DESY Summer Student Programme 2020

DESY is one of the world’s leading research centres for photon science, particle and astroparticle physics as well as accelerator physics. Each summer DESY offers undergraduate students in physics, related natural science disciplines or computing 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). The deadline is on 31 January 2020.

DESY Summer Student Programme

The 2020 DESY Summer Student Programme will take place on 21 July – 10 September 2020. While the work in the groups is the main activity, there will also be a series of lectures (given in English) related to the research done at DESY.

Visits to the accelerators and experiments are also included in this programme.

Summer students join groups at DESY and European XFEL which address fundamental and applied questions in the fields of physics, biology, chemistry, crystallography, materials and geological sciences, computing and engineering.

This includes research with synchrotron radiation on molecules, soft matter, solid-state and nanomaterials, the development of new experimental techniques based on synchrotron radiation and lasers and the theory of interaction of matter and light.

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

Main criteria

Applicants should have completed, by the summer of 2020, at least three years of full-time studies at university level in physics, related natural science disciplines or computing. The main target audiences are students who in summer 2020 are at the following two stages:

  • they are about to obtain their Bachelor degree
  • they have a Bachelor degree and are within the first year of studies for a Master degree.

All applicants should have a good working knowledge of English and provide a CV, two letters of recommendation and university grade certificates.

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