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The Chair Experimental Physics I - FFN of at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy is looking for a 

research associate - postdoc (m,f,x) in software developments for 2 years, 39,83 hours per week, TVL E13

The department "FAIR Forschung NRW (FFN)" invites outstanding candidates to apply for a Postdoctoral Researcher position for experimental research focused on hadron spectroscopy at the Compressed Baryonic Matter experiment at FAIR, Darmstadt, Germany. The department FFN is a newly founded research unit that combines scientists from the Ruhr-University of Bochum and the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung to develop experiments at the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) in Darmstadt.

Support the development of the Experiment Control System (ECS) of the Compressed Baryonic Matter (CBM) experiment.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: 01.10.2024
application deadline:
22.07.2024

Your tasks:

  •  You will be supporting the development of the Experiment Control System (ECS) of the Compressed Baryonic Matter (CBM) experiment. CBM will be one of the major scientific pillars of the future Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) in Darmstadt. The goal of the CBM research program is to explore the QCD phase diagram in the region of high baryon densities using high-energy nucleus-nucleus collisions. For this purpose, CBM uses different subdetectors: tracking detectors for vertex and momentum determination in the inside, various PID detectors for particle identification and calorimeters for energy measurement at the outside. All detectors are read out in a free streaming system, generating about 1 TByte/s of data during operation. This data has to be processed online and compressed and filtered for permanent storage. The task of the ECS is to control and monitor all relevant components of the experiment (e.g. all subdetectors, DAQ, infrastructure, magnets and beam) necessary for data taking.

Your profile:

  • with a very good doctoral degree (PhD) in experimental physics in the field of particle or hadron physics or computer science
  • with experience in DAQ or experiment control systems
  • with experience in programming in C++ and python
  • with experience in working in larger software developments
  • who enjoys to work with master and PhD students and the scientific and technical staff of the institute
  • with significant experience publishing its work (shown by an appropriate publication list)
  • which enjoys working in an international team

Our offerings:

  • a qualified induction programme
  • Support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • Team-orientated cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • a friendly and collegial environment
  • employment at one of the largest universities in Germany within the University Alliance Ruhr

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews. https://www.wpr.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).
https://www.daf.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/sbgk/index.html.en

You can find information about TVL at: https://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Prof. Dr. James Ritman, Phone: +49234 32 23532

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 3467 until 22.07.2024, send by e-mail to the following address: t.stockmanns@fz-juelich.de

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