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
n2edm experiment and UCN source
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 (UCN) source. Delivering the highest UCN intensity is a crucial aspect for the success of n2EDM. You will work on further characterization and improvement of the UCN output of the facility and work on the new project to upgrade the UCN source. You will study with experiments and simulation new lay-outs of UCN source components. You will participate with specific tasks in the setup, commissioning, running and analysis of the n2EDM experiment.
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 form is mandatory
  • Knowledge of German or willingness to quickly learn German is a plus
  • Flexible and multitasking work attitude
  • 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. 3204-01).

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