Work package leader of the Magnetics Group for the PETRA IV project within the Accelerator Division

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For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

Work package leader of the Magnetics Group for the PETRA IV project within the Accelerator Division

Unlimited | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: MMA057/2021 | Deadline: 28.02.2022 | 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.

DESY has an exciting opportunity for the position of the work package leader of the magnetics group within the PETRA IV project and leader of the magnetics technology team within the Accelerator Division. This person will be responsible for managing the activities of this key work package that has a central role in the planned upgrade of the 2.3 km circumference hard X-ray synchrotron PETRA IV. In support of the project as well as beyond the project the responsibilities also include development of magnet technology (e.g. hybrid magnets) for future upgrades and operations of large scale and small accelerators at DESY.
We are looking for a creative and experienced scientist in the field of magnet technology with proven management skills.

About your role:

  • Responsible for managing all aspects of the Magnetics technology team
  • Responsible for the development of magnetic components, including R&D on novel concepts for high field electromagnets, permanent magnets, hybrid magnets (permanent and electro-magnet based), cryogenically cooled magnets and for keeping up-to-date with world-wide developments in magnet technology, and be proactive in ensuring DESY is state-of-the-art in the field
  • The core activities and responsibilities of the Magnetics technology team are to carry out: detailed magnetic and mechanical design, including the integration of vacuum vessels and support stands; develop specifications, procure magnets and magnetic systems; magnetic measurements, installation, operation, maintenance
  • Manage the Magnet assembly and test laboratories
  • Ensure that a variety of measuring techniques are provided: meet the requirements of the upcoming DESY projects
  • Ensure close coordination with the accelerator physics, controls, engineering, survey, power supply and vacuum groups as well as with the Photon Science Division scientists regarding future insertion devices
  • Responsible for associated budgets and planning aspects of the work package, for providing training for the Operating Team and others in the use of the magnets
  • Responsible for ensuring a quality asssurance system for magnet production
  • Ensure that all work carried out, is performed safely, with appropriate documentation (Risk Assessments and Method Statements) and in compliance with all the DESY Health and Safety procedures and policies

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.


About you:

  • PhD level or equivalent experience in an appropriate branch of physics or engineering
  • Proven track record of extensive experience in as many of the following topics as possible: design & construction of conventional and innovative resistive magnets, permanent magnet systems, design & construction of electromagnetic systems for accelerators, magnetic field calculations, magnetic measurements and analysis
  • Understanding of as many of the following topics as possible: physics and engineering of accelerator magnet systems and insertion devices, basic operation of accelerators and the influence of magnet, design and assembly errors
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written
  • Experience of line management, project management and planning, safety management and QA systems

For further information please contact Riccardo Bartolini at +49 40 8998-3311 (

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: 28.02.2022