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Place of work:

Working hours:
19,5 h/week

3 February 2019

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 10/2019 (781)

The HZDR is committed to equal opportunity employment and we strongly encourage applications from qualified female candidates. We also carefully consider all applications from job candidates with severe disabilities.

Bautzner Landstraße 400
01328 Dresden

PhD Student (m/f/d), simulation of laser- and plasma-driven electron acceleration

A member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the HZDR employs about 1,100 people. The Center's focus is on interdisciplinary research in the areas energy, health, and matter.

The Institute of Radiation Physics conducts research for states of matter under extreme conditions and in very small dimensions.

As part of the Institute, the Department of Laser Particle Acceleration invites applications as PhD Student (m/f/d), simulation of laser- and plasma-driven electron acceleration.

The position will be available from 1 April 2019. The employment contract is limited to three years.


  • optimizing laser- and plasma-driven electron acceleration schemes for light source applications:
    • increase bunch charge, decrease energy spread, increase pointing stability, decrease emittance, etc.
    • engage in development of external injection schemes and other schemes to scale to higher energies
  • preparing, executing and analysing simulations of laser- and plasma-driven electron acceleration for developing analytic and heuristic models guided by simulation results and laser plasma theory
  • closely interact with the local experimental team and provide simulation/theory support for the preparation/execution/analysis of experimental campaigns
  • development and implementation of new or enhanced simulation methods for:
    • increasing the predictive capability and numerical long-term stability of simulations
    • better comparison to experiment, including error bar determination for predictions

The balance between optimizing laser- and plasma-driven electron acceleration schemes for light source applications and developing new or enhanced simulation methods required to this end depends on the candidate profile.


  • very good Diploma or Master´s degree in physics (background in Plasma Physics and/or Computitional Physics preferred)
  • experience in:
    • using simulation codes and analysis of large quantities of simulation data
    • programming (C++/Python preferred)
  • preferred experience:
    • fundamentals of laser-matter interaction at ultra-high intensities
    • laser- or plasma-driven electron acceleration and their optimization
    • staging advanced plasma-driven acceleration towards high energies
    • electron-driven light source theory such as free electron lasers
    • understanding and mastering the fundamentals of laser-matter interactions at high-intensities
    • large-scale data analysis and visualization in a HPC environment
    • knowledge in parallel programming on many-core hardware (MPI, OpenMP,...)
  • good presentation skills
  • good command of written and spoken English
  • ability for interdisciplinary teamwork

We offer:

  • high scientific professional networking as well as scientific excellence
  • internationality and diversity
  • interesting and diverse tasks, flexible working hours, salary based on the collective agreement TVöD-Bund
  • equality of opportunity and family-friendly structures, corporate health management
  • attractive work and research terms in a highly motivated team

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) by 3 February 2019 only via Online application (English / German).