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.
PhD Student
Interface characterization and material modification in all-solid-state batteries
Your tasks
  • Fundamental understanding of the interface degradation mechanism in all-solid-state battery with focus on operando techniques (e.g. XPS and XAS)
  • Material modification to improve solid state battery performance
  • Electrochemical testing (cyclic voltammetry, galavanostatic cycling, impedance spectroscopy)
  • Publication of results in scientific journals and presentations at scientific meetings
Your profile
We are looking for a self-motivated team player able to work independently with interest to experimental work. The candidiate must have a master degree or a diploma in chemistry, physics, materials science or in a related field. A good background in electrochemistry is expected. An experience in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and surface characterisation is an asset. Very good command of English and basic knowledge of German is required.

The experimental work will be caried at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen in collaboration with SAFT Group, the PhD degree will be awarded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich).
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 Mario El Kazzi, phone +41 56 310 51 49.

Please submit your application online by 30 September 2020 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 5411-01).

Paul Scherrer Institut Human Resources Management, Mariusz Prus, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland