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Detector Laboratory of Cluster of Excellence / Cluster of Excellence 1098  at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Physics Engineer

full-time (100%)

The Cluster of Excellence PRISMA+ ( investigates the fundamental building blocks of matter and their significance for the physics of the Universe. The participating research groups work in an international environment in the fields of astroparticle, particle and hadron physics as well as nuclear chemistry and precision physics with cold neutrons and ion and atom traps. The task of the Detector Laboratory is to support the experimental developments in the context of PRISMA+ by realizing detector hardware and electronics as well as by exploiting new technologies. The Detector Laboratory comprises four main areas: electronics, photon detectors, TPC and tracking detectors, and scintillation detectors.

Your tasks:

Working closely with the other members of the team, you will

  • develop novel detector systems, in particular the mechanical composition and structure and specially adapted manufacturing methods
  • prepare 3-D CAD (Computer-Aided Design) drawings und perform simulations
  • coordinate the production of construction elements and set up test procedures
  • Further development of apparatuses and their accessories
  • purchase, operate, modify if necessary, and document technical equipment
  • introduce users of the Detector Laboratory to the operation of devices and safety aspects, and offer training courses on an occasional basis

Your profile:

Candidates are expected to have a degree (e.g. Bachelor or Master) in Physical Engineering, or equivalent qualifications, and a very good knowledge of

  • CAD construction and drawing
  • properties, applicability and handling of materials
  • the application of gluing and vacuum techniques
  • detector and sensor technologies
  • German and English, including technical language

Experience with FEM (Finite Element Method) simulations is advantageous. It is pointed out that the classification according to EG 12 TV-L requires at least three years of practical work experience. Otherwise, classification is carried out according to EG 11 TV-L until the three years have been reached.

What we have to offer:

A self-dependent and multifaceted job with direct applications in cutting-edge research projects. In addition, we offer opportunities for continued education and professional development. A challenging and versatile task in a qualified team. We offer you comprehensive additional services, such as the payment of an annual special payment, participation in the supplementary pension scheme in the public sector via the VBL, the possibility of purchasing a job ticket and extensive personnel development offers.


The position is paid according to EG 12 TV-L and to be filled immediately. The position is permanent.


JGU is diverse and welcomes qualified applications from people with varied backgrounds.


Applications from older candidates are welcome.


We aim to increase the number of women in the technical field and therefore encourage female candidates to apply.


Candidates with severe disabilities and appropriate qualifications will be given priority.


Are you ready for a new challenge and interested in this varied and responsible position? Then submit your complete application, preferably via the „Apply now“ until March 6th, 2022 button.


For questions and further information please contact Quirin Weitzel by phone 06131/39-27418 or e-mail:


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