PhD Student In fundamental physics to work on the n2EDM experiment

Jan 31, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
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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 future technologies, energy and climate, health innovation and fundamentals of nature. 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 2200 people.

For UCN Physics group we are looking for a

PhD Student In fundamental physics to work on the n2EDM experiment

Your tasks

A new project to search for a neutron electric dipole moment – n2EDM – started at PSI, searching for a signal of beyond-Standard-Model physics. The new experimental apparatus is being set up at the ultracold neutron source. You will work on the setup of the experiment and participate with specific tasks to the commissioning of all components, with emphasis on neutronics modeling with MC simulations. You will take an important role in the first data taking of the n2EDM experiment, in particular in polarization and energy-spectrum analyses with magnetometry techniques. The PhD project will be performed at PSI with graduation from ETH Zurich, Department of Physics.

Your profile

We seek a talented and ambitious candidate who is highly motivated to work on this competitive project in a well-established research team, and within an international collaboration.

  • Master degree in Physics
  • High interest in fundamental physics and motivation to work on an exceptional experiment
  • Practical experience in experimental work and hardware setup will be considered as an asset
  • Very good programming skills are required
  • Good level of English as working language in spoken and written form is mandatory
  • Knowledge of German or willingness to quickly learn German is a plus
  • Flexible and multitasking work attitude
  • Ability to work independently

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.

For further information, please contact Dr. Geza Zsigmond, phone +41 56 310 35 69 preferably by

Please submit your application online by 31 January 2023 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3204-01).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Silja Giacomini-Diebold, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland