PhD Student

3D Magneto-mechanical Artificial Spin Systems

Your tasks

  • Manufacture 3D artificial spin systems using nanofabrication methods, including two photon laser lithography to create scaffolds and electron beam lithography to create origami structures
  • Characterise the magnetic properties with lab-based methods
  • Measure mechanical properties with lab-based methods
  • Measure the magnetic configurations with X-ray tomography at the Swiss Light Source at PSI
  • Develop models for the behaviour of the magneto-mechanical structures

Your profile

Excellent qualifications with a master degree in physics, material science, mechanical engineering or a related field and enjoy practical work. Knowledge of magnetism, mechanics, X-ray methods, and nanofabrication is beneficial. As an enthusiastic researcher you like team work and have a flexible approach to working between different laboratories.

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 Gavin Macauley, email, or Dr Valerio Scagnoli, email

Please submit your application online by 5 July 2021(including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3701-03).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Silja Giacomini-Diebold, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland