Postdoctoral Fellow

Tuning Quantum Materials by Hydrostatic and Uniaxial Pressure

Your tasks

The project aims to develop new extreme-conditions capabilities for neutron scattering and muon spin spectroscopy experiments on quantum materials and to apply them for the study of exotic quantum phases. The project is a collaboration involving three Laboratories: Neutron and Muon Instrumentation, Muon Spin Spectroscopy and Theoretical and Computational Physics. In particular, the postdoctoral fellow will:

  • Perform research on frustrated magnets and other quantum materials, under hydrostatic and uniaxial pressure
  • Assemble, commission, and test new uniaxial pressure devices for neutron and muon instruments together with PSI engineers and technicians
  • Acquire and analyse complex data sets from scattering and resonance experiments (neutron, muon, NMR experiments)
  • Write and publish scientific articles and participate in national and international conferences

Your profile

  • PhD degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related field
  • Experience in the investigation of quantum materials
  • Experience in the development of scientific instrumentation and skills in handson work
  • Skills in neutron and/or muon and/or NMR techniques are desirable
  • Hydrostatic- or uniaxial-pressure expertise would be an asset
  • Good command of English is required, knowledge of German would be useful
  • You enjoy teamwork and possess excellent interpersonal skills

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 Gediminas Simutis, e-mail or phone +41 56 310 32 69.

Please submit your application online by 15 March 2024 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 3601-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Luca Simen, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland