Vacancy No. 222/2019

Physicist (m/f/d) with Doctoral Degree

Job description

Radio detection of cosmic-ray air showers has made significant progress in the last years and can provide unprecedented accuracy in combination with particle detectors. In particular, a radio enhancement of the existing surface array of IceCube at the South Pole bears discovery potential for the yet unknown sources of the most energetic Galactic cosmic rays. As first step, two prototype antennas have already been installed at the South Pole early 2019 - extending an existing prototype station of scintillation detectors. The goal for the next few years is to deploy, commission, and operate a reliable radio array performing accurate measurements of air showers in coincidence with other surface and in-ice detectors. Developments are first tested at a prototype station operating at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.

Within the ERC StG project "Digital Radio Detectors for Galactic PeV Particles (PeV-Radio)“, you will engage in research regarding this antenna array in direct collaboration with several graduate students and scientists of the local IceCube group. In coordination with the team, your tasks will include several of the following: hardware, firmware and electronics development, data analysis, calibration, deployment and commissioning of the array at the South Pole, as well as co-supervision of students participating in the project. You will also work on the publication of the research results and present them at (inter)national conferences and collaboration meetings. Consequently, the position requires international travel of several weeks per year, and includes membership and participation in the international IceCube Collaboration. More information on the project is available at: .

Personal qualification

The position requires a doctoral degree in Physics (Diploma (University/ Master) or a closely related field. You bring experience in experimental astroparticle physics or a related field, such as experimental particle physics or radio astronomy, demonstrated by publications or contributions to international conferences. Hardware experience, for example regarding radio antennas or detectors or the corresponding electronics, and programming skills in C++ or Python are assets (applications are welcome regardless of how many of these asset criteria are met). Last but not least, you have interest in collaborative research both within and outside the team, and have good knowledge of English.


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

Organizational unit

Institute for Nuclear Physics (IKP)

Starting date

ab sofort

Contract duration

for 2 years.

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Mr. Prof. Dr. Frank Schröder, Email:


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 222/2019.
Personnel support is provided by 

Ms Ratzel
phone: +49 721 608-25544,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

If qualified, severely disabled persons will be preferred.