Postdoctoral research associate for the project "Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe”

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Postdoctoral research associate for the project "Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe”

Remuneration Group 13 | Limited: 2+1 years | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: FHPO005/2022 | Deadline: 30.09.2022 | Full-time/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.

The Cluster of Excellence "Quantum Universe" performs research to understand mass and gravity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology. The research team includes leading scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at Universität Hamburg and DESY. Postdoctoral research associates will become members of the Quantum Universe Research School (QURS), which provides academic and soft skills training, as well as career planning support. In addition, they will receive individual budgets to facilitate the attendance of summer schools and conferences, and to support other educational measures. Additional travel money for project-specific dulies will be provided by the hosting research groups. Postdoctoral research associates may participate in the supervision of doctoral students, teaching at the University, and in the organization of the Cluster via an early career council.

The position is granted for a period of two years, with the possibility to prolong it for another year.

About your role:

  • Study the underlying dynamics of electroweak symmetry breaking and possible connections to dark matter
  • Data analysis in final states with multiple top-quarks at the ATLAS experiment
  • Detector operation and/or algorithm development at the ATLAS experiment
  • Supervision of PhD students

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 funded 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: 2+1 years

About you:

  • PhD in experimental particle physics or related field
  • Experience in data analysis
  • Teamwork abilities
  • Very good English skills

For further information please contact Dr. Krisztian Peters at
+49 40 8998-3740 (

Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the DESY human resource department by using our online tool: Additional application documents

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: 30.09.2022