Two postdoc research associates in Particle Detector R&D and ULTRASAT

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Publish Date: 
Monday, December 21, 2020
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Monday, January 18, 2021
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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Government Agency
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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.

The Zeuthen location of DESY has a strong focus on astroparticle and particle physics (gamma-ray and neutrino astronomy, and collider particle physics). The experimental groups are accompanied by a strong astroparticle theory group. DESY Zeuthen is responsible for developing and delivering silicon-based detectors for astroparticle and particle physics experiments (e.g. ULTRASAT, ATLAS), and is actively engaged in R&D for future applications.

Detector development activities at DESY Zeuthen include R&D with monolithic active pixel sensors (MAPs), construction of modules for the ATLAS ITk endcap tracker at the LHC, and the camera for ULTRASAT, a wide-field satellite for transient UV phenomena.The post holders will join an active team of researchers whose current detector R&D activities include the development of MALTA, a charged particle sensor fabricated in a modified optical process for fast charge collection in depleted silicon; DECAL, a reconfigurable MAPs sensor for digital calorimetry; the ULTRASAT sensor, a large-area stitched back-side illuminated CMOS imager for UV astronomy, quantum sensors for tests of fundamental physics, and also spinoff applications such as dosimetry for FLASH radiotherapy at the in-house PITZ accelerator.

Both post holders will conduct detector R&D and develop expertise in the growing field of CMOS MAPs for scientific applications. One post holder will have an emphasis on the commissioning and operation of ULTRASAT sensors, and one will focus on MAPs for charged particle applications. Both posts will include a range of responsibilities, from the design, commissioning and operation of MAPs devices through to characterisation with testbeams of radiation-damaged devices.

The position

  • Active role in CMOS sensor development and testing for scientific applications
  • Opportunity for active role in the ULTRASAT CMOS camera development
  • Opportunity for silicon MAPs R&D for future particle physics applications
  • Supervise graduate students conducting detector research


  • PhD in astroparticle or particle physics with an emphasis on instrumentation or equivalent qualifications
  • Experience in collaborative scientific projects and project management
  • Good knowledge of English and the willingness to learn German
  • Willingness to travel and participate in working meetings and conferences abroad
  • Strong motivation, very good organizational skills, resilience; ability to work in teams and excellent communication skills

For further information please contact Steven Worm +49 170 6362812 (

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Applicants should also arrange for three recommendation letters to be sent to

The positions are limited to 2 years with the possibility to extend for 1 further year.
Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organisations in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned duties. Handicapped persons 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. Vacant positions at DESY are in general open to part-time-work. During each application procedure DESY will assess whether the post can be filled with part-time employees.

We are looking forward to your application via our application system: Online Application

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Code: APPO001/2020
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: 20.01.2021

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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