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 Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging we are looking for a
PhD Student
For research on quantum critical phenomena in metals with competing interactions
Your tasks
Quantum materials are a class of solids in which quantum mechanical effects are especially apparent, generating novel states of matter that often range among the least understood. You will conduct research on metallic materials hosting unconventional quantum fluctuations, which are predicted to give raise to some of these ambiguous quantum phenomena. You will study the microscopic interactions among the relevant degrees of freedom using muon spin rotation, X-ray and mainly neutron scattering techniques.
Your profile
You have a Master degree in physics, chemistry, material sciences or related field, preferably with experience in condensed matter physics, magnetism and/or scattering techniques. You have an active interest in planning, executing, analyzing and interpreting research experiments. You are able to work independently in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team and have good communication skills in English. You will be registered as a PhD Student in Physics at ETH ( under the supervision of Prof Dr Manfred Sigrist.
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 Daniel Gabriel Mazzone, phone +41 56 310 52 30 or email

Please submit your application online by 31 August 2021 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3302-00).

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