How to apply

Available positions

List of open positions.

Application and acceptance process

To apply for a Ph.D. at SPC please fill-in this form SPC-PHD-Application-Form and send it together with Curriculum Vitae, Motivation letter, List of bachelor and master exams and grades, to [email protected] at any time of the year.

The application form requires:

  • motivation letter
  • complete CV with publication list
  • list of bachelor and master exams and grades
  • name and email address of three referees willing to write a recommendation letter (we will ask for the letter, if necessary).

We will then decide on an invitation for an interview. We might do a first step via a short remote conferencing (e.g., Zoom). If we decide to pursue the candidature further, the candidate

  • is invited to a virtual or in-person visit (at our expenses) of the SPC in Lausanne for a day,
  • give a seminar,
  • pass an academic interview (a discussion on basic physics concepts directly or indirectly related to plasma physics),
  • meet the present graduate students, and
  • discuss potential thesis topics with senior researchers.

A final answer on acceptance to our program is generally given a few days after the visit.

Enrollment in the EPFL Doctoral School is mandatory. Applications can proceed in parallel with the interview process at SPC (see