Laser Physicist / Engineer (f/m/d)

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Join our team

European XFEL is an international non-profit company located in the Hamburg area in Germany. It operates a 3.4 km-long X-ray laser, which produces X-rays of unique quality for studies in physics, chemistry, the life sciences, materials research and other disciplines. The diverse scientific facilities at European XFEL enable scientists from across the globe to carry out a wide range of experimental techniques.

The position

Working closely with other laser specialists at EuXFEL, the candidate will:

  • gain a thorough understanding of the laser systems and sub-systems in operation as well as associated control electronics and software
  • support our continuous improvement process (CIP) by designing and implementing optical and opto-mechanical components and assemblies
  • lead liaison with industry partners
  • select, acquire and manage spare parts and assemblies
  • perform maintenance and repair of ultrashort pulse laser systems.
  • support user operation.


Bachelor or Masters degree or equivalent academic or industrial experience in photonics, laser engineering or similar. A PhD is considered an asset.

  • experience with work in laser labs, in particular with ultra-fast lasers, high power fiber and/or solid-state amplifiers and the associated measurement and characterization methods.
  • hands on experience with CAD and electronics is highly valued.
  • excellent communication and documentation skills and the ability to work in a multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary team, with English as the working language.
  • knowledge of German and work experience in a large-scale facility are considered assets.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Max Lederer ( .

Working place will be Schenefeld in the Hamburg metropolitan area. General information on working in Germany, the Hamburg area and the European XFEL can be found under

Our offer

Become part of a vibrant international and multi-cultural team of scientists, engineers, technical and administrative staff. Be involved in cutting edge scientific and technical progress, participate in our international networks, and shape your life upon trust based flexible working times and telecommuting options. Experience our atmosphere of tolerance and respect.

Salary and benefits are similar to those of public service organizations in Germany. In addition European XFEL provides a non-contributory company pension scheme, broad relocation benefits, as well as subsidized job-tickets and meals at our company restaurant. The European XFEL GmbH intends to achieve a widely international staff. Company language is English, non-German candidates hired from abroad receive an international allowance.

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This appointments are initially limited to 2 years. An extension might be possible subject to a later decision.


17 April 2023


Please apply online and provide a cover letter next to a CV in English, as well as your work certificates in one single pdf-file.

Applicants with disabilities will be given preference over other equally qualified applicants The European XFEL GmbH is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women.

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