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The muon EDM project is looking for a

PhD Student
In fundamental muon physics to work on the search for a muon electric dipole moment
Your tasks
The search for the muon electric dipole moment, muEDM, started at PSI, searching for a signal of beyond-Standard-Model physics and testing lepton universality. You will setup and work on a precursor experiment demonstrating novel techniques and deploying for the first time the frozen-spin method.

You will study and design the 3D injection of muons into a solenoid towards an experimental demonstration of muon storage in an orbit.

For this you will:
  • Simulate the injection using Monte Carlo techniques
  • Develop and qualify a magnetically shielded channel made of super conductors for a magnetic-field-free passage of muons from the beamline into the solenoid
  • Participate in designing and testing of a muon entrance detector made of scintillators
  • Participate in the setup of the new experimental apparatus
The PhD project is located at PSI with graduation from ETH Zurich, Department of Physics, or University of Pisa.
Your profile
We seek a talented and ambitious candidate who is highly motivated to work on this innovative project in a newly founded research team and within an international collaboration.
  • Master degree in Physics
  • High interest in fundamental muon physics and experimental techniques
  • Practical experience in experimental work with accelerators or detectors is appreciated
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good programming skills are required
  • Good level of English (C1) as working language in spoken and written from 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, phone +41 56 310 56 80, e-mail: philipp.schmidt-wellenburg@psi.ch.

Please submit your application online by 31 August 2022 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3203-01).

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