Software Developer / IT Specialist for the Research Infrastructure at our PETRA at Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (Hamburg, Deutschland)

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon conducts cutting-edge international research for a changing world: Around 1,100 employees contribute to the tackling of climate change, the sustainable use of the world's coastal systems and the resource-compatible enhancement of the quality of life. From fundamental research to practical applications, the interdisciplinary research spectrum covers a unique range.

Institute of Materials Physics

The Institute of Materials Physics operates instruments on large-scale equipment for structural investigations of materials and works on the development and characterization of novel light­weight materials for high-temper­ature applications, for example in aircraft turbines and automotive engines. Hereon has a unique infrastructure for comple­mentary materials research with photons and neutrons.

Software Developer / IT Specialist for the Research Infrastructure at our PETRA III Beamlines

Reference code: 50073145_1 – 2021/WP 11
Commencement date: February 2022
Work location: Hamburg
Application deadline: January 4th, 2022

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon maintains a permanent outstation at DESY in Hamburg in order to provide synchrotron radiation to our users from academia and industry for the purpose of materials science. At the world's largest synchrotron radiation source PETRA III we jointly operate the High Energy Materials Science Beamline (HEMS, P07), the lmaging Beamline (IBL, P05) and the Nanofocus Endstation of Micro- and Nanofocus X-ray Scattering Beamline (MINAXS, P03) along with supporting laboratory instrumentation.

Each of these beamlines is a complex research instrument which relies on a centralized high-performance IT infrastructure but also on a multitude of internally developed software components. These take care of essential tasks like hardware control, data collection, user interfaces etc. In this position your responsibility will be to continuously maintain and improve the various software layers between the beamline hardware and its users. Therefore, you will contribute to ensuring the reliability of our beamlines and to further developing our cutting-edge research infrastructure.

The position will be available from February 2022 and is located in Hamburg. The contract is initially limited to 2 years and may be extended. The position can be filled part-time in principle.

Equality of opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. We would therefore strongly encourage qualified women to apply for the position.

Your tasks

  • maintain the existing and develop new software solutions essential for the everyday beamline operations
  • document new developments, train and support our scientists and users in its use
  • help beamline staff with solving IT-related technical problems
  • participate in beamline experiments to understand the requirements for new solutions in collaboration with staff and users
  • present the progress and results at workshops and conferences and contribute to scientific publications

Your profile

These qualifications are essential to fulfill the above-mentioned duties:

  • master's degree (or higher) in computer science, physics, electrical engineering, mathematics or related disciplines
  • proficiency in at least two high level programming languages (C/C++, Python etc.)
  • experience in software development and source code management tools (GitHub etc.)
  • experience in developing hardware control interfaces (e.g. cameras, detectors, sensors etc.)
  • service-oriented approach and the ability to develop user friendly interfaces
  • very good English and German language skills

These qualifications are considered assets:

  • Experience with using the TANGO controls framework
  • Experience with high-performance, parallel, or distributed computing
  • Experience with working at a synchrotron beamline (as staff or user)
  • Proficiency in the Java language

For further questions, contact Dr. Christina Krywka (

We offer you

  • multinational work environment with ca. 1,100 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits
  • free employee advice - Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • childcare offers
  • Welcome Office, guest accommodation


We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents including your CV, description of your scientific and work expertise, list of publications if existent, and copies of credentials (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.) including grades indicating the reference code no. 2021/WP 11 until January 4th, 2022.

Apply now

Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Max-Planck-Straße 1
21502 Geesthacht

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