Scientist for optical synchronization

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For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

Scientist for optical synchronization

Limited: 3 years | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: MMA081/2020 | Deadline: open | Full-time/Part-time

DESY, with its more than 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 group MSK is responsible for the controls, feedback regulations and synchronization of the particle accelerators at DESY. We are an international team of technicians, engineers and scientists who develop, install and operate complex instruments for the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser, FLASH and PETRAIII.
For the planned expansion of the optical synchronization system within the FLASH2020+ project and for the improvement of the integration of the synchronization systems into the infrastructure of the FLASH and European XFEL accelerators we are looking for support for our team.

About your role:

  • Development, operation and maintenance of the femtosecond-stable optical synchronization systems of the accelerator facilities European XFEL and FLASH
  • Extension of the optical synchronization system in the frame of the FLASH2020+ project
  • Integration of the synchronization systems into the accelerator infrastructure

Good reasons to join:

Look forward to a unique working environment on our international research campus. We attach particular importance to appreciative cooperation and the well-being of our DESY employees. Gender equality is an important aspect for us. To support work life balance we offer flexible working hours, variable part-time and job-sharing. You will benefit from our family-friendly and collegial atmosphere, our established health management and occupational pension provision. As a public employer, we offer you a secure workplace and facilitate your individual career with our comprehensive training and development opportunities. Remuneration is according to the regulations of the TV-AVH. DESY offers its employees a financial supplement for a job ticket at both locations.

Limited: 3 years

About you:

  • Completed scientific higher education in physics, electrical engineering, laser engineering or comparable skills and experience, PhD is advantageous
  • Experience in analog and digital electronics
  • Experience in a high-level programming language
  • Experience with either of the following is an asset: laser physics, RF technology, control theory, VHDL, project management
  • Self-motivated, driven individual with high quality consciousness, distinct team and communication abilities
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills

For further information please contact Sebastian Schulz at +49 40-8998-1872 (

We look forward to receiving your application via our application portal:

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DESY promotes equal opportunities and diversity. The professional development of women is very important to us and therefore we strongly encourage women to apply for the vacant position. Applications from severely disabled persons will be given preference if they are equally qualified.

You can find further information here:

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Notkestraße 85
22607 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: