Postdoc Position for Radiobiology

09.06.2023 13:28:52 | | 0 Comments

Postdoc Position at PITZ for Radiobiology

The Photo-Injector Test facility at DESY in Zeuthen (PITZ, near Berlin) focuses on the development of high brightness electron sources for Free Electron Lasers (FELs) such as the European XFEL as well as on applications of high brightness beams like the world’s first high power THz SASE FEL and unique research capabilities for tumor radiotherapy and radiation biology. This position here is allocated to FLASHlab@PITZ which is a multidisciplinary R&D platform to study and optimize the FLASH radiation therapy - the newest and very promising modality in radiation therapy against cancer. At PITZ we have the capability to study a worldwide uniquely wide parameter range of ultra-high dose rates
(UHDR) radiation with up to extremely high dose rates and super flexible choice of bunch time structures and beam manipulation (e.g. beam size and beam scanning). FLASHlab@PITZ works together with the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau (TH Wildau) as partner in close vicinity for the biological resources. Partly biochemical and biological experiments are being conducted in the laboratories of TH Wildau.

We are looking for a Postdoc with experimental and theoretical background in animal research, who will join our team for the further development of radiobiological research in cooperation with local and international partners.

About your role:


  • Work in one of the leading groups developing and testing photo injectors and their applications (in particular radiation biology, UHDR radiation and FLASH therapy) in an international team of physicists, biologists and engineers
  • Take responsibility in coordinating and performing the research on chemical, biochemical and biological effects of UHDR radiation with the PITZ electron beam primarily on animal models and its applicability for cancer radiotherapy
  • To perform experimental work by applying biochemical, molecular, cell-biological and histological methods as well as animal experiments (zebrafish embryos, mouse)
  • Develop innovative concepts, techniques and experimental setups for radiation biology experiments at PITZ
  • Join the accelerator operation especially for the irradiation of biological samples
  • Supervision and training of students
  • Acquiring third-party funds

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, variable part-time, job-sharing models and participation in mobile work. You will benefit from our family-friendly and collegial atmosphere, our established health management and occupational pension provision. As a public funded employer, we offer you a secure workplace and facilitate your individual career with our comprehensive training and development opportunities. Remuneration is according to the regulations of the TV-AVH. DESY offers its employees a financial supplement for a German job ticket at both locations.

About you:


  • Excellent university degree in biological, biophysical or biomedical sciences with PhD in natural sciences or equivalent qualification
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: animal models, animal cancer models, radiobiology, biophysics, cancer, molecular and cell biology
  • Interest in and capability of guiding small teams of students
  • Good knowledge of English is required, knowledge of German is of advantage
  • Several years animal research experience (3+ years are of advantage). FELASA A and B Certificate or equivalent

For further information please contact Anna Grebinyk at +49 33762-77304 (

Please submit your complete application documents (letter of motivation and research interests, CV, list of publications, relevant certificates and three letters of references). Please use our online tool for the submission of the letters of reference.

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