The Semiconductor Laboratory of the Max Planck Society (MPG HLL) on the Siemens Campus in Munich is a central facility of the Max Planck Society. In collaboration with the supporting Max-Planck-Institutes, the HLL conducts research on scientifically advanced semiconductor detectors and detector systems tailored for use in a variety of cutting-edge experiments carried out by the partner institutes in the fields of X-ray astronomy, particle physics, and material research. To enhance development for state of the art detector systems we are looking for a

Physicist / electrical engineer (f/m/d) with special focus on testing, qualification and operation of silicon detectors and detector systems

Your tasks

You will be working with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and technicians. You will contribute to conceptual design, development and realization of scientific grade detector systems for research at the leading edge. You will contribute to design a setup of test systems suitable to operate a multitude of different devices.

  • Support the development of the test system for our next generation sensors (pnCCDs, DEPFETS, SDD…)
  • Operate and evaluate a variety of prototype sensors, quantify their properties with respect to their applicability for the target experiment
  • Contribute to the development of all necessary software and data analysis tools
  • Contribute to the creation of models appropriate for the extrapolation of the properties of a detector suited for the experiment

Your profile

  • We expect an academic degree (U/TU) in physics, electronics engineering or similar studies, with a focus on silicon detectors, sensor operation and detector systems for science experiments
  • You are well versed using C/C++ and/or python, for both controlling lab hardware and data analysis
  • Basic knowledge of solid state physics and semiconductor technology are favorable
  • As some of your tasks will be on hardware design and operation, skills on the field of PCB design and knowledge of relevant tools (e.g. Cadence Allegro) are also highly desirable, as well as experience on the field of setup, commissioning and operation of scientific and experimental measurement instrumentation
  • Skills on FPGA / SoC design and operation are useful
  • We highly value communication skills and the ability to work within a team
  • Personal initiative, determination, commitment and creativity are appreciated traits
  • Knowledge on the instruments field of application is not required, but we will support the effort to familiarize with it
  • Good command of the English language is mandatory 

Our offer

  • A position at the interface between internationally leading fundamental research and applied sciences in a highly motivated and dynamic team
  • Very good opportunities for further training
  • Initially temporary position for two years with 39 hours per week and flexible working hours
  • Salary and benefits according to TVöD (Bund) in line with qualifications and experience
  • Very good connections to public transport and discounts on the Munich public transport system
  • (MVV) and Deutsche Bahn (DB)    

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Detailed information about the semiconductor laboratory can be found at
For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Jelena Ninkovic, Tel. 089 83940049.

The application deadline is 15 October 2022. We look forward to receiving your online application.

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