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Accelerator physicist 80-100%

Paul Scherrer Institute
Villigen, Switzerland
Posting live until
16 May 2024

Job Details

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 2200 people.

PSI operates diverse particle accelerators, including the SwissFEL and the Swiss Light Source (SLS). The proton accelerators at PSI include the cancer therapy facility PROSCAN, as well as the high-intensity proton accelerator (HIPA) with the world’s most intense proton beam. The unit operation is responsible for the continuous operation of all four accelerator facilities from the main control room. For the group Operation HIPA we are looking for an Accelerator physicist 80-100%.

Your tasks

Your primary task will be the operation of the PSI accelerator facilities within a team of operators (70% shift duty, 3-shift-7-day operation). In addition, you will assume the role of developing and maintaining the control room software (30%) in coordination with the controls section. As part of your shift work, you will help within a team with the commissioning and optimization of accelerator operation, diagnose and handle operational problems, collaborate on beam physics program and operate the remote personal safety systems.

Your profile

  • Academic degree in physics or a related field;
  • Experience with Linux software development and maintenance;
  • Your flexible, responsive operation readiness, as well as good German and English skills complete your profile;
  • Ideally, you have already gained experience with shift work and have a willingness for continuous training.

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 Andreas Probst,, Tel. +41 56 310 50 17.

Please submit your application online for the position as Accelerator Physicist (index no. 8111-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Personalmanagement, Anna Fechtig, 5232 Villigen PSI, Schweiz,


The Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI, is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform world-class research in three main subject areas: matter and material; energy and the environment; and human health. By conducting fundamental and applied research, we work on long-term solutions for major challenges facing society, industry and science.

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