Vacancy No. 214/2024

Postdoc (f/m/d) CMS High Granularity Calorimeter

The Institute for Data Processing and Electronics (IPE) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is seeking a Research Scientist to contribute to the CMS experiment at the LHC. The CMS group at IPE is involved in various activities towards the Phase 2 upgrade of the CMS detector, with particular emphasis on DAQ and trigger based on the Serenity FPGA platform for the Tracker and the High Granularity Calorimeter (HGCAL). The group is currently expanding its activities on the HGCAL, spanning the full readout chain from the front-end of the scintillator part of the HGCAL to the back-end system. It is commissioning a test stand for the front-end electronics of the scintillator part of HGCAL and is working towards system validation tasks and beam tests of the full read-out chain.

Job description

You will strengthen the group’s activities, and will play a pivotal role in the development and testing of the read-out chain for the CMS HGCAL. You will be integrated into a growing team of physicists and electrical engineers and will be expected to coordinate student work, and to represent the group at other institutions such as CERN and DESY. Furthermore, you will support QC tests of front-end electronics for HGCAL.

Personal qualification

The required qualifications include the following:

  • Experience with modern particle detectors and data analysis techniques
  • Hands-on experience in detector testing both in beam tests and in laboratory settings
  • Experience with FPGA firmware development or software development for detector applications.
  • Previous involvement in large scientific collaboration, CMS@CERN

Additional preferred qualifications include the following topics:

  • Strong analytical skills as applied to solving problems
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team of physicists, electronics engineers, and students.
  • Interest in low-latency machine learning implementation on embedded systems
  • Knowledge of high-speed optical links
  • Experience with CMSSW is welcome.

You must hold a Ph.D. in physics, electrical engineering, or in a related field such as applied computer science even without experience in high-energy physics.


Salary category 13 TV-L, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institute for Data Processing and Electronics (IPE)

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract duration

3 years

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Frank Simon,, phone +49 721 608-25612.


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 214/2024 .
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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.