Team Leader for Instrument Electronics / Electronics Engineer

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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.

At the High-Energy-Density (HED) and the Materials Imaging and Dynamics (MID) instruments the physical properties of a variety of material states of materials are deciphered for a wide range of dense and hot conditions, which in turn will deepen our understanding of material science, astrophysical phenomena as well as the dynamic processes in dense plasmas. The instruments offers a variety of X-ray diagnostics and techniques together with powerful drivers and cutting edge ultrafast electronics and sensing.

The position

Tasks as Team Leader for Instrument Electronics

Act as team leader for electronics at the SASE2 instruments MID and HED at the European XFEL, in a team with two additional electrical technicians, this includes:

  • Work plans, including functional directives
  • Work organization and setting priorities within the framework of priorities defined at higher level
  • Development of team members
  • Performance of annual feedback talks
  • Functional supervision
  • Safety at work
  • Time management of team members
  • Support the Group Leader in various matters regarding overall group coordination, functioning, and development (e.g. in meeting organization, budget planning and new developments)

Tasks as  Electronics Engineer

  • Hardware troubleshooting: high-level hardware software troubleshooting, IT connections and Karabo devices (e.g. Basler cameras, motor controllers, or other electronic devices)
  • Implementation of new and user supplied equipment
  • Creation of “Control Requirement Documentation” and “Change Request” documents for new and existing components, respectively
  • Connection of new IT equipment. Inventorying, network registrations of components, setting up DHCP
  • Programming, e.g. writing macros for control software
  • Support of user operation


Team Leaders are requested to show and demonstrate the following skills: Self-awareness, Social Awareness and Social skills. In particular, the person should:

  • Be able to direct, inspire, motivate and lead a team towards achieving the goals and objectives of the organization
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Work well under pressure and resolve difficult problems as they arise
  • Show sensitivity and understand other perspectives
  • Use flexible and adaptable working style to build and develop effective cross-functional team work
  • Work well in a multicultural context and to interact with people of different cultural background in a constructive manner

Further requirements for the position as Electronics Engineer:

  • Education as electronics engineer or senior technician. Experience in automation is considered an asset.
  • Qualification for “Elektrofachkraft” or suitable to obtain this qualification after training (education as “electrical engineer/technician”)
  • Knowledge of software – hardware integration, for instance using Python programming or similar, is required
  • Experience with of Beckhoff and TWINCat is considered an asset
  • Knowledge about IT networks, DHCP
  • Ability to read EPLAN documentation

For additional information, please contact Ulf Zastrau ( .

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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The appointment as Electronics Engineer is permanent. The team leader function is initially limited to two years and may –subject to a later decision- be converted into a permanent role.


10 October 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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