The ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) Project is an integral part of the European plan to build the next generation of large research facilities. ELI-Beamlines is a cutting-edge laser facility that is currently being constructed in Dolní Břežany (on the southern border of Prague); its commissioning is scheduled for end of 2017. ELI will be delivering ultra-short, ultra-intense laser pulses lasting typically a few tens of femtoseconds (up to 150 fs) with peak power projected to reach 10 PW. It will make available time synchronized laser beams over a wide range of intensities for multi-disciplinary applications in physics, medicine, biology, material science etc. The high laser electric field intensities of the laser pulse will be also used for generating secondary sources of e- and p+ and high-energy photons.


The candidates are supposed to work predominantly on the following topics:

  • contributing to design of the high energy amplifiers for a kilojoule nanosecond laser system
  • coordinating development, installation and commissioning of the kilojoule amplifiers and their subsequent operation
  • working closely with a team of scientists, optical and mechanical engineers, control system engineers and programmers
  • close cooperation with other European research centres and commercial companies in developing the pulse diagnostics technology needed for ELI
  • preparing technical tender documentation for technology/equipment orders
  • independent scientific research and publishing, participating in conferences


  • PhD in the broad area of laser physics/quantum electronics/optics/metrology

proven record of at least 2 years practical experience with either design, construction or operation of solid-state high power/high energy systems (minimum energy 2 J)

The following knowledge and experience would be also desirable:

  • experience with Nd: glass laser amplifiers
  • experience with laser diagnostics for high power systems
  • experience with femtosecond lasers, pulse compressor design
  • experience with control systems and data taking; facility setting
  • knowledge of Matlab, C/C++, Java or LabView programming
  • excellent organizational skills
  • good working knowledge of the English

We offer:

  • the opportunity to participate in this unique scientific project
  • career growth, professional education
  • 5 weeks of holidays and other employee benefits
  • pleasant work environment

Applications, containing CV, cover letter, contacts of references, and any other material the candidate considers relevant, should be sent to Mrs. Jana Ženíšková, HR Specialist (jana.zeniskova@eli-beams.eu, +420-601 560 322).

Please include the following text in your cover letter, to allow us to process your personal details:

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Source: https://www.eli-beams.eu/en/about/careers/scientific/high-energy-amplifiers-l4-ls03/