Group Leader High-Energy Gamma-Ray Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Friday, September 27, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, October 25, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Brandenburg / Dahme-Spreewald
Job Announcement Text: 

For our location in Zeuthen we are seeking:

Group Leader
High-Energy Gamma-Ray Astrophysics

DESY is one of the world’s leading research centres for photon science, particle and astro­particle physics as well as acce­lerator physics. More than 2,400 employees work at our two loca­tions Hamburg and Zeuthen in science, techno­logy and adminis­tration.

At its Zeuthen location in the outskirts of Berlin, DESY is a leading inter­national centre for astro­particle physics with a strong focus on ex­perimental gamma-ray and neutrino astronomy as well as theoretical astroparticle physics (

The DESY gamma-ray group is currently involved in all ground-based ima­ging atmos­pheric Cherenkov telescope systems to pursue very-high-energy gamma-ray astronomy at photon energies exceeding 100 GeV. DESY plays a major role in preparations for the future global gamma-ray observatory CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array). As host of the Science Data Management Centre of CTA, DESY will be a scientific hub of the very-high-energy gamma-ray community during the operation phase of the observatory.

The position

The DESY gamma-ray group is looking for candidates for the Young Investigator Program of the Helmholtz Association (

  • Build up and lead your own research group in multi-wavelength and/or multimessenger studies of very-high-energy astrophysical objects or processes
  • Receive at least 300,000 Euro p.a. for your group over a period of six years
  • Benefit from a world-class research infrastructure
  • Receive high-quality management training by the Helmholtz Association
  • Management academy and additional support measures
  • Tenure track option


  • Ph. D. in astronomy, astroparticle physics, or physics
  • Several years of international research experience
  • Profound observational and data-analysis expertise in a wavelength domain other than gamma rays (radio, X-rays, etc. and/or neutrinos, gravitational waves)
  • Firm interest in very-high-energy gamma-ray astronomy and science with CTA
  • Exceptional scientific record

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. David Berge +49 (0)33762-7-7291 (

Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups are generally established together with a German university partner.

The selec­tion process involves multiple stages, starting with a DESY-inter­nal procedure in spring, followed by a Helmholtz-wide selection to conclude in autumn.

The position is limited for six years with an option for a permanent po­si­tion in case of a positive Evaluation. 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: YIG/Z 2020
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | Germany
Phone: +49 (0)40 8998-3392
Deadline for applications: 2019/12/31

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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YIG/Z 2020