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 Detectors, Irradiation and Applied Particle Physics we are looking for a

PhD Student for the development of a detector for airborne measurements of particles related to Solar-Earth radiation

Your tasks

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD researcher in the domain of applied particle physics and detection technology to work on the project devoted to remote measurements of the particle radiation environment in the atmosphere. The project goal is to develop a portable sensor for neutral and charged energetic particles based on novel particle physics detection technologies. You will be responsible for detector construction and calibration. You will design and implement modeling and testing algorithms as well as system for conducting measurements in laboratory and in the field. You will also have the chance to participate in the real verification campaigns at different radiation environments. And you will present your scientific results at international conferences and in scientific journals.

Your profile

You have a Master’s degree in experimental physics or a related field with good handson experience in laboratory nuclear and particle physics instrumentation. You are skilled in writing software code. You have a creative personality, problem-solving skills and like working in an international team of technicians and scientists. A good command of English and the willingness to learn the local language German are required.

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 Wojciech Hajdas, phone +41 56 310 42 12 or Dr Malte Hildebrandt, phone +41 56 310 21 45.

Please submit your application online by 7 July 2024 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3206-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Luca Simen, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland