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.

The Swiss Light Source (SLS) is one of the most advanced radiation sources worldwide. The SLS Macromolecular Crystallography team operates two high performance undulator beamlines as well as a state-of-the-art superbending magnet beamline for Macromolecular Crystallography. The focus is on methods development in Macromolecular Crystallography including advanced beamline instrumentations, novel data collection methods for experimental phasing, in situ serial crystallography, and time-resolved crystallography. The team is also involved in the development and user operation of serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) instruments at the Swiss X-Ray free-electron laser facility Swiss X-Ray free-electron laser facility (SwissFEL) Alvra and Bernina end stations, and in the design of the new SFX Cristallina end station.

We are looking for a

Beamline Scientist
Serial Femtosecond Crystallography
Your tasks

You will lead the development and user operation of the SFX instruments at the SwissFEL. In addition, you will contribute to time-resolved serial crystallography development at the macromolecular crystallography beamlines of the SLS and SLS 2.0 Your main tasks are:

  • Lead the design, implementation and commissioning of the SFX instrument in the Cristallina-MX end station at the SwissFEL
  • Further develop and commission the current SFX instruments at the Alvra and Bernina end stations of the SwissFEL
  • Develop new concepts and implement advanced methods focused on experimental control and online data analysis
  • Support academic and industrial users
  • Publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals and present your results at international conferences
  • Supervise assigned personnel, and mentor PhD students and postdoctoral fellows
Your profile
  • You hold a PhD degree in biology, chemistry or physics and have substantial experience in macromolecular crystallography and beamline instrumentation at storage rings or XFELs
  • Experience in experimental control and data analysis, especially in high throughput applications
  • You are a good team player with fine communication skills, sense of responsibility, and very good command in spoken and written English; knowledge of German is an advantage
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.

This is a Tenure Track position. The employment contract will initially be limited to 3 years.

For further information please contact Dr Meitian Wang, phone +41 56 310 41 75 or Dr Bill Pedrini, phone +41 56 310 33 71.

Please submit your application online by 30 November 2019 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Beamline Scientist (index no. 6121-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Elke Baumann, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland