Postdoctoral Researcher

The Institute of Nuclear Physics (IKP) at the Technical University of Darmstadt offers aposition for a

Postdoctoral Researcher

in the experimental group of Professor A. Obertelli. The position would run for 2 years. The anticipated starting date is February 1st, 2019.

PUMA is a starting project (01.2018) funded by the European Research Council with the objective of probing the nuclear density tail of short-lived nuclei by use of trapped antiprotons. PUMA is intended to be installed at CERN/ELENA during or after the long shutdown.

Job description:

The position will focus on the development of the PUMA Penning trap. A test setup will be built at TU Darmstadt. The objective is to store 109 H- ions, and to transport trapped ions for a few hours. The manipulation of the non-neutral plasma will involve sympathetic electron cooling together with the rotating wall technique. Destructive and non-destructive diagnostics will be implemented.

Candidate profile:

Only candidates holding a PhD degree in physics will be considered. The candidate is required to hold a PhD degree by the starting date. The candidate should have experience in developing or using Penning and in trapping techniques. She/he will be responsible for the trap development and validation. The research will take place in an international environment, with significant hardware development. Written and spoken fluent English is required. Knowledge in plasma physics, low-energy nuclear physics and/or ion optics would be assets.

The fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate. Opportunity for further qualification (habilitation) is given.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt). Part-time employment is generally possible.

For questions regarding the position please contact Professor Dr. Obertelli by e-mail ( Applicants should send a CV, a motivation letter and two contacts for reference to the Director of the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Pietralla, e-mail:

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Application deadline: December 20, 2018