Teaching and Education

Schools for Postgraduate and Master Students

The NUM division is deeply involved in the organization of several schools on different levels of education, e.g.:
  • PSI Master School: annual school and practical training on the level of Master students and at best PhD students with the focus on the use of photons, neutrons and muons for condensed matter research
  • PSI summer school on particle physics: biennial school on the level of PhD students and PostDocs on dedicated topics from the field of particle physics
  • MaMaSELF: NUM is a partner institution in the Erasmus Mundus Program MaMaSELF that aims at teaching the application of "Large scale facilities" for the characterisation and development of materials.
  • HERCULES: Several NUM staff members regularly give lectures at the European School on Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation for condensed matter studies, HERCULES.

Practical training courses

NUM provides various practical training courses and "hands on sessions" at SINQ and SμS in collaboration with ETH Zurich, EPF Lausanne, University of Basel, Copenhagen University and Danish Technical University. For further information please contact us regarding SINQ courses or SμS courses.

Particle Physics Practical Course: Thanks to the collaboration with PSI, it is possible to offer students of the University Zürich, ETH Zürich and the University of Heidelberg the unique opportunity to experiment with real beams (primarily pions and muons) using the world's most intense proton beam. The students learn how to build a small, real experiment, including apparatus design, construction as well as data-taking and the final statistical analysis.

Bachelor and Master projects

The NUM division offers students the possibility to do their educational research at our facilities. For current open positions targeted at Bachelor or Master students please consult the webpages of the different NUM laboratories. Further general information may be obtained here.

PhD students

The NUM division offers numerous positions for PhD students in the various laboratories and divisions. Please have a look at the current job openings. NUM-related positions start with a "3" as first digit of the index number. For further information, please contact us.

Seminars and colloquia

The seminars organized by NUM can be found in the PSI event calendar. In addition the NUM and the SYN division organize the dedicated condensed matter colloquium.


Several of our staff members give lectures at various universities, as summarized here:
NUM unit Name Title of the lecture Institution
NUM C. Rüegg Master and PhD Program University of Geneva
LTP A. Antognini, P. Schmidt-Wellenburg Low energy particle physics ETH Zurich
LTP K. Kirch Nuclear and Particle Physics with Applications ETH Zurich
LTP K. Kirch Physik II ETH Zurich
LTP U. Langenegger, L. Caminada Experimental Methods and Instruments of Particle Physics ETHZ and Univ. Zurich
LTP A. Signer Mathematical Methods of Physics I Univ. Zurich
LTP A. Signer Mathematical Methods of Physics II Univ. Zurich
LTP A. Signer Quantum Mechanics II Univ. Zurich and ETH Zurich
LTP A. Signer Advanced Field Theory Univ. Zurich and ETH Zurich
LTP M. Spira Colloquia in Elementary Particle Physics PSI
LTP M. Spira Phenomenology of Physics Beyond the Standard Model ETH Zurich
LMU A. Amato Physics with Muons: From Atomic Physics to Solid State Physics Univ. Zurich
LNS U. Gasser Soft Condensed Matter Explored Using Light- and Neutron Scattering University of Konstanz, DE
LNS A. Kaestner Micro and Nano-Tomography of Biological Tissues ETH Zurich
LNS M. Kenzelmann, F. Nolting (SYN) Advanced materials and their applications University of Basel
LNS C. Niedermayer Kern- und Elementarteilchenphysik University of Konstanz, DE
LNS O. Zaharko Neutron Scattering Erasmus Mundus Master School - MaMaSELF
LMX L. Heyderman Materials Characterisation Methods ETH Zurich
LMX T. Lippert, C. Schneider Inorganic Thin Films Processing, Properties and Applications ETH Zurich, spring semester
LMX T. Lippert Micro- and Nanostructures Laser Applications in Industry and Research ETH Zurich, fall semester
LMX T. Lippert Functional Inorganics ETH Zurich, spring semester
LSM P. Derlet Spring pro-seminar course on “Projects in Statistical Thermodynamics” ETH Zurich, 327-0410-00L
LSM P. Derlet Powder technology (part of the course) EPF Lausanne, MSE-462, fall semester
LSM C. Mudry Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics ETH Zurich / spring semester
LSM S. Pelloni, K. Mikityuk Special Topics in Reactor Physics ETH Zurich / fall semester
LSM A. Adelmann Particle Accelerator Modelling 1 & 2 (PAM-1, PAM-2) ETH Zurich / fall and spring semester