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 Reaction Dynamics Group we are looking for a
Postdoctoral Fellow - Reaction mechanisms in catalysis
80% or more
Your tasks
In collaboration with the National Centre of Competence in Research – Catalysis, you will design and construct reactors and sources to study reaction mechanisms in halogen-mediated upgrading of natural gas and in lignin hydrodeoxygenation by imaging photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy (iPEPICO) with VUV synchrotron radiation. iPEPICO allows for the isomer-selective assignment of elusive reactive intermediates, the detection of which will allow us to establish and control the reaction mechanism. You will collaborate closely with the Advanced Catalysis Engineering (aCe) Group at ETH Zurich and the Laboratory of Sustainable and Catalytic Processing at EPFL. Your tasks will include planning and executing experiments, data analysis, and publication of the results in peer-reviewed journals and at conferences.
Your profile
  • PhD degree in chemistry, physics or related field
  • Strong instrumentation background and experimental skills
  • Good communication skills in English
  • Expertise in one or more of the following: reaction mechanisms, catalysis, reactors, mass spectrometry, photoelectron spectroscopy, high vacuum techniques, large-scale facilities
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.

Your employment contract is limited to 2 years.

For further information, please contact Andras Bodi, phone +41 56 310 44 71.

Please submit your application online by 1 July 2021 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 6413-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Anita Bleiker, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland