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 Group Thin films and Interfaces we are looking for a
PhD Student
Atomic-Scale Transformations in Materials through Electron Microscopy
Your tasks
  • Brainstorm ideas and novel approaches
  • Gain deep understanding of materials science and electrochemistry
  • Work with the state-of-the-art aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy
  • Study the electrocatalytic behavior of materials
  • Collaborate with leading experts in microscopy and X-ray analysis
  • Prepare manuscripts and publish in scientific journals
  • Present your results at major scientific conferences worldwide
  • Be ready to conduct experiments at both the Paul Scherrer Institute and ETH Zurich
Your profile
We are looking for a motivated student who is curious about science and excited to work on challenging but highly rewarding scientific directions. We offer an engaging working environment, outstanding facilities (oxide epitaxy, aberration-corrected electron microscopy, synchrotron and neutron facilities) and a PhD-level education at ETH Zurich. A successful candidate should have a Master’s degree (or being close to its completion) in chemistry, physics, materials science, or related disciplines. We encourage applications from candidates with different and diverse backgrounds. Having a prior experience in one of these fields is a plus (though not necessary): 
  • Inorganic chemistry and/or crystallochemistry/crystallography
  • Physical chemistry
  • Theory and theoretical physics or chemistry
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Electron microscopy
  • Electrochemistry
  • Catalysis

As a candidate, you should be fluent in both spoken and written English and be ready to present your results at major conferences worldwide. Striving for gender balance and equality, we are strongly encouraging female candidates to apply for this position.
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 Prof Dr Thomas Lippert, phone +41 56 310 40 76 or Dr Andrei Akbasheu, phone +41 56 310 45 47.

Please submit your application online by 31 July 2021 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3702-01).

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