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, postgraduates or apprentices. Altogether, PSI employs 2100 people.

For the laboratory for particle physics we are looking for a
Postdoctoral Fellow
Search for the muon electric dipole moment using the frozen spin technique at PSI
Your tasks
  • An international initiative lead by scientists at PSI is preparing the first dedicated search for a muon electric dipole moment (muEDM) with unprecedented sensitivity employing the frozen spin technique
  • You will prepare the requirements for all features of the new instrument based on an optimization of the statistical sensitivity and a comprehensive analysis of systematic effects
  • You will setup a finite element model of the magnetic and electric fields in the experiment
  • You will setup a full Monte Carlo model of the experiment from injection of muons into the storage ring, storage and detection of the decay positrons
Your profile
We seek a talented and ambitious person who is highly motivated to work on this competitive project, willing to lay the groundwork for an exciting new measurement in particle physics within a new international collaboration.
  • You hold a PhD in physics
  • You have experience in low energy particle physics preferable with muons
  • You have very good programming skills and experience in Monte Carlo simulation
  • You know how to use software to setup and analyze finite element models
  • You enjoy working with pencil and paper to derive basic algebraic expressions
  • You feel good and stay motivated when working independently
  • You feel responsible for a thorough documentation of you work including the preparation of manuscripts for publication
  • A good level of English (C1) as working language in spoken and written is mandatory
  • Knowledge of German or willingness to quickly learn German is a plus
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 Dr Philipp Schmidt-Wellenburg, preferred via email philipp.schmidt-wellenburg@psi.ch or phone +41 56 310 56 80.

Please submit your application online by 30 November 2021 (including addresses of at least 2 reference persons) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 3204-02).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Silja Giacomini-Diebold, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland