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Location: Villigen, Switzerland

Number of placements: 1 

Project area: To be confirmed.  It will be in the group of Prof. Marianne Liebi.

Special Requirements for those choosing this placement: 

  1. Will only accept students who have completed the first two years of their studies by the start of the placement.
  2. Students must be an EU or EFTA passport holder to be eligible for the funding mechanism.

Period of placements: 10 weeks between July and September

Accommodation arrangements: PSI has a guesthouse located next to the institute where all PSI summer students usually stay together. The guesthouse charges approximately CHF 30 per night (~£25)

Financial support from hosts:  ~ CHF 2100 (~£1680) per month (for students who have completed at least first two years of study prior to placement). There will be deductions for local tax and social security of approximately 10%.

Language:  English / German (but you will also find many other nationalities working at the Institute).

Profile of institution: 
The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is a multi-disciplinary research centre for natural sciences and technology. In national and international collaboration with universities, other research institutes and industry, PSI is active in solid state physics, materials sciences, elementary particle physics, life sciences, nuclear and non-nuclear energy research, and energy-related ecology. It is the largest national research institute with about 2100 members of staff. PSI is part of the federally-supported set of institutions in Switzerland, which also includes EPFL (Lausanne) and ETHZ (Zurich). PSI operates large scientific research facilities, such as the Swiss Light Source (SLS), the free-electron X-ray laser (SwissFEL), the SINQ neutron source and the SμS muon source, which offer out-of-the-ordinary insights into the processes taking place in the interior of different substances and materials. These are the only such facilities within Switzerland, and some are the only ones in the world.

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Contact: Dr Steven van Petegem ( (Host: Prof. Marianne Liebi)