Lead Senior Scientist – Head of FLASH

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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.

DESY operates the Free-Electron Laser FLASH, which is one of the pioneering facilities in its field. In the next few years FLASH goes through an in depth upgrade program covering all aspects of the facility. After finishing the FLASH 2020+ project the facility will offer even more superior experimental possibilities for the international user community.

The position

DESY is seeking a lead senior scientist (W3) with the following responsibilities:

  • Leading the user operation and inhouse research activities at the Free-Electron Laser FLASH
  • Leading a scientific group active in soft X-ray FEL research fields
  • Representing the facility and research at national and international conferences
  • Fostering and enlarging the user community at FLASH
  • Contributing to the strategic development of the facility and the research centre
  • Acting on international advisory boards on behalf of DESY
  • Exploring options for third party fund raising on national and international level
  • Engagement in education and training of young scientists, engineers and technicians


  • PhD in natural sciences, preferably in physics or chemistry or equivalent
  • Long standing experience in X-ray Laser science
  • Proven track record in condensed matter physics or atomic, molecular or cluster physics
  • Long standing experience in leading scientific groups
  • Solid knowledge of the international large-scale research landscape

For further information please contact Prof. Edgar Weckert, +49-40-8998 4509 (edgar.weckert@desy.de).

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.

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Code: FSB001/2020
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: 14.12.2020

To apply for this job please visit www.desy.de.