The Accelerator Physics chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers a position for a

Scientific Employee (PhD Student)

with a fixed-term contract for 3 years.

The position includes tasks mainly within the scope of scientific research on laser-driven electron acceleration in dielectric structures. Additional minor tasks include participation in teaching and the participation in public relations work.

Dielectric laser accelerators are nanostructures based on silicon or quartz glass and represent an implementation of a scalable particle accelerator on a microchip. The nano-fabrication of these structures is done by established techniques from the semiconductor industry. Besides the acceleration of electrons, these dielectric chips can also be used to generate electromagnetic radiation in various wavelength ranges.

The applicant will work in the BMBF-funded project: "Dielectric Laser Acceleration for Electron Beam Preparation (DLA-e-prep)”. The goal of the project is to develop laser-driven dielectric nanostructures for the preparation of high-energy electron beams for the improvement of the performance of Free Electron Lasers (FELs) in conventional large-scale accelerator facilities. Moreover, this project is integrated into the international ACHIP program, which aims to experimentally demonstrate an entire fully scalable electron accelerator on a microchip.

The applicant should hold a university degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics or a similar subject. Good knowledge in the field of analytical and numerical electromagnetic field computation is required. Good knowledge of spoken and written English is required. German language is an asset. Skills in the fields of particle accelerators and charged particle dynamics as well as lasers and optics are assets.

Carrying out the aforementioned tasks also serves the scientific qualification of the applicant. Opportunity to prepare a doctorate thesis is given and expected. Supervision is provided by the DLA working group leader Dr. Uwe Niedermayer or by Prof. Oliver Boine-Frankenheim (chair of accelerator physics).

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.

How to apply: Please send your detailed application with the usual documents (CV, university degree and grade records, publications…) and the job vacancy ID to the DLA working group leader Dr. Uwe Niedermayer (please send electronically as a single PDF to, Institute for Particle Acceleration and Electromagnetic Fields (TEMF), Chair of Accelerator Physics, Schlossgartenstrasse 8, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany.

Code No. 393

Published on

September 08, 2020

Application deadline

September 30, 2020