Ph.D. Position - Silicon Detector Development in Particle Physics


For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

Ph.D. Position - Silicon Detector Development in Particle Physics

Limited: 3 years | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: FHDO025/2020 | Deadline: open | Part-time

DESY, with 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.

Within the Helmholtz Innovation Pool project Tangerine (Towards Next Generation Silicon Detectors), DESY offers a Ph.D position focused on the investigation of a 65 nm CMOS imaging technology to develop the next generation of pixel sensors. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic team pushing silicon detectors to the next level. The Ph.D. project will cover the full life cycle of detector development, from Monte Carlo and TCAD simulation over sensor design studies to characterization studies of the first prototype generation.

About your role:

  • Monte Carlo and TCAD simulations of silicon detectors
  • Laboratory characterization of prototypes
  • Test beam integration and measurements

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:

  • Master in physics with excellent grades
  • Deep interest in detectors for particle physics, especially in silicon detector technology
  • Good English language skills
  • Very good teamwork, communication and presentation skills
  • Experience in simulation and detector characterization are welcome

For further information please Dr. Simon Spannagel +49-40-8998-2794 ( or Prof. Dr Ingrid Maria Gregor +49-40-8998-3032 (

Please arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the DESY human resource department (, clearly stating your name and the position identifier (FHDO025/2020).DESY in Hamburg does not grant doctoral degrees directly but collaborates with several universities. Candidates for thesis research will have to satisfy the universities terms of admission for doctoral theses.PhD students receive a monthly salary of half of the payment of the remuneration group 13 TVöD (Federal Government).

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: