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Beamline Scientist

 — Villigen PSI

Beamline Scientist

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 Materials Science Group, also operating the Materials Science Beamline at the Swiss Light Source, we are looking for a
Beamline Scientist
Diffraction for Condensed Matter
Your tasks
  • Operate and develop the Surface Diffraction station, equipped with a 5-circle diffractometer, mainly performing diffraction in reflection condition
  • Develop a personal scientific research program based on advanced X-Ray scattering techniques on films/single crystals, such as resonant X-Ray diffraction, pump-probe techniques or extreme conditions sample environments
  • Support and implement a joint user program with SwissFEL groups for the characterization of materials at different time scales, also with non-synchrotron-based sources
Your profile
  • PhD degree in Physics, Materials Science or related subject
  • Experience in running experiments at large-scale facilities
  • Solid scientific research experience with diffraction methods
  • Programming skills, experience with time-resolved experiments (pump-probe) are considered advantages
  • Excellent communication skills in English and strong organizational skills for being proactive across multiple research initiatives in an interdisciplinary environment
We seek for a motivated and dynamic person, able to push technical and scientific boundaries. You will become part of a vibrant research environment, using state of the art instrumentation to perform your own and collaborative research on condensed matter systems. In your position as instrument responsible for the Surface Diffraction station of the Materials Science beamline at the Swiss Light Source synchrotron, you will collaborate strongly with different groups based at PSI's large-scale facilities to investigate the interplay between structural, electronic and magnetic orders, under static or dynamic perturbations. You will lead the further development of the end-station to answer present and future questions in Materials Science.
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 three years.

For further information, please contact Dr Nicola Casati, phone +41 56 310 53 46.

Please submit your application online by 14 March 2021 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Beamline Scientist (index no. 6311-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Elke Baumann, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland