PhD position on Spectrochemistry using Plasma Radiation (m/f)
Upon application, you can prove to be a fully motivated experimentalist with a recent MSc degree in optics or spectroscopy. You can prove hands-on creative skills with experimental setups. Excellent degree in English in spoken and written is mandatory. Fluence in German is preferred. Skills with signal processing, Labview programming, laser monitoring, and spectroscopy design are appreciated. The PhD degree is obtained at the University of Zurich, Graduate School for Chemical and Molecular Science. A teaching commitment at the University is expected.
You are involved in research with our unique high-power laser (20J shot) to generate plasma radiation. Plasma lasing at l = 10-30nm will be accomplished by optimized pump shot delivery on a material. The characterized short wavelength pulses are used as soft X-ray probes for table-top spectroscopy of chemicals, providing a tabletop alternative to accelerator beamlines. You will tune the optical setup, e.g. for chirped pulse amplification. New experimental acquisition methods will be developed. You do several experiments and publish/present, bringing-in practical skills and creativity, to make our team successful. The setup is complementary to beamlines and therefore there may be the possibility to perform comparative measurement campaigns at SLS, SwissFEL, Elettra, Flash, Stanford, etc..