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Accelerator Physicist

DESY is recruiting an Accelerator Physicist to join in its mission in the design and operation of cutting-edge accelerator facilities as well as accelerator R&D

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 02 Aug 2020
  • Germany | DESY
  • Date posted: 02 Jul 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Optics, lasers & photonics 

DESY, with its 2,700 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 accelerator division has as its mission the design and operation of cutting-edge accelerator facilities as well as accelerator R&D. PETRA IV is the planned new sychrotron radiation facility which is currently in the technical design phase. The goal of the project is to replace the 2.3 km long PETRA III storage ring with a new ultra-low emittance ring based on multi-bend achromat technology.

The position

  • Perform beam dynamics simulations relevant for performance evaluation and optimisation of the PETRA IV ring
  • Study the effect of errors and perform commissioning simulations to define the tolerances on the technical subsystems
  • Investigate beam stabilisation (feedback) and optics correction concepts
  • Liaise with other technical groups to ensure a consistent technically feasible design and take part in hardware specification


  • PhD in physics or engineering or equal qualification
  • Knowledge of accelerator physics and technology
  • Experience in design or operation of storage or other accelerator facilities

For further information please contact Dr Ilya Agapov (

The position is limited to 3 years.

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.

Deadline for applications: Until the position is filled.

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department
Code: MMA040/2020
Notkestrasse 85
22607 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392


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