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.

The Structure and Mechanics of Advanced Materials Group is a newly formed group within the Photon Science Division performing research on structural and mechanical properties of diverse soft matter systems, including samples of biological origin, as well as of metals and alloys. We are actively developing and applying various X-ray and neutron scattering, diffraction and imaging methods working closely together with various beamlines at SLS and SINQ. For this group, we are looking for a
PhD Student in Materials Science
Multi-scale characterization with tensor tomography
Your tasks
  • Help to design and build a polarimetric imaging system
  • Perform synchrotron X-ray scattering and imaging experiments, in particular SAXS tensor tomography
  • Investigate biological tissues as well as cellulose-based composite materials with the newly developed techniques
  • Collaborate with PhD students and Postdocs at PSI and Chalmers University (Gothenburg, Sweden)as well as with other international collaboration partners
  • Publish results in scientific journals and present findings at international conferences
Your profile
  • Master degree in Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Physics or related fields
  • Good communication skills in English
  • Affinity with experimental work and interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Experience with programming is considered an asset
You will be enrolled in the doctoral school of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
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 Marianne Liebi, phone +41 56 310 44 38, email:

Please submit your application online by 27 February 2022 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student in Materials Science (index no. 6317-02).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Alina Rao, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland