PhD Student Position in Engineering Sciences

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 matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. 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 2100 people.

For the Spectroscopy Group in the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging we are looking for a

PhD Student

Magnetic and structural frustration in fluoride pyrochlores

Your tasks

  • Use scattering techniques, primarily diffuse and inelastic neutron scattering, to experimentally investigate correlated structural and magnetic disorder and spin and lattice dynamics in known and new fluoride pyrochlores
  • Develop numerical models of our observations
  • Collaborate with theoreticians (modelling) and chemists (materials discovery and characterization)
  • Publish results in scientific journals and present findings at scientific meetings

Your profile

  • Master degree in physics, chemistry, or materials science
  • Knowledge of neutron/X-Ray scattering and/or numerical simulation of magnetism and/or lattice dynamics is preferred
  • High level of proficiency in numerical data analysis and/or computer simulation
  • Able to work independently in a collaborative and interdisciplinary research team
  • Willing to regularly travel internationally 
  • Good communication skills in English

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.

The experimental and numerical work will be at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen under the supervision of Dr Tom Fennell, the PhD degree will be awarded by the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof. Dr Christian Rüegg.

For further information please contact Dr Tom Fennell, phone +41 56 310 32 13.
Please submit your application online (including addresses of referees) by 8 March 2019 for the position as PhD Student (index no. 3302-01).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Jeanine Gehrig,  5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland

Apply online now