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 Laboratory of Muon Spin Spectroscopy (LMU) we are looking for a

Scientist in elemental analysis

Your tasks

The availability of an experimental method for depth-resolved elemental analysis is required for a wide range of applications. LMU is developing the Muon-Induced-Xray-Emission (MIXE) technique to provide a bulk, depth-sensitive, and non-destructive elemental analysis method sensitive to basically all the elements. In this frame, your tasks will be:
  • Further development of the MIXE technique and operation of the MIXE Instrument GIANT
  • Research in the field of non-destructive elemental analysis
  • Scientific and technical support of users of the SMS facility
  • Publication of scientific results and supervision of students

Your profile

  • PhD degree in experimental physics
  • Strong background in instrumentation, data analysis and simulation of complex experimental setups
  • High proficiency in modern programming languages
  • Fluent command of written and spoken English
  • Used to working in a larger team and good organizational skills

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 Thomas Prokscha, phone +41 56 310 42 75 or Dr Alex Amato, phone +41 56 310 32 32.

Please submit your application online by 3 August 2024 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Scientist in elemental analysis (index no. 3502-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Sevil Minniti, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland