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 Imaging and Applied Materials Group we are looking for a

PhD Student
Neutron nanomediators for non-invasive temperature mapping of fuel cells
Your tasks
  • Synthesize and/or select magnetic nanoparticles to be used as temperature sensors
  • Characterize the nanoparticles magnetic properties as a function of temperature
  • Evaluate the suitability of the nanopaticles as temperature sensors in combination with polarized neutron imaging
  • In collaboration with other researchers from the Electrochemistry Laboratory, incorporate the nanoparticles in fuel cell materials for in situ temperature mapping
  • This project is part of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute PhD School (https://nanoscience.ch/en/research/phd-program/)
Your profile
  • Master degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Material Science
  • Good level of English
  • Good understanding of physics, in particular magnetism, is considered a plus
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.

For further information please contact Dr. Pierre Boillat, phone +41 56 310 27 43. Please submit your application online until 31 December 2019 including addresses of referees for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3304-01).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Silja Giacomini-Diebold 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland