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.

Within our PROACTIV and APAL projects, we are performing advanced deterministic and probabilistic integrity analysis in the context of the irradiation embrittlement of the reactor pressure vessel as well as probabilistic leak before break analysis of pressure boundary components in the context of ageing mechanism like stress corrosion cracking or fatigue. For strengthening of this modeling research activity we are looking for a
Scientist / Engineer
Integrity analysis by deterministic and probabilistic fracture mechanics
Your tasks
  • Deterministic and probabilistic RPV integrity analysis in the context of irradiation embrittlement PTS for reference PWR RPVs with FEM ABAQUS and probabilistic fracture mechanics PFM codes FAVOR in the frame of the APAL and PROACTIV projects
  • 2D- and 3D-fracture mechanics crack growth, arrest analysis under complex boundary, geometry conditions by FEM, XFEM and their experimental validation
  • Participation in international benchmarks and round robins in these fields
  • Publication of results in scientific journals and at international conferences
Your profile
You are a young scientist/engineer and hold a PhD degree in mechanical engineering or material science (or equivalent education/experience). You have a very solid background, practical experience in structural, deterministic and probabilistic fracture mechanics as well as corresponding experience with Finite Element modelling (ABAQUS, structural mechanics & CFD) and good programming skills. Good communication skills in English are required and a working knowledge of German would be an asset. You are a team player and like to work in a multidisciplinary environment with industrial and regulatory contacts.
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.

This project-related, non-permanent Scientist / Engineer position is limited to 4 years (with a maximum duration of 5 years).

For further information, please contact Markus Niffenegger, phone +41 56 310 26 86,

Please submit your application online by 30 April 2020 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Scientist / Engineer (index no. 4603-02).

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