Nicole Seifert
Phone: +49 351 260 2083
Fax: +49 351 260 12083

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Dr. Dominik Kraus Tel.: +49 351 260 3657

Place of work:

Working hours:
19,5 h/week

23 August 2020

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 90/2020 (1011)

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) in High Energy Density Physics: "Experimental investigation of deep planetary interior conditions"

As member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the HZDR employs about 1,200 people. The Center's focus is on interdisciplinary research in the areas energy, health and matter.

The Institute of Radiation Physics invites applications as PhD Student (m/f/d) in High Energy Density Physics Experimental investigation of deep planetary interior conditions.

The position will be available as soon as possible. The employment contract is limited to three years.


  • Explore phase transitions and chemical reactions relevant to the deep interiors of giant planets such as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and a steadily increasing number of extrasolar planets

  • Design and perform experiments to benchmark equation of state models for extreme pressure and ternperature conditions

  • Work closely with theory colleagues to constrain models for planetary interiors

  • Contribute to experiments at large-scale international user facilities all over the world such as European XFEL, Linac Coherent Light Source, European Synchrotron Radiation Facilitiy, SPring-8 Angstrom Compact free electron LAser, etc.


  • Very good university degree (Diploma/Master) in Physics, Chemistry or another closely related field

  • Good knowledge of atomic and condensed matter physics

  • Good knowledge in optics and spectroscopy

  • Practical experience with lasers and/or X-ray diagnostics

  • CAD and programming skills

We offer:

  • exciting work environment on an attractive research campus

  • high scientific professional networking as well as scientific excellence

  • salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement TVöD-Bund

  • company pension scheme (VBL)

  • a good work/life balance for which we offer assistance in the shape of:

    • possibility to work part-time

    • flexible working hours

    • in-house health management

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) only via our Online-application-system.

Online application English / German