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Research Software Scientist

WorkplaceVilligen PSI, Zurich region, Switzerland

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 future technologies, energy and climate, health innovation and fundamentals of nature. 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 2200 people.

The Macromolecular Crystallography MX team at PSI is responsible for the development and operation of three MX beamlines and a crystallization facility at the Swiss Light Source SLS, and for serial crystallography at both large research infrastructures SLS and SwissFEL. The MX team is a multi-disciplinary group of around twenty-five people from diverse backgrounds in natural, computer, and engineering sciences. The MX Data group delivers software solutions for MX applications and development, including data management, data acquisition, processing, analysis and archiving. In 2023/2024 the SLS will undergo a major upgrade to deliver improved performance and new opportunities for MX experiments. To contribute to the development of the next generation of data acquisition and analyses software, we are looking for a

Research Software Scientist
for the Data Group in Macromolecular Crystallography


Your tasks

  • Expand and develop Python packages to analyze data from scientific instruments, not only for traditional MX experiments but also for new techniques currently being developed at the MX beamlines for SLS 2.0 and SwissFEL
  • Participate in the commissioning of new beamline instruments together with beamline scientists and engineers
  • Contribute to strategic planning for a cutting-edge and sustainable software framework
  • Publish results in scientific journals and present at international conferences


Your profile
You will be qualified to PhD level in natural science or a related field. You have experience in using Python to answer scientific questions. You have good communication skills, with a personal interest or experience in working at the boundary between computing and science. You are fluent in English (spoken and written). A working knowledge of German would be advantageous.

We offer

We offer
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.

This is a Tenure Track position. The employment contract will initially be limited to three years.

For further information, please contact Dr Meitian Wang, e-mail meitian.wangpsi.ch.

Please submit your application online by 30 March 2023 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Research Software Scientist (index no. 6124-00).

Contact and Address

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Elke Baumann, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland


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