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 Technology Assessment Group within the Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis we are looking for a
PhD Student in Sustainability Assessment
Your tasks
  • Writing a PhD thesis on environmental, economic, and social assessment of synthetic low-carbon fuels
  • Evaluate synthetic low-carbon fuels from an environmental, economic, and social perspective by means of techno-economic and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Contribute to further development of linking LCA and (energy) system models
  • Write and contribute to high quality peer-reviewed publications
You will be enrolled in the doctoral school of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ).
Your profile
  • Master degree in natural science, industrial ecology, computer science, sustainability, or engineering science
  • Experience in LCA and using the brightway framework
  • Programming skills in Phyton
  • Very good command of the English language
  • Ability to work in a diverse and flexible academic environment in a team-oriented, but independent way
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 Christian Bauer, phone +41 56 310 23 91.

Please submit your application online by 5 December 2021 including addresses of referees for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 4501-00).

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