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 Future Circular Collider Study FCC explores different designs of circular colliders for the post-LHC era. Reaching higher energies and unprecedented luminosities would allow us to explore the fundamental laws of nature and probe yet unexplained observations. A circular particle accelerator is a viable option to achieve this goal within the 21st century. Building such a machine requires a well-focused technology R&D program, the development of entirely new technologies and the industrialization of novel materials, and a committed science community.

PSI, as a member of CHART Swiss Accelerator Research and Technology Center, is a partner in this effort, focusing its R&D, among others, on superconducting magnet technology, for which we are looking for an
Applied Physicist / Engineer
Superconducting magnets
Your tasks
You will be part of a young research group, joining the team at the time of establishment of a new superconducting-magnet laboratory at PSI. Over a first period, you will develop enabling technologies that make coils wound from ReBCO tapes viable for applications in accelerators. In the second period, you will design and construct a magnet prototype according to the strategic needs of the FCC design study and PSI. In particular you will:

  • Design and build test coils in collaboration with CERN and other partners
  • Specify, procure, and commission R&D infrastructure and construction tooling
  • Design a prototype HTS magnet for a specific application
  • Build and instrument test coils and the magnet prototype and analyze test results
Your profile
You have a Masters or PhD degree in applied physics, electrical or mechanical engineering, and several years of experience in the design and construction of superconducting magnets. You routinely used ANSYS, Comsol, or similar tools. Ideally, you have worked on coils wound from ReBCO tapes before. As a team-oriented and communicative person you enjoy working in an interdisciplinary group. You assume responsibility, show initiative and combine creativity and out-of-the-box thinking with pragmatism and results-orientation. Good knowledge of English is mandatory; knowledge of German is a plus.
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.

For further information, please contact Dr Bernhard Auchmann, phone +41 56 310 30 26 or Dr St├ęphane Sanfilippo, phone +41 56 310 41 11.

Please submit your application online for the position as an Applied Physicist / Engineer (index no. 8433-04).

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