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 Calibration Laboratory Group in the Metrology Section of Department of Radiation Safety and Security we are looking for a

PhD Student in neutron reference fields for dosimetry and radiation protection

Your tasks

  • Conduct measurements using various neutron detection techniques to characterize the neutron fields produced by radionuclide sources in the PSI Calibration Laboratory
  • Use Monte Carlo simulations to model the neutron fields and to develop new thermal neutron calibration facility
  • Develop a method to evaluate the spatial and energy distribution of direct and backscattered neutrons and validate it using known neutron spectra from neutron spectrometric measurements and simulations
  • Present results at the conferences and publish in scientific journals

Your profile

  • Master’s degree in physics, nuclear engineering or environmental sciences
  • Hands-on experience preferably with neutron detection techniques
  • Experience with Monte-Carlo Simulation of advantage
  • Good command of the English language

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 Malgorzata Magdalena Kasprzak, phone +41 56 310 46 85.

Please submit your application online by 31 August 2024 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 9611-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Serdal Varol, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland