Post-doctorate for the Low-Level RF Controls of the particle accelerators FLASH and European XFEL


For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:  

Post-doctorate for the Low-Level RF Controls of the particle accelerators FLASH and European XFEL  

Limited: 3 years | Starting date: 01.04.2022 | ID: MMA081/2021 | 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 group MSK is responsible for the controls, feedback regulations and synchronization of the particle accelerators at DESY. We are an international team of technicians, engineers and scientists who develop, install and operate complex instruments for the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser, FLASH and the storage ring PETRA III.

About your role:

  • Further development of high precision field control of the superconducting cavities at FLASH and at the European XFEL

  • Operation and coordination of LLRF systems with the LLRF operations group, MSK

  • Quality control towards optimal operation of the LLRF system and investigations of RF trips

  • Operation analysis and further development of the field regulation and automation algorithms

  • Documentation and maintenance of the LLRF systems

About you:

  • PhD degree in Physics, Electronics or Computer Science or equivalent qualification 

  • Several years' experience in RF control of superconducting particle accelerators 

  • Advanced understanding of the system architecture and operation of particle accelerators

  • Skills in automation and system control 

  • Computer science skills in Linux, Python, Matlab (competence in firmware and software is a plus)

  • Strong motivation and pragmatism towards problem solving as well as highly proficient English skills

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.

For further information please contact Julien Branlard at +49 40 8998-1599 (

We look forward to receiving your application via our application portal.

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

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron / DESY

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Location: Germany, Hamburg
Categories: Computer Sciences, Electronics, Physics, Postdoc, Researcher,


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