Accelerator Physicist for PETRA IV

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. PETRA IV is the planned new synchrotron 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.

About the role:

  • Take part in the design of the PETRA IV storage ring and injector complex
  • Perform beam studies at the existing PETRA III facility and contribute to preparation of commissioning and operation of PETRA IV
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. 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 according to the collective labour agreement (TV-AVH).

To be successful in this role:

  • PhD in physics or engineering or equivalent qualification
  • Knowledge of accelerator physics and technology
  • Experience in design or operation of storage rings or other accelerator facilities
  • Experience with beam dynamics software (such as mad-x, elegant, AT, opa, ocelot, etc.)
  • Ability to work in team and good communication skills

For further information please contact Ilya Agapov at

We look forward to receiving your application via our application portal (link below).

DESY promotes the professional development of women and therefore strongly encourages women to apply for the position to be filled. In addition, severely handicapped persons with equal aptitude are given preferential consideration. The advertised positions are basically suitable for part-time employment.

You can find further information here:

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Notkestraße 85
22607 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

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