Analytical chemist/Chemical engineer

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, postgraduates or apprentices. Altogether, PSI employs 2100 people.

The nuclear facility Hotlab (HL) of PSI is operated by the Department Hot Laboratory (AHL), which is assigned to the Nuclear Energy and Safety Division (NES) as an independent organizational unit. The PSI Hotlab is the only Swiss laboratory authorized by the Swiss safety authorities to handle large quantities of radioactive materials and to provide scientific services to both commercial as well as research partners.

To reinforce our Analytics Radioactive Materials group of AHL we are looking for an/a

Analytical chemist/Chemical engineer

in the area of the chemical analysis of gasses, solutions and solids for the determination of isotopes and its ratios by means of MC-ICP-MS attached with an Electron Beam Ion Source (EBIS)

Your tasks

  • Responsible equipment manager for laser ablation, MC-ICP-MS and EBIS
  • Development, design and construction of new analysis methods for the quantification of isotopes in radioactive materials by mass spectrometry
  • Participation in national and international scientific projects (e.g. waste management, half-life determination of long-lived radionuclides)
  • Independent management of subprojects
  • Presentation of the results in international conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals

Your profile

You have a higher education in chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field plus some years of experience in ICP-MS applications. Furthermore, you have expertise in inorganic chemistry, preferably for radioactive materials applications. Consequently working in controlled zones with glove boxes and protected cells is not an obstacle for you. Additionally, your personal responsibility and your independent work belong to your properties as well as to promote advances of protracted processes and operations, do not discourage you. Concluding, you possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and a good command of English. German language skills in speaking and written form would be an advantage.

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 Matthias Martin, phone +41 56 310 41 79.

Please submit your application online by 31 May 2022 for the position as an/a Analytical chemist/Chemical engineer (index no. 4303-00).

published: 09 May 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.