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 2000 people.
At the Department for Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology, we investigate the unique magnetic and electronic properties of surface-supported supramolecular arrays. For a new project on the self-assembly and magnetic order in such 2D metal-organic layers we are looking for a
Surface / Interface Science
You will study the structural and magnetic properties of supramolecular assemblies containing different metal-porphyrins and metal-phthalocyanines in the surface science laboratory at PSI (https://www.psi.ch/lmn/surface-science-lab) and at the X-treme beamline of the Swiss Light Source (https://www.psi.ch/sls/xtreme/xtreme).
Your main tasks are the following:
- Sample preparation and analysis in ultra-high vacuum (UHV) using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and X-Ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopies
- Planning, carrying out and participating in X-Ray experiments to study the magnetic properties of samples
- Collaborate on an international level with theoreticians and synthetic chemists
You are highly motivated and enjoy working in a small, interdisciplinary team. You hold a master’s degree in nanoscience, materials science, physics, physical chemistry or a related field. An interdisciplinary background is an advantage. Ideally you already have experience with surface science techniques and/or X-Eay spectroscopies. English communication skills are mandatory.
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.
You will be registered as a PhD student at the University of Basel where you shall also teach. The workplace will be the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen.
For further information please contact Prof. Dr Thomas Jung, phone +41 56 310 45 18 or Dr Jan Dreiser, phone +41 56 310 58 95.
Please submit your application online (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 6215-00).
Paul Scherrer Institut Human Resources Management, Jacqueline Byland, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland