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Head of the DESY Computer Centre and Leading Scientist: Computer and Data Science

Hamburg, Germany
Closing date
1 Jun 2022

Job Details

For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

Head of the DESY Computer Centre and Leading Scientist in the Field of Computer and Data Science (W3 level) Unlimited | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: FHB001/2022 | Deadline: 01.06.2022 | Full-time/Part-time

DESY, with more than 2700 employees at its two locations in Hamburg and Zeuthen, is one of the world's leading research centres. Its research focuses on decoding the structure and function of matter, from the smallest particles of the universe to the building blocks of life. In this way, DESY contributes to solving the major questions and urgent challenges facing science, society and industry. With its ultramodern research infrastructure, its interdisciplinary research platforms and its international networks, DESY offers a highly attractive working environment in the fields of science, technology and administration as well as for the education of highly qualified young scientists.

Computing, data science and algorithms are key pillars of the research done at DESY. DESY is operating large data and computer centers, which serve a large community of scientists in the areas of photon science, particle physics, astroparticle physics and accelerator physics. DESY also operates large TIER centers in the international LHC Computing Grid, for the Belle II Experiment in Japan and for the photon science experiments at the PETRA III, FLASH and the European XFEL light sources. Within the Helmholtz association DESY operates the IDAF (interdisciplinary Data and Analysis Facility), a large-scale research HTC and HPC infrastructure provided for research performed in the research field “Matter” in the Helmholtz Association. The diverse scientific portfolio of DESY relies on novel data science technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and quantum computing, for the analysis of the data and the operation of the facilities. At DESY many activities are ongoing in these areas and are expected to further expand in the future.

The position will be that of the head of the computing division and a leading scientist position (W3 level) at DESY in Hamburg. A joint appointment with a university is desirable and can be explored.

About your role:

Head all aspects of the Computing Division of DESY in Hamburg

  • Shape the future of scientific computing at DESY
  • Drive the development of data science as a key scientific activity at DESY
  • Lead the continuing development of the DESY computing center into a large scale modern compute infrastructure and drive its ambition to transform into a green compute infrastructure for a more sustainable future configuration
  • Leverage the large expertise available in the central computing group and among the DESY scientists, and position DESY as a major player in the field both at the national and international level
  • Responsibility for the support and further development of all IT services for more than 8000 user accounts, incl. the support of office computing

About you:

  • A PhD in physics, computing science or in a related field
  • Demonstrated leadership experience with significant staff responsibility at an institute, division or other significant unit of an organisation
  • Excellent management and communication skills
  • Capability of working in a complex organization
  • Experience in interaction with networks at the international level are an asset

Good reasons to join:

Look forward to a unique working environment on our international research campus. We attach particular importance to appreciative cooperation and the well-being of our DESY employees. Gender equality is an important aspect for us. To support work-life balance we offer flexible working hours. As a public employer, we offer you a secure workplace and facilitate your individual career with our compre­hensive training and development opportunities. DESY offers its employees a financial supplement for a job ticket at both locations.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Beate Heinemann at +49 40 8998‑1446 (

Material to submit as part of the application: Curriculum vitae, at least three names of people who can provide a reference letter, and a personal state­ment on relevant experience, ideas and plans on computing at a major research facility (2-3 pages).

We look forward to receiving your application via our application portal.

DESY promotes equal opportunities and diversity. The professional development of women is very important to us and therefore we strongly encourage women to apply for the vacant position.

Applications from severely disabled persons will be given preference if they are equally qualified.

You can find further information here:


DESY profile imageBecome a part of DESY, one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials, to biomolecular processes that are essential to life.

Why work for us
DESY is not only an employer for 2500 people from more than 65 nations, but also a magnet for more than 3000 guest researchers each year from all over the world using our unique research tools. Committed young researchers find an exciting interdisciplinary setting at DESY. We strive to achieve a balanced relationship between our work at DESY and our private lives, and we promote equal opportunity and a healthy balance between professional and family life.

Training and development
We offer young scientists an international and interdisciplinary setting for ambitious scientific projects, and we provide the appropriate training and working environment for a variety of technical and administrative professions. DESY offers a large number of internal training programmes for all career stages as well as individual talent management courses and mentoring programmes, and therefore supports the career path of every single person in our institute.

Graduate schemes
DESY covers the whole educational lifecycle of a scientist – from internships, summer-school programmes for undergraduates, bachelor and Master’s theses, graduate schools, all the way to specific fellowship programmes, young investigator groups and professorship programmes.

What we are looking for
In order to maintain our top-level position and to achieve our future scientific goals, the highest attribute that we are looking for is passion. This means that we are not only focusing on just the very best talents, but the ones combining knowledge, ambition, curiosity and dedication towards science and its surrounding areas in one personality.

Hamburg and Zeuthen, Germany

Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Beamline scientists and engineers, laser and control engineers, scientists detector development, DESY fellowships in accelerator R&D/photon science/particle physics, computer scientists, electrical engineers, software developer, and many more

Desired degree disciplines/class
From interns to trainees, from students to graduates, from PhD to postdocs, all in a wide variety of specializations

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round

Tel +49 40 8998 3392

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