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17.06.2019 - 21.06.2019, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) at DESY , Hamburg, Germany
21.06.2019 - 26.06.2019, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA


New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Fabrizio Carbone and Ursula Keller (with Sasha Landsman and Cornelia Hofmann)
Proof of concept ERC Grant for Rachel Grange Automated super-resolution polarimetric nonlinear microscope (PolarNon)
Majed Chergui wins RSC Liversidge Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Peter Hamm, Majed Chergui, Urs Staub, Steve Johnson, Jörg Standfuss and Gebhard Schertler
The FP-RESOMUS Grant Agreement- now signed by the ETH Zürich and the European Commission
Cluster of Excellence RESOLV extended- our partner in FP-RESOMUS and the biannual Science and Gender Meetings
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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.

PSI - Postdoctoral Fellow - Ultrafast science in condensed matter

Your job

You will investigate the ultrafast dynamics of electronic, magnetic and structural properties in materials. A prerequisite for these studies, the detailed static properties of the materials have also to be determined. The goal is to understand the different basic interaction in solids and how they determine the dynamical properties. Experiments to study the dynamics are based on ultrafast pump probe setups including the use of X-Rays as a probe.

For this purpose, you will perform ultrafast pump-probe experiments, in particular using X-Ray scattering and X-Ray spectroscopies as a probe. Static experiments are performed at the Swiss Light Source (SLS) at the Paul Scherrer Institut and ultrafast dynamics will be studied at X-Ray free electron laser sources, such as SwissFEL at PSI, the LCLS (Stanford, USA), SACLA (Japan) or the Eu-XFEL in Hamburg. These investigations will be in close collaboration with colleagues of other groups in and outside of PSI.

Your profile

You have a PhD degree in physics and enjoy working in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment. You want to understand physics of complex oxides on the atomic level and its ultrafast dynamics and you can easily integrate yourself in a team. Expertise with fs lasers will be of advantage. A good command of English is required.

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.

Your employment contract is limited to 2 years.
For further information please contact Dr Urs Staub, phone +41 56 310 44 94.

Please submit your application online (including list of publications and addresses of referees) by 17 March 2019 for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 6313-03).

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