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 group operates two high performance undulator beamlines as well as a state-of-the-art superbending magnet beamline for macromolecular crystallography. The group focuses on methods development in macromolecular crystallography including advanced beamline instrumentation, novel data collection methods for experimental phasing, in situ serial crystallography, and time-resolved crystallography. We are also involved in the development and user operation of serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) instruments at the Swiss X-Ray free-electron laser facility (SwissFEL) Alvra and Bernina endstations, and in the design of the new SFX Cristallina endstation.

We are looking for a
Beamline Scientist
Macromolecular Crystallography
Your tasks
You will be a part of the Macromolecular Crystallography (MX) team and participate in development and user operation of the three MX beamlines at the Swiss Light Source with the following main tasks:
  • Streamline and automate user experience from sample logistics and sample delivery to fully automated data acquisition and data analysis
  • Assist further development of sample changer and sample delivery for conventional and serial crystallography
  • Support academic and industrial users, as well as attract new user groups
  • Serve as a liaison between the MX group and industry users
  • ¬†Write research proposals and acquire 3rd party funding
  • Publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals and present at international conferences and workshops
  • Supervision of assigned personnel, mentoring of PhD students and Postdocs
In addition, you will participate in the SLS 2.0 upgrade of MX beamlines and contribute to the operation of the MX instruments at the SwissFEL.
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. Familiarity and proficiency in developing and commissioning beamline instrumentation is a plus. You have experience in supervisory or managerial role, great organizational skills and an eye for details. Very good command of written and spoken English is necessary, while knowledge of German is an advantage. If you are a strong team player with excellent communication skills and sense of responsibility, this position will offer you a great opportunity to develop your career in an exciting and highly multidisciplinary environment.
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 three years.

For further information please contact Dr. Meitian Wang, phone +41 56 310 41 75.

Please submit your application online by 28 October 2019 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Beamline Scientist (index no. 6121-01).

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