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 Catalytic Process Engineering group within the Laboratory for Sustainable Energy Carriers and Processes together with Energy System Integration Platform we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Fellow

Your tasks

  • You perform data acquisition using micro-GC, GC-FID, and GC-MS instruments on novel processes for sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) samples; data evaluation and interpretation in the context of pilot plant operations are part of your work
  • You will help understand catalyst activity, deactivation, and regeneration
  • You will publish the relevant results in leading scientific journals
  • Support work package leader in organizational and coordinational tasks
  • You perform method development for GC-based analytics
  • You report the analytical results in a clean and concise manner
  • Occasionally, you work in shift operation (up to 20% of the working hours)

Your profile

  • You hold a university / ETHZ PhD degree or university of applied science degree focusing on analytics of small organic molecules (e.g. metabolomics, environmental science, drug development) and have long-term experience
  • You have hands-on experience using micro-GC, GC-FID, and GC-MS instruments
  • You have sound skills in organization and coordination
  • You are fluent in English and at least advanced in German

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 Saša Bjelić, email:, phone +41 56 310 41 95.

Please submit your application online by 31 August 2024 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 5101-05).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Mariusz Prus, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland