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 Photons for Engineering and Manufacturing Group we are looking for a
PhD Student in Materials Science
Operando X-ray diffraction and imaging during additive manufacturing of multi-materials
Your tasks
  • Assist wih the development of a new recoater system for 3D printing of multi-materials
  • Perform operando synchrotron X-ray diffraction and imaging experiments during selective laser melting
  • Use advanced characterisation techniques such as electron microscopy and X-ray fluorescency mapping to investigate the microstructure of 3D printed samples
  • Study the structural integrity of printed components by mechanical testing
  • Collaborate with PhD students and postdocs within PSI and from EPFL, ETHZ and EMPA, as well as with the project team
  • Publish results in scientific journals and present findings at international conferences
Your profile
  • Master degree in Physics, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering or related fields
  • Good communication skills in English
  • Affinity with experimental work
  • Experience with programming is an asset
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.

You will be enrolled in the doctoral school of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

For further information, please contact Dr Steven Van Petegem, phone +41 56 310 25 37.

Please submit your application online by 30 September 2021 including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student in Materials Science (index no. 6317-00).

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