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. 

The High-Energy Physics Group at PSI is part of the CMS collaboration at the CERN LHC with leading contributions in detector development, operation and data analysis, where the main focus is on Standard Model and Higgs boson physics. The group is also playing an active role in the upgrade of the CMS detector for the High-Luminosity LHC and is responsible for the design and construction of the extended pixel system. 

For the High-Energy Physics group of the Laboratory for Particle Physics we are looking for a

PhD Student for particle physics research on the CMS experiment

Your tasks

In close cooperation with scientists, students and technicians at PSI as well as with collaborating groups your work will focus on
  • Data analysis in the field of Higgs physics
  • Software development for object and event reconstruction
  • Contributions to detector development activities, depending on mutual interest
  • Contributions to service work and operations within the CMS collaboration 
  • Participation in the graduate school and teaching activities at the University of Zurich

Your profile

  • Master degree or equivalent in physics with excellent grades 
  • High level of computing skills 
  • Proficiency in English 
  • Knowledge in Linux, C++, Python and ROOT is an 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.

For further information, please contact Lea Caminada, phone +41 56 310 52 34. 

Please submit your application online by 31 August 2024 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3202-01).

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