The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether PSI employs 2100 people.

For the Neutron Diffraction Group in the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging we are looking for a
PhD Student
Magnetic frustration as a source of extended periodic spin textures
Your tasks
  • Use scattering techniques, neutron and X-Ray diffraction to investigate the crystal and magnetic structures of new materials that may host topological spin textures
  • Analyse experimental data and develop interpretations using analytical and numerical models
  • Collaborate with theoreticians (modelling) and chemists (materials discovery and characterization)
  • Publish results in scientific journals and present findings at scientific meetings
Your profile
  • Master degree in physics or physical chemistry
  • Knowledge of crystallography, neutron/X-Ray scattering and/or magnetism
  • High level of proficiency in numerical data analysis and/or computer simulation
  • Able to work independently in a collaborative and interdisciplinary research team
  • Willing to regularly travel internationally
  • Good communication skills in English
We offer
Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.

The experimental and numerical work will be at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen under the supervision of Dr Oksana Zaharko, the PhD degree will be awarded by the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof. Dr Christian Rüegg.

For further information please contact Dr Oksana Zaharko, phone +41 56 310 46 33.

Please submit your application online (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3301-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Mariusz Prus, Forschungsstrasse 111, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland.