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Head of the Laboratory for Femtochemistry (at PSI) and Professor of Physical Chemistry (at EPFL) 100%

Paul Scherrer-Institut (PSI)

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Head of the Laboratory for Femtochemistry (at PSI) and Professor of Physical Chemistry (at EPFL) 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 2000 people.

EPFL is a leading university with strong emphasis on basic sciences, engineering and life sciences. Research within its School of Basic Sciences includes chemical physics, ultrafast spectroscopy and photonics.

We are looking for a person for the joint position of

Head of the Laboratory for Femtochemistry (at PSI) and Professor of Physical Chemistry (at EPFL)

The Challenge

As Professor of Physical Chemistry, you will promote collaboration in your field with other Laboratories and Centres at EPFL. The education of scientists in physical chemistry and related areas in biology and physics is important for a wide variety of industries from pharmacology to energy. We are looking for a person with interests and abilities to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and direct Master and PhD students in their research.

As Head of the Laboratory for Femtochemistry (LSF) in the Photon Science Division of PSI, you will exploit and develop the large electron accelerator-based photon sources SwissFEL and SLS (Swiss Light Source) for applications to high-speed atomic, molecular and condensed matter science. This entails leadership of research, as well as the design, construction and operation of beam lines for external user experiments in addition to in-house PSI and EPFL projects.

SwissFEL is a new facility which will be commissioning both X-ray and XUV lasers over the next four years, and it is planned for SLS to be replaced by a ultralow emittance ring (SLS2,0) immediately thereafter. The Head of LSF will thus have major input into instrumentation choices.

For this demanding but highly rewarding task we are seeking a person of international standing in high-speed optical control and spectroscopy, with a strong interest in extending such techniques through the exploitation of next generation synchrotrons and free electron lasers. Proven leadership and the ability to motivate people are essential requirements.


Applications including cover letter, curriculum vitae, publications list, concise statement of research and teaching interests as well as the names and addresses (including email) of at least five references should be submitted as a single PDF file via the website

by September 1st, 2016.

Questions should be addressed to:

Prof. Gabriel Aeppli (syn.bl.admin@psi.ch), Head of the Photon Science Division of PSI and/or

Prof. Thomas Rizzo
(T homas.Rizzo@epfl.ch), Dean of the School of Basic Sciences at EPFL.

For additional information on EPFL and PSI, please consult: http://www.epfl.ch or http://www.psi.ch.

The PSI and EPFL actively aim to increase the presence of women amongst its faculty and staff, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please use the above mentioned link to apply for the job.