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Director of Research for Particle Physics

DESY is looking to recruit a Director of Research for Particle Physics

  • Closing date: 22 Mar 2021
  • Germany | DESY
  • Date posted: 03 Feb 2021
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Engineering & instrumentation

DESY, with its 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 activities of DESY in particle physics comprise a vibrant experimental programme including participation in the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, the Belle II experiment at SuperKEKB, local experimental activities in dark matter searches, and a strong involvement in developments of detector technologies for future projects in particle physics. DESY hosts a world leading group in theoretical particle physics focused on phenomenology, lattice gauge theory, string theory, and cosmology. DESY also operates one of the largest computing centres for particle physics, astroparticle physics, and photon science. DESY is currently engaged in an international search process for the Director of Research for Particle Physics.

The position

The Director of Research for Particle Physics:

  • is head of the particle physics division and as member of the board of directors responsible for the development of the lab as whole.
  • plays a leading role in shaping the future of particle physics at DESY including the cooperation with other research areas.
  • is responsible for representing the field of particle physics in the Helmholtz Association and for coordinating DESY‘s contribution to international projects in particle physics as well as representing DESY in international networks and/or organisations.
  • is expected to take over responsibility for infrastructure service groups.


  • Outstanding research record, international stature, and a broad spectrum of interest in particle physics as well as in accelerator-based science.
  • Long-standing experience in providing leadership of people and larger scientific groups.
  • Proven scientific leadership and excellent managing skills.
  • Sound knowledge of the international research landscape.

For further information please contact Dr Rafael Abela (Chairman of the Search Committee) email:

The appointment is for a period of maximum five years. Reappointment is possible. The position is compensated at an international level in accordance with the W3 salary system in Germany which includes the option of performance-related payments.

DESY operates flexible work schemes. DESY‘s goal is to promote more women into leadership positions. Applications from women will therefore be explicitly welcomed. Persons with disabilities will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants.

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We are looking forward to your application via our application system:

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Particle Physics Search Committee
c/o Human Resources Department | Code: FHDIR/2021
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany | Phone: +49 40 8998-3392
Deadline for applications: 22 March 2021


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