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 soft X-ray branch Athos at SwissFEL we are looking for an

Instrument Scientist (Tenure Track)
Ultrafast atomic, molecular and non – linear science at the Maloja endstation
Your tasks
  • Contribute to the development and user operation of SwissFEL’s experimental station "Maloja" which is dedicated to ultrafast and intense soft X-ray sciences
  • Develop an independent research program in the wider area of ultrafast dynamics, single-shot imaging, or non-linear X-ray science with applications in atomic, molecular and optical physics or chemical sciences
  • Advance instrumentation, experimental techniques, or analysis tools for XFEL applications
  • Coordinate work with internal and external collaborators
Your profile
As a successful candidate, you hold a PhD degree in physics, in chemistry, or in a related field. You have research experience in a scientific domain related to the "Maloja" endstation program, including but not limited to non-linear X-ray sciences, ultrafast chemical dynamics, attosecond spectroscopy, single-shot diffractive imaging. Hands-on experience in planning and commissioning of new instrumentation as well as developing data analysis routines will be relevant. You enjoy working at a scientific user facility in an interdisciplinary, multinational team with scientific and technical members. You have excellent communication skills in English. Knowledge of the local language German would be an additional 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.

This is a Tenure Track position. The employment contract will initially be limited to 3 years.

For further information, please contact Dr Kirsten Andrea Schnorr, phone +41 56 310 27 86.

Please submit your application online by 1 March 2024 (including list of publications, a research statement and addresses of 3 references) for the position as an Instrument Scientist (Tenure Track) (index no 6415-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Elke Baumann, Forschungsstrasse 111, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland