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 Detectors, Irradiation and Applied Particle Physics we are looking for a
Detector Physicist
Tenure Track
Your tasks
  • You will be member of a group working in the field of radiation detectors for in-house particle physics experiments and operating exposure facilities at PSI
  • You will participate in coordination and operation of the Proton Irradiation Facility PIF, the electron monochromator EMON and the related user operation
  • You will partially work during nights and weekends to conduct the irradiation campaigns
  • You are expected to make major contributions in the detector development acitivities of the group, in particular of scintillation detectors read out with SiPMs
  • You will participate in particle physics experiments at PSI within the research program of the Laboratory for Particle Physics
  • You will present your scientific results at international conferences and in scientific journals
  • You will aquire third-party money
Your profile
You have a PhD degree in Physics with a strong background in particle physics combined with a broad expertise in design, construction and testing of scintillation detectors read out with SiPMs and the associated readout electronics. You have good knowledge and experience in operation of irradiation facilities and the coordination of the related user operation. A good command of English and the local language German is required. You like to work in a team of scientists and technicians. You are used to work with international user groups and in international collaborations.
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.

This is a Tenure Track position. The employment contract will initially be limited to 3 years.

For further information, please contact Dr Malte Hildebrandt, Email

Please submit your application online by 26 July 2021 for the position as a Detector Physicist (index no. 3206-02).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Sevil Minniti, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland