Job offers

Job offers

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:

Ph.D. Position - Silicon Detector Development in Particle Physics

Remuneration Group 13


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.

Within the Helmholtz Innovation Pool project Tangerine (Towards Next Generation Silicon Detectors), DESY offers a Ph.D position focused on the investigation of a 65 nm CMOS imaging technology to develop the next generation of pixel sensors. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic team pushing silicon detectors to the next level. The Ph.D. project will cover the full life cycle of detector development, from Monte Carlo and TCAD simulation over sensor design studies to characterization studies of the first prototype generation.

The position

  • Monte Carlo and TCAD simulations of silicon detectors
  • Laboratory characterization of prototypes
  • Test beam integration and measurements


  • Master in physics with excellent grades
  • Deep interest in detectors for particle physics, especially in silicon detector technology
  • Good English language skills
  • Very good teamwork, communication and presentation skills
  • Experience in simulation and detector characterization are welcome

For further information please Dr. Simon Spannagel +49-40-8998-2794 ( or Prof. Dr Ingrid Maria Gregor +49-40-8998-3032 (

Please arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the DESY human resource department (, clearly stating your name and the position identifier (FHDO025/2020).

DESY in Hamburg does not grant doctoral degrees directly but collaborates with several universities. Candidates for thesis research will have to satisfy the universities terms of admission for doctoral theses.

PhD students receive a monthly salary of half of the payment of the remuneration group 13 TVöD (Federal Government).

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. Persons with disabilities 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.

We are looking forward to your application via our application system:
Online Application
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Code: FHDO025/2020
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: Until the position is filled.