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RWTH Aachen - Physics Institute IIIA

The Department of Physics at RWTH Aachen University offers a vibrant community of particle physicists who play leading roles in detector commissioning and operations, design and development of detector upgrades and analysis of CMS data. Our institute has, among other things, built part of the CMS drift-tube muon detectors and is engaged in the operation and upgrade of this system. There is close and frequent collaboration with other local experimental groups, including engineering. Workshop capacity for mechanics and electronics is available. RWTH Aachen University is one of Germany's leading research universities. We offer an excellent work environment in an experienced and highly motivated team, support in developing your own ideas and establishing a track record for future career development, and a reasonable travel budget to enable regular trips to CERN and to conferences to present work.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful can­di­date is expec­ted to streng­t­hen our group in the area of expe­ri­men­tal par­ti­cle phy­sics (muon detec­tion) and should take a lea­ding role in the upgrade tasks we are res­pon­si­ble for. Our insti­tute cont­ri­bu­tes in par­ti­cu­lar to the deve­lop­ment and con­struc­tion of a test stand for the new rea­dout scheme, the design and test of a new on-detec­tor ser­vice module, and age­ing tests of the DT cham­bers at CERN.


  • We are loo­king for app­li­cants with a Ph.D. in par­ti­cle phy­sics and expe­ri­ence in detec­tor deve­lop­ment and ope­ra­tion. The scope of the rese­arch inte­rest should be wit­hin the sci­en­ti­fic pro­jects of the insti­tute, in par­ti­cu­lar the upgrade of the CMS muon detec­tor sys­tem and rela­ted R&D tasks.
  • Know­ledge in elec­tro­nics, detec­tor hard­ware, rela­ted soft­ware and ope­ra­ti­ons (e.g. detec­tor con­trols, DAQ, HV, LV) is requi­red. Know­ledge of Ger­man is advan­ta­ge­ous.

What we of­fer:

The posi­tion is for 3 years with the option of exten­sion and is to be fil­led as soon as pos­si­ble. This is a full-time posi­tion.

The salary cor­re­sponds to level E13 TV-L.

RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity is cer­ti­fied as a "Family-Fri­endly Uni­ver­sity". We par­ti­cu­larly wel­come and encou­rage app­li­ca­ti­ons from women, disa­b­led per­sons and eth­nic mino­rity groups, reco­gni­zing they are under­re­pre­sen­ted across RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity. The prin­ci­ples of fair and open com­pe­ti­tion apply and appoint­ments will be made on merit.

How to ap­ply:

For further details, please contact
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hebbeker
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 80 27331
Fax: +49 (0) 241 80 22189

Dr. Markus Merschmeyer
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 80 27274
Fax: +49 (0) 241 80 22189

For further information, please visit our website at:

Please send your application by June 15, 2018 to
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hebbeker
III. Physikalisches Institut A
RWTH Aachen University
Sammelbau Physik, Sommerfeldstraße 14
D-52074 Aachen

You can also send your application via email to Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties.