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 Radioanalytics Group we are looking for a
- Analyse the potential of electrochemical techniques for use in radionuclide separation
- Identify chances of novel combined separation schemes and demonstrate their potentials in the laboratory
- Plan and perform experiments using model systems and extend those to environmental and industrial samples in useful steps
- Evaluate the tools developed in the project to investigate the electrochemical properties of superheavy elements, e.g. Mt, Ds, or Rg
- Master degree in chemistry or strongly related scientific major, having prior knowledge on at least one of the disciplines required, radiochemistry, electrochemistry or analytical chemistry
- Ability and willingness to learn quickly and acquire proficiency in all chemical disciplines
- Analytic eye for details and desire to meet highest quality standards
- Proficient in the use of computers, e.g., for controlling measurement instrumentation; experience with databases is welcomed
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.
Thesis work will be performed at the Radioanalytics Group at PSI with access to radiochemical laboratories. The PhD student will enroll at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zurich with Prof Dr Christophe Copéret. In addition, parts of the thesis are expected to be made in collaboration with the Heavy Elements research group at PSI. The PhD candidate can make use of a wide supporting network of scientific knowledge in all related disciplines both at ETH and at PSI.
For further information, please contact Dr Martin Heule, phone +41 56 310 31 52.
Please submit your application online (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 9622-00).
Paul Scherrer Institut Human Resources Management, Sabine Mier, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland