Job opportunities


If interested to apply please refer to the Swiss Plasma Center PhD Application and acceptance process

Post-Doctoral Positions

  • Postdoctoral Researcher in edge turbulence simulations and validation with experiment

    We are seeking a researcher at the postdoctoral level to work on edge turbulence simulations and their validation against well-diagnosed experiments, with particular focus on the physics processes in the region of a magnetic X-point.
    The candidate will use the GBS code, a state-of-the-art three-dimensional turbulence code developed at the SPC. GBS is able to evolve the electromagnetic drift-reduced Braginskii equations and their self-consistent coupling with kinetic neutrals. The candidate will exploit the relatively new capability of GBS to simulate arbitrary diverted geometries, with the goal to develop a better understand of fluctuations and flows and their non-linear coupling in the X-point region. The candidate is expected to collaborate closely with theorists and experimentalists at the SPC and with an international group of modellers, in order to qualitatively and quantitatively validate simulations from GBS and other leading turbulence codes against experimental measurements from basic plasma devices and tokamaks.

    Start date: As soon as possible
    Contact: Prof. C. Theiler ([email protected])

  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Edge Physics in Alternative Divertor Geometries

    We are seeking a researcher at the postdoctoral level to work on tokamak edge physics and power exhaust, with the goal of assessing the potential of recently proposed alternative divertor magnetic geometries for a robust tokamak edge solution. This research will be conducted on the TCV tokamak at the EPFL, which, due to its unique shaping capabilities, is an ideal device to explore this timely topic. The candidate is expected to conduct experiments on TCV and to combine measurements from the extensive set of edge diagnostics (Langmuir probes, bolometers, spectroscopic and imaging diagnostics, etc.) to explore the role of specific geometrical properties, such as flux expansion, increased divertor volume, and additional X-points. He/she will interpret experimental observations based on predictions from simplified analytical models and, possibly, more complex numerical calculations. The candidate will also interact closely with PhD students and will have the opportunity to assist them in the development of diagnostics and/or data analysis and interpretation.

    Start date: As soon as possible
    Contact: Prof. C. Theiler ([email protected])

  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Bi2212 winding technology for high field magnets

The Swiss Plasma Center (SPC) is a leading institution on research on Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion and belongs to the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The Superconductivity Group of SPC is located on the ground of the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen, about 40 km from Zurich. The Group is active on the development of superconducting magnets (both HTS and LTS) for Fusion and other applications.
The SPC Superconductivity Group is looking for a post-doc candidate for the development of high field insert solenoids made with Bi2212 wires. The project is founded by Innosuisse (Switzerland funding agency) in collaboration with a private company.
The project is going to investigate several aspects of the coil manufacturing process, such as insulation, impregnation and reinforcement. The candidate will be involved in the selection of possible techniques and materials. The candidate will design and prepare several prototype coils, to be tested in our laboratory or in collaboration with the other project partners.
The project is mainly experimental. The successful candidate should have a PhD in Physics or Engineering. Experience in applied superconductivity is highly appreciated.

The project should begin in the first half of 2019.
Duration: 3 years
Contact: [email protected]

  • Postdoctoral position for Physicist / Engineer

As one of the leading European laboratories for superconducting magnet development we participate in the ITER fusion reactor construction program, the EUROfusion DEMO studies and conductor R&D and other technology tasks in collaboration with CERN and Industry. The lab is located in Villigen, on the ground of the Paul Scherrer Institute, near the north-east border of Switzerland.

In the frame of the European Fusion Technology Programme, we operate SULTAN, the reference test facility for the high-field, high-current superconducting cables and insert coils. The lab activity also features small size experiments on low and high temperature superconductivity, design of conductors and large magnet systems, including thermal-hydraulic, elelctro-magnetic and mechanical analyses.

To strengthen our team, we are looking for a young physicists/engineers with at least five years experience in applied superconductivity / magnet technology / cryogenics. The duties include participation to the EUROfusion DEMO conceptual studies and to the project of restoring the high field test facility EDIPO. 

We offer a stimulating environment in a close working team, with a broad network of international collaborations. The conditions of employment are according to the rules of the Swiss Technical High School. The contract is initially of limited duration, up to four years.

Qualified experts in the above fields are invited to send their application and references to Pierluigi Bruzzone, SPC-FT, CH-5232 Villigen-PSI, Switzerland, Tel.: 004156 310 4363, Fax: 004156 310 3729, e-mail: [email protected]