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:

IT Specialist - Computer Administration for CSSB


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 new Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB, on the DESY Campus in Hamburg combines research methods from biology, physics, chemistry and medicine. Ten different partner institutions, mainly from Northern Germany, are involved in CSSB. International research groups are now working in the new building. To maintain the interface between CSSB and DESY IT infrastructure, we are looking for an experienced and proactive specialist with strong communication skills who works well in a team and thrives in an international environment.

The position

  • User administration: Build and maintain the CSSB internal computing network and its integration into the DESY computing network infrastructure
  • Understand specifications needed to link CSSB partner computers to the respective partner's intranet and then facilitate the establishment of this link
  • Test the operation of installed systems and propose solutions for problems that arise
  • Prepare documentation and guidelines for our partner institutions
  • Support the installation and maintenance of workstation computers in our facilities, including Electron Microscopy and Advanced Light and Fluorescence Facilities in cooperation with CSSB partner institutions


  • A degree i.e. a Bachelor in the field of computer science or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
  • In-depth knowledge of networked IT structures including various networked filesystems (NFS, Samba, BeeGFS)
  • Profound knowledge of standard operating systems (incl. Windows 10, Linux and MacOS) and (web-based) applications as well as their use in distributed, heterogeneous computing network environments
  • Good written and spoken German and English
  • Knowledge of script and programming languages would be useful

For further information please contact Chris Meier, 040-428384324,

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: FSMA094/2019
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: Until the position is filled