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 group of “Emergent Quantum Matter in Layered Materials” at the Laboratory for Muon Spin Spectroscopy ( - a division of the PSI research department Condensed Matter Research with Neutrons and Muons) we are looking for an
Postdoctoral Fellow
Experimental Physicist
Your tasks
The position is available in the framework of the SNSF Starting Grant of Dr Zurab Guguchia. You will pursue research in the group of Dr Guguchia at the Laboratory for Muon Spin Spectroscopy on the exploration of unconventional correlated quantum phases of layered materials using state of the art instrumentation at large scale facilities (muons, neutrons) combined with powerful external tuning parameters such as pressure, strain, and magnetic field. The research includes many interesting topics, such as magnetically induced topological phases as well as superconducting pairing and the time-reversal symmetry breaking nature of charge order in kagome-lattice materials, non-BCS behaviours of superconductivity in transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD), unconventional magnetism in semiconducting TMDs, and more. You will broaden your experience and benefit from interactions with the local scientific environment and from the networking within international collaborations.
Your profile
You are highly motivated researcher with a doctoral degree in experimental condensed matter physics, who enjoys cracking challenging problems using both experimental and numerical approaches and have a strong proven scientific track record. You are a good communicator and like to work in a team. You have research experience with local magnetic probes e.g. muon-spin rotation and are familiar with instrumentation and data acquisition techniques, cryogenics and instrument control. Preferably, you are also familiar with neutron diffraction / scattering methods. Knowledge of uniaxial or hydrostatic pressure techniques would be of advantage.
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 Zurab Guguchia, phone +41 56 310 55 64 or email

Please submit your application online by 7 June 2023 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as an Experimental Physicist (index no. 3501-01).

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