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Helm­holtz-Zen­trum Dres­den-Ros­sen­dorf e.V.

With cutting-edge research in the fields of ENERGY, HEALTH and MATTER, around 1,500 employees from more than 70 nations at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) are committed to mastering the great challenges facing society today.

The Institute of Resource Ecology performs research to protect humans and the environment from hazards caused by pollutants resulting from technical processes that produce energy and raw materials.

The Department Reactor Safety is looking for a

PhD Student (f/m/d) Radiation field simulations


In the 2nd year there is the option of increasing the weekly working hours to 75%.

Working field:

  • Develop advanced methodologies for neutron transport simulation and activation analysis in far-reactor spaces, i.e. for concrete structures surrounding the reactor pressure vessel and machinery
  • Verify and validate these methodologies using measurement data from commercial nuclear power plants
  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and present results at international conferences
  • Prepare a dissertation as part of the PhD studies


  • Completed university studies (Master/Diploma) and excellent academic record in science, technology or related field
  • Strong foundational knowledge in nuclear engineering
  • Proficiency in technical computing and programming languages such as Fortran, Python, MATLAB, etc.
  • Experience with Monte Carlo codes such as MCNP and Serpent
  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team and in collaboration with interdisciplinary groups
  • Creative thinking and robust problem-solving skills

What we offer:

  • A vibrant research community in an open, diverse and international work environment
  • Scientific excellence and extensive professional networking opportunities
  • A structured PhD program with a comprehensive range of continuing education and networking opportunities - more information about the PhD program at the HZDR can be found here:
  • 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, mobile working and flexible working hours
  • Numerous company health management offerings
  • Employee discounts with well-known providers via the platform Corporate Benefits
  • An employer subsidy for the "Deutschland-Ticket Jobticket"

How to apply:

We look forward to receiving your application documents (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.), which you can submit via our online-application-system: