Positions in the department of plasma physics and PHELIX

Link-Scientist (all genders) at the PHELIX facility (Ref. 21.123-1900)

Link Scientist (all genders) at the PHELIX facility

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt operates one of the leading particle accelerators for science. In the next few years, the new FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) one of the world’s largest research projects, will be built in international cooperation. GSI and FAIR offer the opportunity to work together in this international environment with a team of employees committed to ensure each day to conduct world-class science.

Since 2008, the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt is operating PHELIX, the largest laser facility in Germany, for the international scientific community. The facility is a dual front-end nanosecond and sub-picosecond laser that benefits from the world-wide unique combination of expertise in laser and heavy-ion physics located around Darmstadt. An important aspect of the success of the experimental campaigns at PHELIX relies on a close collaboration between the operation and experiment teams.


Therefore we are offering a post-doctoral position as

Link Scientist (all genders) at the PHELIX facility

Posting ID: 21.123-1900

to act as the technical link between the operation team and the experimental groups conducting their experiments, incl. technical planning and realization of the experiment with the user groups. Depending on the schedule of the facility, the duties as link scientist will concern 3 to 4 experimental campaigns per year of about 3 weeks each. Outside this core time, the applicant (all genders) will be free to carry the own research in one of the fields covered by the plasma physics departments of GSI that include short-pulse laser physics, plasma diagnostics, laser-plasma interaction and laser particle acceleration.

Complementary to the PHELIX facility, parallel computing resources are available at GSI’s green IT cube, where parallel simulations (particle-in-cell, hydrodynamic) are possible to support our experimental program.


Your Qualification:

  • a recently-completed PhD degree in experimental plasma physics or short-pulse laser physics
  • experience on short-pulse, high-energy laser development and/or high-energy laser experiments
  • a strong interest to work in an international environment and excellent team-working capability

New development ideas based on the candidate’s experience are also welcome if they meet the institute’s mid- to long-term development goals. 


We offer an initial employment contract of 3 years, starting on January 1st, 2022. The salary is based on the German civil service employees (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst - TVöD (Bund)).

GSI supports the vocational development of women. Therefore, women are especially encouraged to apply for the position.

Severely handicapped persons will be preferentially considered when equally qualified.


For further information contact: Dr. V. Bagnoud (v.bagnoud@gsi.de) or https://www.gsi.de/pp.

Further information about FAIR and GSI is available at www.gsi.de and www.fair-center.eu.


Interested candidates can send their application with a Description of the research interest and underline how this fits with the near term goals of the laser and plasma physics program of GSI with the Posting-ID21.123-1900 by 12th November 2021 by email tobewerbung(at)gsi.de


or postal delivery:

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH

Abteilung Personal

Planckstraße 1

64291 Darmstadt


Master student and PhD student positions

Internships for master students and PhD student positions are offered regularly in the department.

For the latest offers please send your resumes and a short motivation email to Dr. V. Bagnoud.