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Helm­holtz-Zen­trum Dres­den-Ros­sen­dorf e.V.

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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 HIBEF at the European XFEL in Schenefeld (Hamburg) invites applications as Laseringenieur (f/m/d). The position will be available from 1 September 2023. The employment contract is limited until 30 November 2026.

Postdoc­toral researcher (f/m/d) in the field of laser phys­ics and engin­eer­ing

Working field:

High-energy high-repetition-rate amplification has always been a pivotal development direction in laser technology. Here, THRILL plans on focusing on systems capable of delivering an energy above one kilojoule at a repetition rate of one shot per 1-to-5 minutes. The project is deliberately restricted to three enabling technologies that were estimated to require the most urgent efforts: high-energy high-repetition-rate amplification, high-energy beam transport and optical coating resilience for large optics. THRILL aims at advancing R&D to undertake these challenges by putting together the expertise of world-leading academic and industrial partners

The successful candidate (f/m/d) will be contribute to the HZDR task “compilation of a CDR –A kJ laser for dynamic compression and high-field science at EuXFEL”

The objective of this sub-task is to study the technical feasibility and possible implementation of a multi kJ laser system tailored for use at the European Free Electron Laser (EuXFEL). Higher than currently available energy per pulse is demanded by the scientific needs of the dynamic compression community, to generate relativistic plasmas and study high field QED effects. The WP aims to deliver the CDR of a dual system delivering kJ ns and/or PW sub ps pulses. The state of the art, and future developments required for the laser amplification chain architecture will be assessed based on output from other work packages, the result a special tailored blueprint should be the basis of commercialization


  • PhD degree in Optical, Laser Phys­ics or Engin­eer­ing
  • Front end strategies for gen­er­a­tion of both ns and fs pulse dur­a­tion
  • Main amp­li­fier strategies: eval­u­ation of exist­ing and future amp­li­fic­a­tion con­cepts and will design and con­sider adap­ted to EuXFEL
  • Beam trans­port and impact on issues as beam qual­ity, wave­front and dif­frac­tion for exten­ded beam paths, cor­rec­tion strategies, for short-pulse PW: optical com­pres­sion loc­a­tion strategies, and the required
  • Infra­struc­ture and facil­ity integ­ra­tion strategy for EuXFEL: dia­gnostic pack­ages for laser and user oper­a­tion, ser­vices and util­it­ies, con­trol sys­tem integ­ra­tion to EuXFEL con­trol sys­tem, require­ments on laser and radi­ation pro­tec­tion, con­cepts of laser and facil­ity main­ten­ance cycles, pre-empt­ive vs react­ive main­ten­ance and con­strains for user oper­a­tion

What we offer:

  • A vibrant research com­munity in an open, diverse and inter­na­tional work envir­on­ment
  • Sci­entific excel­lence and extens­ive pro­fes­sional net­work­ing oppor­tun­it­ies
  • Salary and social bene­fits in accord­ance with the col­lect­ive agree­ment for the pub­lic sec­tor (TVöD-Bund) includ­ing 30 days of paid hol­i­day leave, com­pany pen­sion scheme (VBL)
  • We sup­port a good work-life bal­ance with the pos­sib­il­ity of part-time employ­ment and flex­ible work­ing hours
  • Numer­ous com­pany health man­age­ment offer­ings

How to apply:

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