PhD Student

In fundamental muon physics to work on the search for a muon electric dipole moment

Your tasks

The search for the muon electric dipole moment, muEDM, started at PSI, searching for a signal of beyond-Standard-Model physics and testing lepton universality. You will setup and work on a precursor experiment demonstrating novel techniques and deploying for the first time the frozen-spin method.

You will study and design the layout of the pulse coil system inside the solenoid to experimental demonstrate muon storage in an orbit.

For this you will:
  • Study and design the magnetic pulse and corrections coils using FEM and participate in the design of the pulse forming electronics
  • Study eddy currents induced in the experimental setup
  • Participate in designing and testing of scintillator based decay positron detectors
  • Participate in the setup of the new experimental apparatus
The PhD project is located at PSI with graduation from ETH Zurich, Department of Physics, or University of Pisa.

Your profile

We seek a talented and ambitious candidate who is highly motivated to work on this innovative project in a newly founded research team and within an international collaboration.

  • Master degree in Physics
  • High interest in fundamental muon physics and experimental techniques
  • Practical experience in experimental work with accelerators or detectors is appreciated
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good programming skills are required
  • Good level of English (C1) as working language in spoken and written from 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.

For further information, please contact Dr Philipp Schmidt-Wellenburg, phone +41 56 310 56 80, e-mail:

Please submit your application online by 17 June 2022 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3203-02).

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