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 UCN Physics group we are looking for a
PhD Student
The PhD project will be performed at PSI with graduation from ETH Zurich, Department of Physics
Your tasks
A new project to search for a neutron electric dipole moment - n2EDM - has started at PSI, searching for a signal of beyond-Standard-Model physics. The new experimental apparatus is being set up at the ultracold neutron source. You will work on the setup of the experiment and participate with specific tasks to the commissioning of all components. You will take an important role for the first data taking of the n2EDM experiment. You will prepare and pursue the first analysis of n2EDM data leading to a new result with unprecedented sensitivity.
Your profile
We seek a talented and ambitious candidate who is highly motivated to work on this competitive project in a well-established research team, and within an international collaboration.
  • Master degree in Physics
  • High interest in fundamental physics
  • Good level of English as working language in spoken and written from is mandatory
  • Knowledge of German or willingness to quickly learn German is a plus
  • Flexible and multitasking work attitude
  • Ability to work independently
  • Practical experience in experimental work and hardware setup will be considered as an asset
  • Programming skills, at least at a basic level, are required
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 combine work and family life or other personal interests in an optimal way, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.

For further information, please contact Prof Dr Klaus Kirch, phone +41 56 310 32 78.

Please submit your application online by 4 May 2020 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3204-00).

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