Institute for Beam Physics and Technology (IBPT)

General information for students, doctoral reseachers, engineers, scientists and researchers


At the end of 2018, KIT has received major funding to develop and build a 50-MeV laser plasma accelerator within the project ATHENA (see press release, funding at KIT about 4.5 MEuro for the construction phase organized by the Institute for Beam Physics and Technology (IBPT)). After a construction phase of about 4 years, commissioning and operation of at least 10 years is envisioned.

In 2019, KIT received major funding for a novel, KIT-designed, non-linear, compact storage ring for accelerator research and technology within the KIT-project cSTART (about 6.7 MEuro for the construction phase organized by IBPT). The KIT-project cSTART also includes the advanced instrumentation of the short-pulse linear accelerator at KIT’s FLUTE facility to enable precise operation for femtosecond electron bunches and terahertz photon pulses. The project's construction phase is scheduled for 7 years including commissioning tasks. An at least 10-year-period of operation following, accelerator research and technology development is planned.

We further operate and develop the Karlsruhe Research Accelerator (KARA), a 110-m storage ring, which serves as a synchrotron light source and a versatile test facility for novel accelerator technology, equipped with world-leading MHz-rate diagnostic systems and DAQ, dedicated time for beam dynamics studies and novel operation modes including the exploration of machine learning scenarios in the context of employing artifical intelligence.

The accelerator operation, research and development program organized within IBPT is supported by KIT via the Helmholtz Association of Germany and via European project funding such as EuroCirCol and ARIES. In EuroCirCol the very first 2 meters of the proposed 80-km to 100-km FCC are experimentally evaluated, while the synchrotron radiation spectrum emitted from electrons in the storage ring KARA is very close to the predicted spectrum of protons in a FCC.

In the course of our research, we are looking for highly motivated and qualified individuals for simulation, specification, commissioning and experiment (for experimental and theoretical topics) to explore, as a member of the KIT IBPT team, new frontiers in accelerator and laser physics and technology.

For a first impression, please browse the accelerator technology platform information - ATP @ KIT, our publications, and view our recent KIT accelerator technology movie, produced by IBPT. We use state-of-the-art cutting-edge methods and technologies, advance and develop world-leading novel technologies and concepts within KIT and with external partners, while collaborating in an international environment.

A few selected overviews in presentation slides (PDF format)

  • PDF 1, published December 2018 (2.6 MBytes): KARA, FLUTE and superconducting magnet characterization facilities at KIT IBPT
  • PDF 2, published December 2018 (1.4 MBytes): Vacuum test systems and EuroCirCol at KIT IBPT
  • PDF 3, published June 2018 (1.7 MBytes): Transverse-gradient undulator (TGU) and laser wake-field accelerator (LWFA)

Students and early-stage researchers

For early-stage, highly qualified, young scientists we offer at any time exciting B.Sc., M.Sc., and PhD theses in the field of accelerator physics and laser physics. We also offer hands-on experience in accelerator operations and laser experiments, which are key skills for the new accelerator and laser facilities being built around the world. These skills are of high interest in academia, large-scale research facilities and in industry.

For doctoral students and postdocs: In close collaboration with KIT’s Laboratory for Applications of Synchrotron Radiation (LAS), university education links to prominent KIT centers and graduate schools fostering learning, mentoring and teaching opportunities.

Doctoral researchers

Ideal candidates for PhD Positions would:

  • have fun in developing and testing new, unusual concepts in experiment and/or theory
  • be willing to push first ideas forward via numerical simulations to experiments
  • have a M.Sc./Diplom degree in physics (or electrical engineering with strong interest in physics)
  • have general knowledge in accelerator physics and optics or is a quick study
  • typically apply with a CV, names of referees, study performance overview, diplom or master certificate (if a certificate is already available).

Student workers

Early-stage, highly qualified students can participate in operations of an accelerator, laser experiments, information technologies including software development, research data management, research and teaching activities of the institute IBPT and the chair in accelerator physics at LAS. If specific tasks are endowed, it is possible to hire persons as SHK (studentische Hilfskraft, without a degree) and WHK (wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft, with a degree) via paid KIT student worker contracts. Typical positions contain duties for 8 hours per week on average or more, for several months, a semester, or more, depending on the specific arrangements made with the respective tasks supervisor. Please apply with your initiative application (Initiativbewerbung) and fields of interest at office∂ Due to several weeks delay between initial interest, discussion with your supervisor and in forming the employment contract at KIT, please contact the office at least 8 to 12 weeks in advance with respect to your desired work starting date.

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