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Head of the Division of Large Research Facilities at PSI and Professor of Particle Accelerator Physics at EPFL

Closing Date
WorkplaceLausanne and Willigen, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland
Occupation rate100%

PSI is a large center for multi-disciplinary research and one of the world’s leading user laboratories. It develops and operates large accelerator-driven research infrastructures requiring exceptionally high standards of know-how and experience. With its 2100 employees it is an autonomous institution of the Swiss ETH domain.

EPFL is a leading university with strong emphasis on basic, engineering and life sciences. Research and teaching within its School of Basic Sciences includes high-energy physics, particle accelerator physics and plasma physics.

Together, we are seeking to appoint a dynamic person with strategic thinking, jointly as Head of the Division for Large Research Facilities at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and as tenured Professor of Particle Accelerator Physics at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). This is a full-time position.


As Head of the Division for Large Research Facilities you will provide vision and leadership in technical, scientific and management aspects of all accelerator-based facilities at PSI, such as the SINQ neutron source, the Swiss Light Source (SLS), the SμS muon source, and the X-ray free electron laser SwissFEL. This division ensures the operation and future development of these facilities, which serve a large user community and Switzerland’s sole Center for Proton Therapy.

As Professor of Particle Accelerator Physics, you will lead the EPFL participation in the Swiss Accelerator Research and Technology (CHART) collaboration between major Swiss institutions and CERN, develop your own CHART-related research activity at EPFL, direct PhD students in their research, and promote collaboration in your field with other laboratories and centers at EPFL. You will also provide teaching in the field of particle accelerator science at Master and graduate levels.

With its Large Hadron Collider, CERN is the world-leading research laboratory providing accelerator infrastructure at the energy frontier. CHART has ambitious R&D plans for the technical design of CERN’s Future Circular Collider (FCC) in the next five years (2019–2023), which will further foster synergies between CERN, EPFL and PSI towards a strategically important and vigorous R&D program in accelerator science and technology. CHART is hosted by PSI.


For this position we are seeking a scientist of international standing, with proven records of scientific and technological achievements in the field of particle accelerators. Leadership capabilities as well as a strong interest for teaching and education are essential requirements.

Contact and Address

Applications including a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae with a list of research outputs, a statement of research (max. 3 pages) and teaching interests (max. 1 page), as well as the contact information of at least five references, should be submitted in PDF format, by 31 March 2019 via

Enquiries may be addressed to:
Dr. Thierry Strässle, Director PSI a.i., chairperson of the Search Committee
e-mail: thierry.straesslepsi.ch
or to:
Prof. Harald Brune, director of the Institute of Physics
e-mail: iphysdirectorepfl.ch

Additional information is available at www.psi.ch, www.epfl.ch, http://sb.epfl.ch, http://iphys.epfl.ch

EPFL and PSI are equal opportunity employers, they are committed to increasing the diversity of their members. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.


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