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Postdoc Soft X-ray Ptychography

80% or more, flextime | Villigen (Switzerland)

Salary is not negotiable (determined by salary system)


Your new role

Together with your team in the Microspectroscopy Group, you collaborate on the soft X-ray ptychography project at the Swiss Light Source. Cooperating with both internal and external partners, you carry out research work using ptychography-based X-ray microscopy and spectroscopy at the nanoscale. You conduct experiments on systems such as magnetic nanostructures for spintronic applications and functional nanomaterials.

Curious about project details? Please reach out to Jörg Raabe, PhD, at +41 56 310 51 93.

If you are interested in this 2-year postdoctoral fellowship, please apply by 5 July 2021 and include a list of your publications and references with their contact details. The index no. for this position is 6315-00.

This job is for you if

  • You find the idea of supporting an energetic, interdisciplinary, and cross-national team with your PhD knowledge in experimental physics, electrical engineering, materials science, or a related area, motivating.

  • You enjoy developing and working hands-on on experimental setups and adapting existing Matlab, C, or Python code to explore and interpret large datasets

  • You have some initial experience using ptychography – or another lens-less imaging technique.

  • You are interested in magnetism, functional nanomaterials, or X-ray microscopy.

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