PhD fellowship / Development of a novel neutron spin filter

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The following PhD fellowship is currently available at the Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI, Switzerland: 

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 

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 study the integration of the spin filter within neutron focusing devices in order to optimize its efficiency for applications in neutron science. The optimization tool will be the Monte-Carlo ray-tracing software McStas. 

You have recently got a university degree in physics with excellent grades and you are a skilful and innovative experimentalist. You preferably have some practical expertise with lasers and/or NMR/EPR spectroscopy or radio frequency techniques in general and enjoy working in a multidisciplinary environment. Some programming skills in C (or comparable programming language) would be beneficial. Team spirit and good communication skills in English and/or German are required. 

Please submit your application online

For further information please contact Dr Patrick Hautle (Email:, phone +41 56 310 32 10) 

The Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI, is with 1500 employees the largest research centre 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. 


Dr. Patrick Hautle

Paul Scherrer Institut

Laboratory for Developments and Methods (LDM) 


CH-5232 Villigen PSI


phone: +41 56 310 3210

fax: +41 56 310 3294



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