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 Solid State Structures Group we are looking for a

Scientist in Neutron Diffraction (Tenure Track)

Your tasks

  • Responsibility for and development of the recently upgraded neutron diffractometer DMC, and support of the external user program in diffraction
  • Leading an independent research program on solid state materials using neutron scattering, e.g. quantum, energy, and/or functional materials, crystallography, or solid-state chemistry
  • You will acquire third-party funds for executing research, instrumentation and/or computational projects
  • You will publish the results of your research in peer-reviewed journals, and present your findings at conferences and workshops

Your profile

  • You hold a PhD degree in experimental physics, chemistry, material sciences or another related field and have comprehensive experience in diffraction techniques
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in the following areas is advantageous:
- Neutron diffraction experimentation (single crystal and/or powder samples), data analysis and data refinement
- Comprehension and application of state-of-the-art symmetry analysis tools
- Proficiency in digital competencies applied to diffraction
- Experience in performing simulations of neutron scattering instrumentation
  • You are fluent in English, display good communication skills, and enjoy working in a team-oriented interdisciplinary environment

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 Jonathan White , phone +41 56 310 42 84 or email

Please submit your application online by 6 August 2024 for the position as a Scientist in Neutron Diffraction (Tenure Track) (index no. 3301-02).

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