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DESY offers challenging tasks in an international setting

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:

System Engineer for the PETRA IV Timing System

Remuneration Group E13


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.

DESY is currently in the preparation phase for the planned synchrotron light source PETRAIV. The aim of this preparation phase is to develop a technical design report. In this context, the technical concept of the timing system of this accelerator facility will be worked out and a prototype of the system will be developed.

The position

  • Planning and developing of a new timing system for the PETRAIV accelerator control system
  • Supporting the development of the hardware components relevant for the timing system and their FPGA firmware
  • Testing and documenting of the timing system during its development phase


  • University degree in electrical engineering, information technology or mechatronics or equivalent qualification
  • Well-founded specialist knowledge in the development of digital circuits for generating and controlling fast, high-frequency signals as well as advanced knowledge of measurement technology and signal processing
  • Very good knowledge and experience in programming of embedded systems, especially in the development and programming of FPGA-based circuits (mainly Xilinx) including the VHDL language
  • Experience in the project management of a technical development including the systematic recording and processing of requirements and specifications
  • Knowledge of large and complex synchronization and trigger-based systems as well as process control, especially in the area of accelerator systems, is desirable
  • Good written and spoken English

For further information please contact Dr. Reinhard Bacher at +49 40 8998 3056 (

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: MMA054/2020
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: Until the position is filled.