Group Leader: Materials Software and Data

SCD Division / Laboratory for Materials Simulations

Your tasks

You will work in an interdisciplinary, multinational research environment and collaborate with your team members and the PSI scientific community. Part of your responsibilities will be

  • to lead the Materials Software and Data group at PSI
  • to contribute to the development, integration, and dissemination of the computational capabilities required to understand, predict, and characterize materials as studied at PSI with photons, neutrons, muons and electrons
  • to provide support and access to these computational capabilities for the PSI science and user programs
  • to curate the computational data for structures, properties and spectra required to discover or design materials with novel or enhanced properties and performance
  • to perform your own research at the forefront of computational materials science

Your profile

  • PhD in physics or a similar domain
  • strong programming skills and capabilities in scientific languages, front-end web technologies, database systems
  • team leader with proven management and communication skills and a track record in funds acquisition and in working or leading other academic or industrial partners
  • capabilities to design new methods and tools
  • good written and spoken English
  • good written and spoken German or willingness to learn it

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 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. The position is on a tenure-track basis, leading to a permanent position after a successful evaluation after a maximum of 5 years.

For further information, please contact Prof. Nicola Marzari, E-Mail:

Please submit your application online by 31 December 2021 for the position as a Group Leader Materials Software and Data (Index No. 7301-00,, including a CV, application letter, research plans, publication list, and contact information for 3 references.

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, René Gröbli, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland