Scientist Position in electrical engineering for cutting-edge electronic developments for accelerators

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For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

Scientist Position in electrical engineering for cutting-edge electronic developments for accelerators

Limited: 3 years | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: MMA022/2021 | 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 MSK Group develops, builds and operates complex control, synchronization and feedback systems for beam control and beam diagnostics for DESY's accelerators, including FLASH, PETRA III and the European XFEL.

About your role:

  • Development and construction of a cavity-based arrival-time monitor with femtosecond temporal resolution
  • RF electronics development using latest generation high-speed ADCs based on Xilinx RFSoC
  • RF technologies and PCB designs aiming for lowest noise and drift properties
  • Programming of Ultrascale+ FPGAs, digital signal processing and development of drift-calibration algorithm in firmware
  • Construction, test and evaluation of the beam arrival-time monitor at the accelerators ARES and REGAE

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 in according to the regulations of the TV AVH.

Limited: 3 years

About you:

  • Completed scientific higher education with doctorate in electrical engineering, physics or comparable skills and experiences
  • Relevant professional experience in RF technologies and PCB designs at GHz frequencies
  • Relevant professional experience in the design of complex embedded electronics using high-speed ADCs and DACs
  • Relevant professional experience in firmware programming using modern FPGAs (Zynq Ultrascale+)
  • Strong teamwork and very good English skills
  • Knowledge of operation and controls of accelerators is an advantage

For further information please contact Holger Schlarb at +49 40-8998-4454 (

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: