applications should include a statement of research interests, CV, list of publications, as well as the names of three referees who will send letters of recommendation to When applying via our online portal, please select the position with job ID FHPO005/2020.

The position is limited to 2 years with possibility for a 3rd-year extension.

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: FHPO005/2020
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: 20/07/15