Vacancy Notice No. 65E/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), simulation of laser- and plasma-driven electron acceleration

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 Physics and/or Computational Physics preferred)
  • experience in:
    • using simulation codes and analysis of large quantities of simulation data
    • applying analytic models and using them to understand simulation results
    • programming (C++/Python preferred)
  • preferred experience:
    • 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 Iasers
    • fundamentals of laser-matter interaction at ultra-high intensities
    • 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


  • optimizing Iaser- 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 Iaser- and plasma-driven electron acceleration
  • developing analytic and heuristic models guided by simulation results and Iaser plasma theory
  • working in close collaboration with the local experimental team
  • simulation/theory support for the preparation/execution/analysis of experimental campaigns
  • development and implemenation of new or enhanced simulation methods for
    • increasing the predictive capability & numericallong-term stability of simulations
    • better comparison to experiment, including error bar determination for predictions

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Michael Bussmann, Tel.: +49 351 260 - 2616, Dr. Alexander Debus, Tel.: +49 351 260 - 2619 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