School of Basic Sciences, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Position Title: PSI-EPFL joint position in Femtochemistry - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Lausanne, Lausanne CH-1015, Switzerland [map]
Subject Areas: Chemistry / Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry
Appl Deadline:2016/09/01 finished (posted 2016/05/18, finished 2018/03/22)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Professor of Physical Chemistry
at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Head of the Laboratory for Femtochemistry
at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)


EPFL is a leading university with strong emphasis on basic sciences, engineering and life sciences. Research within its School of Basic Sciences includes chemical physics, ultrafast spectroscopy and photonics.

PSI is a centre for multi-disciplinary research and one of the world’s leading user laboratories. It hosts Swiss research and user facilities in fields from nuclear engineering to structural biology. With its 1200 employees it is an autonomous institution within the Swiss ETH domain.

We are looking for a person for the joint position of Professor of Physical Chemistry at EPFL and Head of the Laboratory for Femtochemistry at PSI.

The Challenge

As Professor of Physical Chemistry, you will promote collaboration in your field with other Laboratories and Centres at EPFL. The education of scientists in physical chemistry and related areas in biology and physics is important for a wide variety of industries from pharmacology to energy. We are looking for a person with interests and abilities to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and direct Master and PhD students in their research.

As Head of the Laboratory for Femtochemistry (LSF) in the Photon Science Division of PSI, you will exploit and develop the large electron accelerator-based photon sources SwissFEL and SLS (Swiss Light Source) for applications to high-speed atomic, molecular and condensed matter science. This entails leadership of research, as well as the design, construction and operation of beam lines for external user experiments in addition to in-house PSI and EPFL projects.

SwissFEL is a new facility which will be commissioning both X-ray and XUV lasers over the next four years, and it is planned for SLS to be replaced by a ultralow emittance ring (SLS2,0) immediately thereafter. The Head of LSF will thus have major input into instrumentation choices.

For this demanding but highly rewarding task we are seeking a person of international standing in high-speed optical control and spectroscopy, with a strong interest in extending such techniques through the exploitation of next generation synchrotrons and free electron lasers. Proven leadership and the ability to motivate people are essential requirements.

Applications including cover letter, curriculum vitae, publications list, concise statement of research and teaching interests as well as the names and addresses (including email) of at least five references should be submitted as a single PDF file via the website

by September 1st, 2016.

Questions should be addressed to:

Prof. Gabriel Aeppli (, Head of the Photon Science Division of PSI and/or

Prof. Thomas Rizzo (, Dean of the School of Basic Sciences at EPFL.


For additional information on EPFL and PSI, please consult: or

The PSI and EPFL actively aim to increase the presence of women amongst its faculty and staff, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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