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Postdoc Ultrafast FEL Science

80% or more, flextime | Villigen (Switzerland)

Salary is not negotiable (determined by salary system)


Your new role

As creative minds interested in ultrafast research on material functions, you and your colleagues plan and realize ultrafast experiments using optical and Free Electron X-ray Lasers. You investigate the measurement and control of ultrafast wave packets in molecular materials during optical excitations. Your responsibilities include developing ultrafast laser sources to control optical excitations. As part of a multinational collaboration project, you interpret your experimental results.

Curious about project details? Please reach out to Henrik Lemke, PhD, at +41 56 310 49 82.

Are you interested in this 2-year post-doctoral fellowship? Please apply by 8 August 2021 and include a list of your publications and references with their contact details. The index no. for this position is 6316-01.

This job is for you if

  • You look forward to using your PhD knowledge in physics, chemistry, or engineering to implement new experiments together with our team.

  • You have experience either setting up hardware and software for ultrafast pump-probe experiments or applying X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy techniques.

  • You feel comfortable taking the initiative in and engaging with an interdisciplinary, multinational research environment.

About Us

Join the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences in Switzerland! At the Paul Scherrer Institute, people come together from across the globe to collaborate on ground-breaking research in different fields. Our mission: to find sustainable solutions to fundamental questions facing society, science, and the economy.

Company culture

People from multicultural backgrounds and as many as 60 nations work together at the PSI, enriching the local culture with a cosmopolitan way of life. One in four of our 2,100 staff are completing their vocational training, post-doctoral or post-graduate studies. To foster professional and personal growth for all, we have created a diverse research environment that promotes inclusion and equal opportunities at all levels. These values inform our hiring process.

What we offer

  • Flextime
  • A minimum of 5 weeks of paid annual leave and a loyalty bonus every 5 years
  • Daycare on site and generous child and education allowances
  • Above-mandatory paid leave for parents-to-be
  • Tailored personal-development opportunities and advice for dual career partners of PSI employees
  • Above-mandatory occupational benefits, accident insurance, and paid sick leave that includes recovery from accident injuries

Our Recruitment process

Anita Bleiker

Anita Bleiker, Human Resources Specialist, is happy to answer your questions about the job or the team at +41 56 310 26 80 or via email.

Step 1 – Apply online, and we'll confirm right away.
Step 2 – If we feel you could be a good fit, we'll invite you to join us for an interview at PSI.
Step 3 – To learn more about each other, you will meet with our selection committee and human resources management. We give feedback soon after.
Step 4 – Should we have more questions, we'll request a second interview or contact references. We give feedback soon after.
Step 5 – Once we have a unanimous decision, we'll offer you a contract!

Apply now


Paul Scherrer Institut, Forschungsstrasse 111, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland, https://www.psi.ch