Vacancy Notice No. 63E/2017

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. All research is conducted in close collaboration with other members of the Helmholtz Association as well as with universities, non-university affiliated research institutes, and industry.

For additional information please visit: https://www.hzdr.de.

The Institute of Radiation Physics invites applications as

PhD Student (m/f), synthetic diagnostics for laser-plasma interaction simulations

The position will be available from 1 January 2018. The employment contract is limited to three years. The regular weekly working time will be 19.5 hours. The salary is based on the collective agreement TVöD-Bund. The place of work is Dresden-Rossendorf.


  • very good diploma or master´s degree in Physics (background in Plasma, Atomic and/or Computational Physics preferred)
  • experience in:
    • using simulation codes and analysis of large quantities of simulation data
    • programming (C++/Python preferred)
  • experience in at least one of these subjects:
    • detector physics, laser-matter interaction, atomic physics
  • preferred experience:
    • radiation generation and transport in plasmas
    • atomic processes in plasmas
    • radiation reaction, synchrotron radiation, bremsstrahlung and related effects
    • Detector Simulations (Geant4, FLUKA or similar) & Monte Carlo simulations
    • usage of simulation codes on high performance compute systems
    • knowledge in parallel programming on many-core hardware (MPI , OpenMP, ... )
    • large-scale data analysis and visualization in an HPC environment


  • understanding and mastering the fundamentals of laser-matter interaction at high intensities:
    • generation of radiation, e.g. atomic transitions, HHG, CTR, Cherenkov, Thomson scattering, etc.
    • generation of secondary particles due to ionization, bremsstrahlung, fusion, fission, etc.
  • utilizing radiation and particles created and emitted during Iaser matter interaction as diagnostics:
    • correlating fundamental plasma parameters of interest to quantities measurable in experiment
    • defining sensitive methods of detecting primary and secondary partciles and radiation
    • creating synthetic diagnostic methods that closely resemble diagnostics usable in experiment
    • include imperfections of diagnostic tools (sensitivity, detection range, measurement errors, etc.)
  • develop and implement a general workflow approach to include synthetic diagnostics in simulations
  • develop and implement examples of synthetic diagnostics relevant to experiments and applications

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Michael Bussmann, Tel.: +49 351 260 - 2616 or Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schramm, Tel.: +49 351 260 - 2471.

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) by 30 September 2017 only via Online application (English / German).

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.

Zertifikat Audit Beruf und FamilieHelmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
Personnel Department
Bautzner Landstraße 400
01328 Dresden