PhD Student (index no. 6516-00)

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Aug 2022

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 Quantum Materials Group at the Photon Science Division we are looking for a

PhD Student
Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering on two-dimensional quantum materials

Your tasks
Our research group specializes in investigations of electronic and magnetic properties of quantum materials with Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering (RIXS) and Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES). RIXS as a photon-in/photon-out spectroscopic method gives access to the low energy excitations directly related to the materials properties. These investigations cover a variety of quantum materials such as low dimensional systems, thin films of oxide heterostructures, and 3d- as well as 5d transition metal based compounds. As a PhD Student you will be registered at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) .

During your PhD studies projects your research activity will be on:

  • Studies of the spin, orbital and charge correlations of two-dimensional quantum materials with Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering (RIXS)
  • Investigation of single crystals and exfoliated layers of van der Waals materials
  • Spectroscopic investigation of these materials with the state-of-the-art RIXS spectrometer at the Advanced Resonant Spectroscopies (ADRESS) beamline at the SLS and at other synchrotron facilities worldwide
  • Pump-probe RIXS investigations at free-electron laser facilities

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