Physicist / Engineer

Paul Scherrer Institute

  • Switzerland
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  • Research facilities

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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.

The Accelerator Feedbacks and Measurement Systems Group is developing and operating high-end FPGA/SoC-based real-time feedback and measurement systems for different particle accelerators at PSI. For the next major PSI project, a state-of-the art low-emittance electron storage ring with 288m circumference called SLS (Swiss Light Source) 2.0 generating ultra-bright X-Rays, we are looking for a

Physicist / Engineer
FPGA/SoC Based Accelerator Beam Feedbacks

Your tasks
You will participate in the simulation, development, commissioning and operation of state-of-the-art FPGA/SoC based feedback systems to stabilize particle accelerator beams. This includes a new fast global orbit feedback for the SLS, where a redundant centralized FPGA/SoC based feedback processor will stabilize the electron beam position with 10+ kHz correction rate, using 100+ RF- and X-ray based position monitors and 100+ electromagnetic actuators. In collaboration with other physicists and engineers, you will develop and implement robust feedback and adaptive feed-forward algorithms as well as online and offline analysis software and models. You will participate in the characterization of the new measurement and feedback systems at the accelerator, including automated tuning of feedback parameters using e.g. machine learning techniques. You will also contribute to the operation, improvement and incremental upgrade of existing measurement and feedback systems.

Your profile
You are a physicist or engineer with a master or PhD degree and you have experience in the field of real-time feedbacks and digital signal processing, preferably for particle accelerators or comparable large-scale research or industrial systems. In addition you have several years of experience in implementing complex algorithms for embedded real-time systems in well-structured and maintainable C/C++ code, preferably also in VHDL. You are familiar with the technology and physics of particle accelerators including beam optics or you are able and willing to acquire this knowledge rapidly. You have at least basic knowledge of electronics and FPGA technology. Knowledge of MAD, Python, Matlab, Simulink, machine learning techniques, and the EPICS control system is a plus.

You are a hands-on person and enjoy applying your skills and knowledge to realize innovative and efficient solutions that work very reliably. Your excellent communication and organization skills, collaborative spirit and high flexibility enables you to work as a project team member, and as a leader of smaller sub-projects. You specify and delegate tasks to other team members or service groups. You enjoy being part of an interdisciplinary team of physicists, engineers and technicians, and you look forward to expanding your knowledge and skills beyond your present field of work.

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.
The employment contract will initially be limited to 3 years.

Paul Scherrer Institut
Human Resources Management,
Patrizia Meister,
5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland,

For further information please contact Dr Boris Keil, phone
+41 56 310 51 78.

Please submit your application online for the position as a

Physicist/ Engineer
(index no. 8231-00).

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