Atlanta, USA (first year) and Villigen PSI, Switzerland (second and third year)
In an experimental soft matter physics project we are exploring heterogeneous crystallization in colloidal suspensions. Colloids are nano- or micrometer-sized particles in suspension. Colloidal model systems will be used to explore heterogeneous crystallization of the colloidal particles on curved surfaces with tailored topology. The project aims for a detailed microscopic understanding of heterogeneous crystal nucleation and the limits for crystallization set by the curvature and topology of the seed surface, an aspect that is not covered by classical nucleation theory. A detailed understanding of heterogeneous crystal nucleation is relevant for a vast number of applications involving the manufacturing or use of crystalline materials. The project is a close collaboration of the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging with the Soft Condensed Matter Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA). For our project we are looking for a PhD Student in experimental physics
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.
You will be part of an international team involving the Laboratory of Neutron Scattering and Imaging at PSI as well as the Soft Condensed Matter Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA). The workplace will be at the Georgia Institute of Technology during the first year and at PSI during the second and third year of the PhD.
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.
You have a Master degree in physics or chemistry. Good knowledge in statistical physics, previous knowledge in soft condensed matter physics as well as experience with scattering methods and/or microscopy are desired. Furthermore, you enjoy both experimental and theoretical work. Written as well as spoken English is required.
Paul Scherrer Institute,
Human Resources Management,
5232 Villigen PSI,
Please submit your application online (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 3303-01).