Vacancy Notice No. 103E/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)

The position will be available from 01 April 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 Master´s degree in Physics or a related subject
  • solid background in Physics, Mathematics and basic programming skills
  • labaratory skills
  • very good command of English language
  • experience with Iasers, optics, diagnostlcs or data analysis is not essential, but very welcome


The PhD project will focus on the development of the x-ray diagnostics both for x-ray scattering and absorption spectroscopy. That will involve planning of experiments and coordination with international collaborators. There will be a substantial work associated with target design. The student will be expected to design novel x-ray spectrometers and x-ray probes based on Laser Wakefield Aceeleration and nanostructured targets. The student will also get an opportunity to get involved in combining the x-ray diagnostics with Iaser proton acceleration for multi-beam experiments. The project will be primarily experimental with an option to also work on computational simulations and theory.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Katerina Falk, Mrs. Anne Varga, Tel.: +49 351 260 - 3293 or Prof. Dr. Thomas Cowan, Tel.: +49 351 260 - 2270.

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) by 1 February 2018 only via Online application (English / German).

The HZDR is committed to equal opportunity employment and we strongly encourage applications from qualified female candidates as well as qualified candidates with severe disabilities.

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