Vacancy No. 1112/2024

Postdoctoral position in experimental astro-particle physics (KATRIN)

Job description

We’re seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to contribute their expertise to our neutrino physics research team at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). If you have a background in particle or astroparticle physics and a passion for hardware - especially detector technologies -, we invite you to be a key member in our development team for the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino experiment (KATRIN). The collaboration is currently preparing a hardware upgrade of the detector system to expand both energy range and rate capacity, and to widen the physics reach (e.g. to the search for sterile keV neutrinos).

Your role:

  • Coordinate the integration of a novel detector system based on multi-pixel silicon drift diode technology into the KATRIN beamline, in close cooperation with groups from TU Munich and Politecnico di Milano.
  • Take a leading role in the characterization of the detector system in a local test stand prior to its installation in the beamline. 
  • Mentor and guide bachelor and master students working on the detector upgrade.
Personal qualification
  • A university degree in physics and a completed doctorate are prerequisites.
  • Proven laboratory experience in working with detector technologies in clean environments.
  • Experience in working with silicon-based detectors and ultra-high-vacuum systems are regarded as assets.
  • Basic skills in data analysis for benchmarking detector performance and deriving systematic limitations.
  • A team player with the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team with members from the workshops, engineering and management.

Salary category  TV-L EG13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institute for Astroparticle Physics (IAP)

Starting date

July 1st 2024

Contract duration

limited to two years

Application up to

April 15, 2024

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dr. Markus Steidl, email:


Please compile a cover letter, curriculum vitae, university degree and PhD academic certificates (please indicate grading system if not evident) and apply. Also, please arrange for two reference letters to be included in the application or sent separately to


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 1112/2024 .
Personnel Support is provided by 

Ms Kehrer
phone: 0721 608-45415,

Kaiserstr. 12, 76131 Karlsruhe

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.
Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.