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.
The Radiation Metrology Section (Department of Radiation Protection and Safety, Logistics Division) consists of the Dosimetry Group and the Calibration Laboratory. The Section is responsible for dosimetry and calibration services at PSI and for external customers, for research in the field of measurement of ionizing radiation and to provide expertise in dosimetry and calibration. The facilities include gamma, X-Ray, neutron and contamination calibration sources, modern dosimetry systems based on radio-photoluminescent photon detectors and polyallyldyglicolcarbonate (PADC) neutron detectors, as well as state-of-the-art automated luminescence readers (Risø TL / OSL-DA-20, Lexsyg Smart).
To support the dosimetry services and research carried out by the Radiation Metrology Section we are looking for a
- Responsibility for the internal dosimetry service, including calculation of the doses for non-standard models, monitoring of the devices, support for the Section on radiation protection for monitoring and triage problems
- Support for the routine dosimetry services (reporting, dosimeter evaluation, data review, quality management processes, troubleshooting, calibration, maintenance of database, etc.)
- Development of concepts and methods for measuring ionizing radiation
- Provide expertise in the area of personal dosimetry for internal and external customers, when necessary supported by Monte-Carlo simulations
- Research and development projects in the area of dosimetry and radiation measurements, including the advisement of students
- Design, preparation and implementation of measurement campaigns
- Participation in various department development projects
- Creation of reports, scientific publications and QM documents
- Be a member of PSI’ emergency organization
- Lecture in the area of radiation dosimetry and regulations
- Participation in national and international working groups and conferences in the area of radiation dosimetry, metrology and radiation protection
- You hold a PhD degree in Physics or has equivalent known-how
- You are highly competent in the field of dosimetry and radiation measurement, with possible experience in internal dosimetry
- You have excellent programming, data analysis and simulation skills (e.g. SQL, R, MATLAB, LabView, FLUKA, MCNP, Geant4)
- You have experience with instrumentation
- You possess strong problem-solving skills and are able to think creatively
- You are attentive to detail, well organized, and able to prioritize in a versatile and dynamic work environment (i.e. able to handle multiple problems)
- You can communicate clearly and are able to work effectively in team and across different groups within the organization
- You are highly proficient in English (both spoken and written). German knowledge is an advantage, since the department operates primarily in German and there is a need to understand technical writing and regulations in German.
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 Eduardo Yukihara, phone +41 56 310 54 30.
Please submit your application online by 31 August 2020 for the position as a physicist (index no. 9610-00).
Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Sabine Mier, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland