Ultrafast laser physics, nonlinear optics and condensed matter physics

Your tasks

  • Contribute to experiments using the femtosecond laser system at the soft-X-ray ATHOS line of the X-ray free electron laser SwissFEL as well as work in a team supporting operations at the existing hard-X-ray ARAMIS lines
  • Develop new capabilities for producing a range of wavelengths for experiments ranging from THz to UV, and also develop novel schemes for tailoring pump laser pulses for particular experiments
  • Pursue independent research in line with objectives of the facility

Your profile

  • You hold a PhD degree in physics or a related field and have specific familiarity with amplified femtosecond laser systems
  • You bring demonstrated experience in developing and using high-power femtosecond lasers for experimental work, preferably with a focus on ultrafast dynamics in condensed matter systems
  • Prior experience at working large-scale facilities is desirable, as is experience with integrating femtosecond lasers with X-ray spectroscopy and with a variety of nonlinear wavelength conversion methods to generate intense mid- and far-infrared (THz) radiation
  • Social competence is also important in this dynamic team environment
  • Good language skills in English are essential, knowledge of German is useful

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. This is a Tenure Track position. The employment contract will initially be limited to 3 years.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr Steven Johnson, phone +41 44 633 76 31.

Please submit your application online by 15 August 2019 (including motivation letter, CV, list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Scientist (index no. 6612-01).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Elke Baumann, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland