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 future technologies, energy and climate, health innovation and fundamentals of nature. 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 2200 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 our large-scale facilities SLS and SINQ. In the framework of a European Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network “Real-time characterization of anisotropic carbon-based technological fibres, films and composites” (RELIANCE) we are looking for a
PhD Student in Materials Science
Multi-scale characterization of carbon fiber composites using X-rays
Your tasks
  • Investigate carbon-based technological fibres, films and composites, in particular using SAXS tensor tomography
  • Perform and analyze synchrotron X-ray scattering and imaging experiments, in particular SAXS tensor tomography
  • Help to develop the experimental design for SAXS tensor tomography
  • Active participation in the training (summer school, workshop, secondment with an industrial partner) provided by the RELIANCE network
  • Teaching activities and enrolment in the doctoral school of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Your profile
  • Master degree in Material Science, Physics or related fields
  • Affinity for experimental work and interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Programming experience is considered an asset
  • Good communication skills in English

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant requirements
  • You are not already in possession of a doctoral degree
  • You have not spent more than 12 months within the last three years working or living in Switzerland (prior to recruitment date)
We offer
Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will receive a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities. You benefit from a full PhD training programme with a gross salary of 54’900.- CHF/year (incl. Living and Mobility Allowance); Family Allowance if applicable. The salary is subject to Swiss taxation and Swiss social security contributions. 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 Marianne Liebi,, phone +41 56 310 44 38.

Please submit your application online by 17 February 2023 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student in Materials Science (index no. 6317-00).

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