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Physicist (Tenure Track)

The Paul Scherrer Institute is looking for a for a Physicist (Tenure Track) in the Detector Development Photon Science Division

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 23 Nov 2020
  • Switzerland | Paul Scherrer Institute
  • Date posted: 09 Nov 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Discipline: Computational science & software engineering 

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 postdocs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether, PSI employs 2100 people.

The Photon Science Detector group develops one- and two-dimensional high-speed X-ray detectors with frame rates of several kHz. These are used for experiments at the Swiss Light Source SLS and the SwissFEL- two of the most advanced X-ray radiation sources worldwide.

For the development of single photon counting hybrid pixel detectors and the development of the corresponding control software, we are looking for a Physicist (Tenure Track), Detector Development Photon Science Division.

Your tasks

  • Develop novel single photon counting detectors for use at synchrotrons.
  • Test, characterize and calibrate X-ray detectors.
  • Work on simulation of new detector concepts.
  • Support in-house developed single photon counting detectors.
  • Participate in cutting-edge pilot experiments of high scientific relevance, made possible by novel detector technology.
  • Collaborate in software development in C/C++ and Python for control, data acquisition and data analysis.

Your profile

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree in physics or related fields with extensive experience in the characterization and development of single photon counting hybrid pixel detectors. Knowledge in modern C++ and software engineering best practices is an advantage. In addition, you have experience in managing detector development projects. Familiarity with detector simulation and detector characterization for electron detection is also highly valued. You enjoy working in a team of scientific and technical staff, and are motivated to propose new initiatives in a stimulating international environment. Good language skills in English are essential, knowledge of German is useful.

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.

This is a Tenure Track position. The employment contract will initially be limited to three years.

For further information, please contact Dr Bernd Schmitt, phone +41 56 310 23 14.

Please submit your application online by 23 November 2020 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Physicist (Tenure Track) (index no. 6114-02).


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