Friday, June 10, 2016

[NMR] PhD Position at PSI, Switzerland f#DNPNMR

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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.

The Polarized Target Group of the Laboratory for Scientific Developments andNovel Materials (LDM) has since many years been a leading group in developing and applying techniques of dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) in fields as diverse as particle physics, neutron scattering or magnetic resonance imaging. For the study and the further development of a novel method of DNP and its application in neutron science, we are seeking a highly motivated PhD Student
Development of a novel device for neutron polarization analysis

Your tasks
Your tasks will be to develop a neutron spin filter based on a novel method of dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) that uses optically excited triplet states in molecular crystals to polarize the nuclei of the filter sample. Various techniques will be used: lasers to excite the short lived triplet states, pulse EPR to characterize them, microwaves to drive the electron-nucleon transitions, NMR to measure the nuclear polarization, cryogenics to cool the sample. You will further employ the novel analyzer to perform neutron small angle scattering experiments with longitudinal polarization analysis in the field of magnetic materials.

Your profile
You have recently got a university degree in physics with excellent grades and you are a skillful and innovative experimentalist. Preferably, you have some practical expertise with lasers and/or NMR/EPR spectroscopy and neutron scattering techniques and enjoy working in a multidisciplinary environment. Team spirit and good communication skills in English and/or German are required.


The PhD studies will be done at the University of Basel, while the main part of the experimental research will be carried out at PSI.

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.

For further information please contact Dr Patrick Hautle, phone +41 56 310 32 10.

Please submit your application online including addresses of referees for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3604-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Nicole Fricker / Mara Kalt, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland


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