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 Zeuthen we are seeking:

Postdoc in gamma-ray astronomy

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.

The Zeuthen location of DESY has a strong focus on astroparticle physics, particularly gamma-ray and neutrino astronomy. The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is the next generation very-high-energy gamma-ray observatory. Currently in the prototype phase, the array will include over 100 telescopes at both a northern site at La Palma and a southern site in Chile. DESY at its Zeuthen location is a lead participant in the CTA consortium. More information can be found at

VERITAS is a currently operating imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescope array located at Whipple Laboratory in southern Arizona. Located on the same site is a CTA prototype telescope that is beginning operations. More information can be found at

The position

  • Physics sensitivity studies for CTA/data analysis for VERITAS: group interests include blazar and transient studies, and dark matter searches
  • Preparation for CTA operations: performance studies, development work on high level analysis tools


  • Ph.D. in physics or astronomy or equivalent qualification
  • Good knowledge of Python and ideally C++
  • Experience with data analysis and gamma-ray reconstruction

For further information please contact Dr. Elisa Pueschel (

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. 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: APPO021/2020
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: Until the position is filled.