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.
With the development of free electron laser (FEL) radiation sources a new area of X-Ray spectroscopy commenced. PSI explores and develops methods for nonlinear coherent optical/X-Ray experiments with the ultimate aim of applying these at the SwissFEL free electron laser facility which is planned to operate by the end of 2017.
For this project we are looking for a
In the field of nonlinear X-Ray spectroscopy
Within this project the candidate will be involved in experiments that can be performed at the synchrotron, in the Laser-laboratory and at FEL’s that contribute to an advanced understanding of nonlinear X-Ray processes. Your tasks are the following:
- Planning, performing and participation at X-Rray absorption and emission experiments
- Evaluation of one- and two-photon absorption cross sections in the X-Ray
- Feasibility study and preparation for optical + X-Ray photon experiments
- Exploring the relation between TPA and the third order susceptibility in the X-Ray regime to determine the strength of other nonlinear X-Ray spectroscopies (4WM)
- Higher education in Physics
- Experience with Laser- and/or X-Ray spectroscopy
- Strong background and interest in ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy and X-Ray techniques
- Good knowledge of English
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 project is in collaboration with Prof. Thomas Feurer at the University Bern, who will also supervise the thesis.
For further information please contact Dr Gregor Knopp, phone +41 56 310 41 08.
Please submit your application online (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 1620-01).
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