PSI Career Return Program


You have been on a career break due to family commitments or mobility of your partner for at least 9 months. You hold a PhD degree in natural science up to five years after graduation or a master in engineering up to ten years after graduation and have gained relevant experience. Due to the on-site integration, you must live in Switzerland when you take up your position.

Additionally you are proficient in English and willing to learn German.
Fellowship duration
This program offers the possibility to work full- or part-time. The duration of the fellowship is limited to two years at the most, with a minimum work rate of 50%.
Application instruction
  • Contact a research group at PSI related to your research interest
  • Establish a research and career plan (max. 4 pages) together with this research group
  • Letter of Recommendation written by your contact person at PSI, which expresses the Fellow's support and research project
  • Apply until 30 April 2021 using our online portal with the following documents:
    • Motivation letter explaining the reasons for returning to work
    • Research and career plan
    • Letter of Recommendation from contact person at PSI
    • Updated CV incl. list of publications
    • Reference letters
    • Copy of diplomas
Selection Process
The selection process is conducted in two steps:
  • First the selection committee will choose suitable applicants until the end of May 2021
  • In a second step the selected applicants will be invited to present their research and career plan to the evaluation committee members at PSI around end of June 2021/beginning of July 2021
The first possible start of the fellowship will be August 2021.
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.