Postdoctoral Fellow

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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.

For the Spectroscopy of Novel Materials group working at the Swiss Light Source SLS synchrotron radiation facility in our institute we are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow on heterostructure based materials for quantum computing

Your tasks

Extending the nowadays semiconductor technology, novel heterostructure systems such as superconductor or magnetic materials interfaced with strong spin-orbit coupling semiconductors can exhibit novel quantum phenomena, for example, formation of Majorana fermions bearing strong potential for applications in qubits. The central aim of the project is to explore fundamental physics of such heterostructure systems with advanced synchrotron radiation based spectroscopies as the fundamental basis for their potential applications in quantum computing. The spectroscopic backbone of the project will be soft-X-Ray spin- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy ARPES which is a novel experimental technique delivering most detailed information about electronic structure of buried interfaces resolved in electron spin and momentum. You will conduct these experiments at the Advanced Resonant Spectroscopies ADRESS beamline of the SLS which is presently the worldwide highest brilliance source of soft-X-Rays allowing you the most advanced research on heterostructures. Furthermore, you will be involved in research of quantum materials with a variety of other methods such as low-energy ARPES of surfaces, grazing-incidence X-Ray diffraction, magnetic reflectonmetry and more. You will be embedded in an enthusiastic scientific community investigating various solid-state systems with different experimental techniques including low-energy ARPES, muon spectroscopy, X-Ray and neutron scattering. During the analysis and interpretation of your experimental data you will actively interact with in-house and external theoreticians.

Your profile

You have completed a PhD degree in solid state physics or materials science. You have a good theoretical knowledge in fundamental solid state physics and hands-on experience with experimental instrumentation. You are familiar with photoelectron or related spectroscopic techniques. Experience in physics of thin films as well as pulsed laser deposition or molecular beam epitaxy growth will be an advantage. You are interested in operating and instrumental development of advanced synchrotron radiation instrumentation and enjoy working within a motivated scientific team as well as with external users. Excellent skills of communication in English are essential in the international environment of SLS.

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 1 year. An extension for another year can be possible depending on your performance.

For further information, please contact Dr Vladimir Strocov, phone +41 56 310 53 11, e-mail or Prof Dr Gabriel Aeppli, phone +41 56 310 42 32, e-mail

Please submit your application online by 30 November 2020 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 6312-02).

Human Resources Management, Anita Bleiker, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland

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