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.

For the laboratory for particle physics we are looking for a
Postdoctoral Fellow
To search for the muon electric dipole moment using the frozen-spin technique at PSI
Your tasks
Your task will be to setup the demonstration experiments. In a team of three PhD students and two postdoctoral fellows you will take the lead in preparing engineering beam-times demonstrating the crucial steps of the experimental approach. In particular, you will setup a cryostat to cool a superconducting magnetic shield and prepare a set of magnetometers and coils to monitor and control the magnetic field.

As experimental postdoctoral fellow, you will support the PhD research projects helping on all experimental tasks.
Your profile
We seek a talented and ambitious person who is highly motivated to work on this outstanding project, willing to lay the groundwork for an exciting new measurement in particle physics within a new international collaboration.

  • You hold a PhD degree in physics, ideally with a background in experimental particle or nuclear physics
  • You have a hands-on attitude and feel comfortable to work on technical and engineering tasks
  • You feel good and stay motivated when working independently
  • You feel responsible for a thorough documentation of you work including the preparation of manuscripts for publication
  • A good level of English (C1) as working language in spoken and written is mandatory
  • Knowledge of German or willingness to 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.

Your employment contract is limited to 2 years.

For further information, please contact Dr Philipp Schmidt-Wellenburg, preferred via e-mail or phone +41 56 310 56 80.

Please submit your application online by 30 April 2023 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 3203-00).

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