PhD student in Applied Superconductivity EPFL

PhD Topic: Research and Development on Superconducting Magnets Based on High-Current Nb3Sn Rutherford Cables

Your tasks

We are looking for a motivated PhD candidate with a solid background in physics, interested in the R&D program of high-field dipole magnets suitable for constructing superconducting test facilities and accelerator magnets. The magnets are based on an innovative type of two-stage cable made of high Jc, Nb3Sn strands. The challenging project has a potential to open a new avenue towards the next generation of the accelerator-type magnets.

The successful candidate will prepare a short section of the high Jc cable with the support of an industrial partner, and characterize it in the SPC laboratory. The focus of the work is on the design, construction and test of a small prototype coil, retaining basic characteristics of a high field dipole magnet. The student will present his/her work in international conferences and report the results and findings in scientific journals.

Your profile

We require a University Degree (Master level) in either Physics or Engineering and good command of the English language. Experience in applied superconductivity or cryogenics is a valuable asset, though not a mandatory requirement.

We offer

PhD students are enrolled in the Physics Department of the School of Basic Sciences at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Salary and conditions of employment are according to the rules of EPFL for PhD students.
More information on the Thesis topic can be obtained from Dr. Xabier Sarasola, phone: +41 56 310 41 99, e-mail:

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