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:

Postdoctoral research associate for the project "Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe"


DESY is one of the world’s leading research centres for photon science, particle and astroparticle physics as well as accelerator physics. More than 2700 employees work at our two locations Hamburg and Zeuthen in science, technology and administration.

The Cluster of Excellence "Quantum Universe" performs research to understand mass and gravity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology. The research team includes leading scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at Universität Hamburg and DESY. Postdoctoral research associates will become members of the Quantum Universe research school (QURS) and through this receive offers for academic training, soft skills, and career planning. In addition, they will receive individual budgets, meant to enable them to attend conferences or other educational and supporting measures. Additional travel money for project-duties will be made available via the hosting research groups. Postdoctoral research associates may participate in the supervision of doctoral students, teaching at the University, and in the organization of the Cluster via an early career council.

The position

  • Study the underlying dynamics of electroweak symmetry breaking and possible connections to dark matter
  • Data analysis in final states with multiple top-quarks at the ATLAS experiment
  • Detector operation and/or algorithm development at the ATLAS experiment


  • PhD in experimental particle physics
  • Experience in data analysis
  • Teamwork abilities and very good English language skills

For further information please contact Dr. Krisztian Peters,

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the DESY human resources department (, clearly stating your name and the position identifier (FHPO017/2019).

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. 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: FHPO017/2019
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: 20/06/02