PhD Student (index no. 3702-01) in Villigen


The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore, about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether, PSI employs 2100 people.

For the Group Thin films and Interfaces we are looking for a

PhD Student

Atomic-Scale Transformations in Materials through Electron Microscopy

Your tasks

  • Brainstorm ideas and novel approaches
  • Gain deep understanding of materials science and electrochemistry
  • Work with the state-of-the-art aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy
  • Study the electrocatalytic behavior of materials
  • Collaborate with leading experts in microscopy and X-ray analysis
  • Prepare manuscripts and publish in scientific journals
  • Present your results at major scientific conferences worldwide
  • Be ready to conduct experiments at both the Paul Scherrer Institute and ETH Zurich

  • Offer Requirements


    Your profile

    We are looking for a motivated student who is curious about science and excited to work on challenging but highly rewarding scientific directions. We offer an engaging working environment, outstanding facilities (oxide epitaxy, aberration-corrected electron microscopy, synchrotron and neutron facilities) and a PhD-level education at ETH Zurich. A successful candidate should have a Master’s degree (or being close to its completion) in chemistry, physics, materials science, or related disciplines. We encourage applications from candidates with different and diverse backgrounds. Having a prior experience in one of these fields is a plus (though not necessary):

  • Inorganic chemistry and/or crystallochemistry/crystallography
  • Physical chemistry
  • Theory and theoretical physics or chemistry
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Electron microscopy
  • Electrochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • As a candidate, you should be fluent in both spoken and written English and be ready to present your results at major conferences worldwide. Striving for gender balance and equality, we are strongly encouraging female candidates to apply for this position.

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