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 Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging we are looking for a
PhD Student
For research on quantum critical phenomena in metals with competing interactions
Your tasks
Quantum materials are an exciting class of solids in which strong quantum mechanical effects can lead to novel states of matter with a plethora of yet unexplored properties. You will conduct research on metallic materials hosting unconventional quantum fluctuations, which are predicted to give rise to some of these ambiguous quantum phenomena. You will study the microscopic interactions in these materials using mainly elastic and inelastic neutron scattering which may be completed by muon spin rotation and x-ray experiments.
Your profile
  • Master degree in Physics with a solid understanding in condensed matter physics, magnetism and / or scattering techniques
  • Active interest in planning, performing, analyzing and interpreting research experiments
  • Able to work independently in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team
  • Good communication skills in English

While based at the Paul Scherrer Institute, you will be registered as a PhD Student in Physics at ETH.
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 Daniel Gabriel Mazzone, phone +41 56 310 52 30, email

Please submit your application online by 5 January 2022 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3302-00)

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