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 a joint project between the Nuclear Fuels Group of the Laboratory for Nuclear Materials and the Applied Materials Group of the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging, we are looking for a
PhD Student
Neutron radiography investigations of hydrogen redistribution in irradiated zirconium claddings
Your tasks
  • Be involved in preparing radioactive specimens of irradiated fuel claddings from Swiss nuclear power plants for neutron imaging
  • Optimization of processes (handling, positioning of specimens) and interplay between sample conditioning and detector development at the neutron imaging beam line
  • Interpret experimental data and develop an understanding of hydrogen diffusion and precipitation in irradiated fuel claddings
  • Publish results in high-ranking international journals and reputed conference proceedings and write a PhD thesis on the topic
Your profile
  • Hold a Master degree in physics, chemistry or materials science
  • Highly interested in nuclear materials research
  • Prior work experiences with radioactive specimens are a strong asset
  • Also interested in computer modelling work for the interpretation of experimental data
  • English proficiency (both speaking and writing), German is advantageous
  • Interest to work in a team, in a multi-disciplinary and international 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.

For further information, please contact Dr Liliana Duarte, phone +41 56 310 21 16 Email or Dr Pavel Trtik, phone +41 56 310 55 79 Email

Please submit your application online by 30 June 2020 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 4602-00).

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