Group leader for plasma accelerator theory and simulations

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
22607, Hamburg (DE)
Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service orga­nisa­tions in Germany. Classi
October 04 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
All Industry

For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

Group leader
for plasma accelerator theory and simulations


DESY is one of the world’s leading research centres for photon science, particle and astro­particle physics as well as acce­lerator physics. More than 2400 employees work at our two loca­tions Hamburg and Zeuthen in science, techno­logy and adminis­tration.

Accelerator research at DESY is being sustainably expanded within the frame­work of the Helmholtz ARD programm, which focuses on the establ­ish­ment and coordina­tion of research for future accelera­tors through­out Germany. DESY concentrates on conven­tional and plasma-based electron accelera­tors with applica­tions in health, photon science, and particle physics. In this context, a new group for plasma accelerator theory and simulations will be established. A scientist is sought to lead this group and thus lead the theoretical plasma accelerator research efforts at DESY.

The position

  • Establishment of a new research group for theoretical and numerical plasma accelerator science
  • Solution of complex problems in the field of plasma wakefield accelera­tors leading to significant progress in this field of research
  • Technical oversight of a group of scientists as well as consulting and interdisciplinary cooperation with other accelerator, plasma, laser and data science researches
  • Planing of personnel and financial budgets
  • Conduction of an inter­nationally leading scientific work programm


  • Master in physics or engineering with Ph.D. or equivalent qualification
  • Several years of experience in the field of theoretical and numerical plasma, laser and accelerators physics as well as proof of excellent research results in this field
  • Experience in development of software for massively parallelized high-performance computers
  • High potential to lead a research group

For further information please contact Jens Osterhoff
+49 (0)40-8998-1854.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service orga­nisa­tions in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned duties. Handicapped persons will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants. DESY operates flexible work schemes. DESY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encou­ra­ges applications from women. Vacant positions at DESY are in general open to part-time work. During each application procedure DESY will assess whether the post can be filled with part-time employees.

We are looking forward to your application via our application system: Online-Application.

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Code: MMA051/2019
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | Germany
Phone: +49 (0)40 8998-3392
Deadline for applications: 2019/10/27