PhD position in the field of nonlinear X-Ray spectroscopy

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Paul Scherrer Institut
15 February, 2017


Paul Scherrer Institut Villigen
47° 31' 16.662" N, 8° 13' 8.6376" E

With the development of free electron laser (FEL) radiation sources a new area of X-Ray spectroscopy commenced. PSI explores and develops methods for nonlinear coherent optical/X-Ray experiments with the ultimate aim of applying these at the SwissFEL free electron laser facility which is planned to operate by the end of 2017. Within this project the candidate will be involved in experiments that can be performed at the synchrotron, in the Laser-laboratory and at FEL’s that contribute to an advanced understanding of nonlinear X-ray processes. A crucial indicator for comprehension of the relation between the optical and X-ray nonlinear spectroscopy is the magnitude of the underlying and competing processes. The candidate is embedded in our team that is responsible for the design and installation of the SwissFEL endstation(ES)–A, which is dedicated for research on time resolved studies on chemical systems in the X-ray regime. The project is in close collaboration with Prof. Thomas Feurer at the University Bern. The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research centre 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 1900 people. 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. For further information please contact Dr Gregor Knopp, phone +41 56 310 41 08 / gregor [dot] knopp [at] psi [dot] ch. Please submit your application online for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 1620-01). Paul Scherrer Institut Human Resources Management, Jacqueline Byland, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland

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