Research assistant as postdoc for Accelerator High Frequency Controls (LLRF)

Limited: 3 years | Start: 01.04.2022 | ID: MMA081/2021 | Application deadline: open | Full-time/part-time

The Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY with its more than 2700 employees in Hamburg and Zeuthen is one of the world’s leading research centres. Research focuses on deciphering 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 of science, society and business. With its state-of-the-art research infrastructure, its interdisciplinary research platforms and its international network, DESY has a highly attractive working environment in the scientific, technical and administrative areas as well as for the training of highly qualified junior staff.
The MSK group is responsible for the control, synchronization and feedback systems of the accelerators at DESY.
Our international team of technicians, engineers and scientists develops and operates state-of-the-art control units for the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser, FLASH and the PETRA III storage ring.

What we need your support for:
  • Further development of precision high-frequency control of normal and superconducting cavities
  • Analysis of the operation and further development of the control/automation algorithms
  • Quality assurance of high-frequency controls and tracking of faults
  • Support in the construction and commissioning of RF test stands for the CW operation of superconducting cavities
  • Documentation and maintenance of the systems
What distinguishes us:

Look forward to a unique working environment on our international research campus. We attach great importance to an appreciative cooperation and the well-being of our DESYanerinnen and DESYaner. The equality of all people is important to us. For a better compatibility of professional and private life, DESY offers flexible working hours, variable part-time work and job-sharing models. You benefit from our family-friendly and collegial atmosphere, our established health management and our company pension scheme. As a public employer, we offer you a secure job and support your individual development with our extensive training and further education offers. The remuneration is made in accordance with the regulations of the TV-AVH.

What distinguishes you:
  • Completed scientific higher education in control engineering, electrical engineering, physics or comparable discipline or equivalent skills and experience
  • Many years of professional experience in RF control of normal or superconducting accelerators
  • Very good knowledge of the construction and operation of accelerator facilities
  • Good expertise in automation and control technology of plants
  • Good knowledge of Linux, Python, firmware and software
  • High level of commitment and flexibility in solving different tasks
  • Good coordination skills
  • Very good knowledge of English

Mr. Julien Branlard will be happy to answer any technical questions you may have at 040-8998-1599 (

We look forward to receiving your application via our application portal:

DESY promotes equal opportunities and diversity. The professional development of women is particularly important to us and therefore we urge women to apply for the position to be filled. Applications from severely disabled people will be given preference if they are equally suitable.

Further information can be found at: Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY Human Resources Notkestraße 85 22607 Hamburg Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

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