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PhD Student 100%

Paul Scherrer-Institut (PSI)

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PhD Student 100%


The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research centre 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 1900 people.

The Thin Films & Interfaces Group, which is part of the Research with Neutrons and Muons Division, is working on the development, characterization, and processing of functional materials, often with photon-based methods, especially for renewable energy applications. One of the main topics is the deposition of thin functional oxide films by laser-based methods and spectroscopy during deposition. The aim of this project is to deposit photocatalytically active thin films, which are applied for water splitting. This project is a PSI-CROSS project, which involves several research groups in different research divisions.

For the Thin Flims & Interfaces Group we are looking for a

PhD Student
in situ spectroscopy at solid-liquid interfaces during photo-electrochemical water splitting
Your tasks
  • Research in the field of thin film deposition of oxynitride materials for solar light-driven water splitting
  • Structural, morphological and chemical characterization of the thin films
  • Evaluation of the photo-electrochemical properties of the thin films
  • Investigation of the electronic structure of functionalized oxynitride surfaces under operating conditions by in situ grazing angle X-Ray absorption spectroscopy at the synchrotron radiation source at PSI, with a possibility to be also involved in neutron reflectometry studies
  • Collaboration within the interdepartmental research teams at PSI
  • Carry out a PhD thesis on the above mentioned topics and publish the relevant results
Your profile
You hold a master in chemistry, physics or material science. We are looking for a student with interest in doing experimental work and interdisciplinary team spirit. This position requires good communication skills in both, German and English. Experience in programming (LabVIEW) would be an asset and basic knowledge in (photo-) electrochemistry, analytical techniques, thin films, vacuum techniques, and/or thin film analysis is advantageous.
We offer
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 practical work will mainly be carried out at PSI, but the PhD thesis will be officially acquired at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ).

For further information please contact Dr Daniele Pergolesi, phone +41 56 310 42 76 or Prof. Dr Thomas Lippert, phone +41 310 40 76.

Please submit your application online (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3702-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Nicole Fricker / Mara Kalt, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland

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