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Postdoc as Accelerator Physicist

DESY is seeking a Postdoc as Accelerator Physicist to work in Hamburg

  • Closing date: 20 Jan 2021
  • Germany | DESY
  • Date posted: 20 Nov 2020
  • Job type: Academic: postdoc
  • Disciplines: Mathematics & statistics  | Engineering & instrumentation

For versatile and challenging tasks in an international environment DESY is seeking dedicated employees in the field of natural sciences, engineering and also in the technical and commercial sector.

For our location in Hamburg we are seeking a Postdoc as Accelerator Physicist, Remuneration Group 14.


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 accelerator division has as its mission the design and operation of cutting-edge accelerator facilities as well as accelerator R&D. Within the Helmholtz AACLAIM project (Accelerating Science with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning) we are looking for a highly motivated physicist to work on the application of AI to PETRA IV, the planned new synchrotron radiation facility which is currently in the technical design phase.

The position

  • Develop machine learning algorithms for optimization and control of non-linear dynamics in the PETRA IV storage ring.
  • As part of the accelerator physics group, take part in the design of the PETRA IV accelerator complex.
  • Participate in experimental studies related to the application of ML methods to accelerators.


  • PhD in physics, mathematics or engineering or equivalent qualification.
  • Preferably experience in accelerator physics and technology.
  • Experience in ML and AI methods and applications.
  • Experience in one or several of the following fields: non-linear dynamics, statistics, numerical methods.
  • Good programming skills.

For further information please contact llya Agapov at

The position is limited to two years.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organizations in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned duties. Persons with disabilities 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.

Deadline for applications: until the position is filled.


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