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 Battery Materials and Diagnostics Group we are looking for a
Postdoctoral Fellow
Advanced operando interface characterization of all-solid-state batteries
Your tasks
  • Ex-situ and operando X-ray photoemission spectroscopy XPS and X-ray absorption spectroscopy XAS measurements of all-solid-state batteries
  • Fundamental understanding of the surface and interface, with focus on chemical and electronic properties
  • Electrochemical testing (cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic cycling, etc)
  • Designing operando electrochemical cells for XPS and XAS measurements
  • Publication of results in scientific journals and presentations at scientific meetings
  • Supervision of students
Your profile
In the framework of colaborative work between the electrochemical laboratory and the Surfaces / Interfaces: Microscopy SIM beamline at Swiss Light Source SLS, we are looking for a self-motivated team player able to work independently and with prior experience in interface characterization, electrochemistry, and battery research. The candidiate must have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or in a related field. A good background in XPS and XAS is expected. Experience in all-solid-state battery and battery material interfaces is an asset. Very good command of English is required. The experimental work will be caried at the PSI in Villigen, within the framework of SFA-AM-sinergia project including Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology Empa and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZ in Zurich.
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 Dr Mario El Kazzi, phone +41 56 310 51 49.

Please submit your application online by 31 October 2021 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 5411-02).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Mariusz Prus, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland