PhD Student for the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemisitry
Paul Scherrer Institut Villigen

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 Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemsitry we are looking for a  PhD Student

Source apportionment of particulate matter using off-line techniques


Your tasks

  • PhD thesis in source apportionment of particulate matter using filter based mass spectrometry within a project funded by the Federal Office for the Environment and related projects
  • Major use of electron ionization aerosol mass spectrometry and extractive electrospray ionization mass spectrometry
  • Eventual complimentary measurements with additional techniques (Orbitrap-MS; Radiocarbon)
  • Statistical investigation of sources using our developed Source Finder program
  • Support and collaboration with other students/postdocs doing source apportionment analyses using on-line and off-line data
  • Writing high quality peer-reviewed publications


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.


Additional comments

For further information please contact Dr Andre Prévôt, phone +41 56 310 42 02.


Please submit your application online (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 5501-02).


Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Mariusz Prus, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland,

Offer Requirements


Your profile

  • Master in aerosol science or related
  • Experience in mass spectrometry
  • Strong mathematical/statistical background
  • Very good english oral and writing skills
  • Interested to work with others in a team

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