Postdoctoral Fellow in detector development

08 Nov 2021
05 Dec 2021

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 Photon Science Detector Group we are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow in detector development 80% or more, flextime.

Your tasks

You will participate in the development of X-ray detectors for high photon energies based on high-Z sensors. You will test detector prototypes, analyze the data, and try to correlate the detector performance with the material property. You will be involved in the characterization of high-Z compound semiconductor sensors like GaAs, CdTe, CdZnTe and novel materials like perovskites. You perform experiments and beamtimes to characterize and optimize these detectors and take part in scientific pilot experiments.

Your profile 

  • You have a PhD degree in physics, electronic engineering or a subject related to solid state detectors
  • You have experience with radiation detectors, if possible using high-Z sensors
  • Skills in data analysis are required, preferably Root/C++ or Python
  • You are highly motivated, can work independently and strive to contribute with new ideas
  • You like to collaborate, enjoy teamwork and can clearly communicate in good English with people from different backgrounds

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. Anna Bergamaschi (, phone +41 56 310 32 27.

Please submit your application online by 5 December 2021 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow in detector development (index no. 6131-02).