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DESY Summer Student Programme

DESY Summer Student Programme

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DESY Summer Student Programme

Each summer DESY offers undergraduate students in physics or related natural science disciplines the possibility to participate in the research activities of the laboratory.

Selected candidates join in the day-to-day work of research groups at the DESY Laboratory in Hamburg or Zeuthen (Berlin) and participate in one of these activities.


DESY Summer Students join groups engaged in the following activities:

Program A : Experiments with Synchrotron Radiation (only at Hamburg)

Students join  photon science groups at DESY engaged in fundamental and applied
research in the fields of physics, biology, chemistry, crystallography, material science, and geological science. Some of the students will work in the frame of the European XFEL project. The work includes participation in activities like preparation and realization of measurements, evaluation of measured data, and technical improvements of instrumentation.

Information about the different categories within A1-A6 can be found here.

Program B : Research in Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics, accelerators and computing:

Experiments in Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics
Research is concentrated on the following areas:
— the experiments ATLASCMS at the proton-proton-collider LHC,
— the preparations for experiments at the e+e- International Linear Collider,
— the Belle II experiment and
— the experiment ALPS II at DESY.

At Zeuthen research is done also on the areas
— gamma-ray astronomy and astroparticle physics with the observatories
CTA, HESS, MAGIC, VERITAS, and Fermi LA (link) and
— neutrino astronomy and astroparticle physics with the IceCube Observatory (link).


  • Applicants should have completed, by the summer of 2016, three years of full-time studies at university level in physics or related natural science disciplines. The main target audiences are students who in summer 2016 are
    – about to obtain their Bachelor degree or
    – having a Bachelor degree and finishing their first year of studies for Master degree or
    – in between these two stages.
    Applicants who already obtained a master-degree or will obtain the master degree in 2016 are not accepted.
    Please take note that due to regulations for paid traineeships in Germany we can only accept students that are enrolled at their university for the whole period of the summerstudent programme.
  • A good knowledge of English is essential.
  • Applicants should not have previously been at DESY as a summer student

Duration and dates: The Summer student programme takes place from July 19 to September 8. The students are expected to stay for the full period.

Allowances: DESY Summer Students will be paid a subsistence allowance to cover living expenses for a single person.
Travel expenses:Travel expenses will be subsidized.

Official Link: https://summerstudents.desy.de

Deadline: 31 January, 2017


Type of Opportunity Exchange Programs
Deadline31 January, 2017



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