Postdoctoral Fellow

To search for the muon electric dipole moment using the frozen spin technique at PSI

Your tasks

An international initiative lead by scientists at PSI is preparing the first dedicated search for a muon electric dipole moment (muEDM) with unprecedented sensitivity employing the frozen spin method. The position is part of a project that has been selected in the ERC consolidator grant competition 2021 for funding.

Your task will be to setup a start-to-stop Monte Carlo simulation of the experiment. By using machine-learning algorithm, you optimize the design for highest sensitivity and find the best operation parameters. For the technical design of the instrument, you will setup a multi physics finite element model of the experiment.

As experienced postdoctoral fellow, you will support the PhD research projects by advising and helping on DAQ, programming, and hardware questions.

Your profile

We seek a talented and ambitious person who is highly motivated to work on this outstanding project, willing to lay the groundwork for an exciting new measurement in particle physics within a new international collaboration.

  • You hold a PhD in physics ideally with a background in particle or nuclear physics
  • You have very good programming skills and experience in using Monte Carlo and multiphysics simulation software package like Geant4 or COMSOL multiphysics
  • You are excited about the prospect to use machine learning tools to optimize the design and operation parameters of the experiment
  • You feel good and stay motivated when working independently
  • You feel responsible for a thorough documentation of you work including the preparation of manuscripts for publication
  • A good level of English (C1) as working language in spoken and written is mandatory
  • Knowledge of German or willingness to quickly learn German is a plus

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.

Your employment contract is limited to 2 years.

For further information, please contact Dr Philipp Schmidt-Wellenburg, preferred via E-mail philipp.schmidt-wellenburg@psi.ch or phone +41 56 310 56 80.

Please submit your application online by 31 May 2022 (including addresses of at least 2 reference persons) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 3203-00).

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