PhD Students

In the field of radiochemistry, focusing on the chemical characterization of transactinides

Your tasks

The reserach focus of our group is the chemical characterization of transactinide elements. While the development as well as preliminary studies are mainly performed at the Paul Scherrer Institute, we collaborate with international partner institutions from Russia, Japan, Germany, the United States and China for the accelerator-based transactinide experiments. The task of your PhD thesis at the ETH Zurich will be the advancement of fast and efficient gas-adsorption chromatographic separation methods. The aim of this further development is the first unambiguous chemical characterization of the element nihonium at the one-atom-at-a-time level, using latest radioanalytical detection technology. Not only will you be actively supported by an experienced and motivated team at PSI, but you will also benefit from a wide range of courses offered at ETH Zurich. According to the guidelines of the ETH Zurich, you will complete certain teaching activites within the framework of student labs and you are additionally required to provide proof of 12 credit points at the end of your doctoral thesis.

Your profile

Our basic research topic in the field of radiochemistry and inorganic chemistry is often carried out between chemistry and physics. Thus, in addition to a profound knowledge of chemistry, further knowledge in physics is an advantage. Furthermore, technical skills and the joy of experimental laboratory work should be part of your abilities. Additionally, you are motivated, orderly and have a precise way of working. To facilitate the writing of publications and your doctoral thesis, a good English level is required. The evaluation of our research results is considerably simplified by the ability to program. Hence, if you do not have any previous knowledge in this area, learning a programming language is very welcome.

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 Patrick Steinegger, phone +41 56 310 44 89.

Please submit your application online by 8 November 2020 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 4701-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut Human Resources Management, Melina Spycher, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland