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 Thin Films & Interfaces group we are looking for a
PhD Student
Your tasks
The design and discovery of materials capable of sustaining an efficient solar watersplitting process for hydrogen generation promises enormous breakthroughs for solarenergy storage in the form of a clean and renewable fuel. Thin film heterostructures with high crystalline quality and controlled crystallographic propeties are an ideal model system in many fields of materials science. For this research project, we use thin films to investigate the light absorption mechanism and the migration of photogenerated electrical charges, and study the electrochemical processes at the surface, in contact with water, that eventually lead to the generation of hydrogen and oxygen.
  • Responsible of the growth of the thin films by pulsed laser deposition, and the characterization of their structural, morphological, compositional and photoelectrochemical properties
  • Master several characterization methods such as X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, electrical and photoelectrochemical measurements
  • Submit regular proposals to the Large Scale Facilities at PSI (the synchrotron light source and the neutron spallation source) to perform experiments using X-ray absorption spectroscopy and neutron reflectometry, with special attention to operando characterizations of the solid-liquid interface
  • The PhD degree will be received from the ETH Z├╝rich
Your profile
  • Masters degree in physics, chemistry, or materials science with special focus on solid state physics and inorganic chemistry
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Prior expertise in thin-film growth and spectroscopic methods will be advantageous
  • Ability to work outside standard working time (night or weekend shifts) when necessary during the beamtime at the Large Scale Facilities
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 Prof. Dr Thomas Lippert, phone +41 56 310 40 76.

Please submit your application online by 15 December 2021 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3702-02).

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