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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:

Research Associate in Quantum Computing for 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.

The particle physics programme of DESY includes strong contributions to the LHC experiments at CERN, the Belle-II experiment at KEK, the ALPS-II experiment at DESY, and the preparation of future experiments, e.g. LUXE. The LUXE experiment is set to probe the unexplored frontier of quantum electrodynamics (QED) in the critical field regime using the high-energetic electron beam of the European XFEL. Quantum computers will be used for the reconstruction of the trajectories of the charged particles produced in the high-field QED interactions. The project has access to the exceptional quantum computing infrastructure at IMBQ and at Rigetti. The methods developed in this context will be generic and should find application in many areas of particle and nuclear physics, and potentially in other research areas or aspects of everyday life. The position has the possibility to contribute to one of the other particle physics activities at DESY (e.g. ATLAS).

The position

  • Formulate the problem of track reconstruction as a Hamilton function
  • Implement it in quantum computing software
  • Develop strategies to correct the intrinsic quantum computing errors
  • Simulate simplified and full detector setups
  • Evaluate the expected track reconstruction performance
  • Work as part of an international team


  • PhD in physics
  • Background in experimental particle physics
  • Strong mathematical and programming skills
  • Significant experience with advanced machine learning methods
  • Excellent knowledge of English and teamwork abilities
  • Experience with detector simulation and a strong interest in fundamental QED questions are assets

For further information please contact Prof. Beate Heinemann 040-8998-1448 ( or Dr. Federico Meloni 040-8998-3938 (

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: FHMA001/2021
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: Until Feburary, 21 2021 or until the position is filled.