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Location: Villigen, Switzerland

Number of placements: 1 

Project area: Participation in our additive manufacturing program. Print metallic structures with our in-house developed laser-based 3D printer, followed by characterisation and mechanical testing. Objectives: optimise processing parameters as preparation for an operando experiment at the local synchrotron. Depending on the interest of the student, they can also be involved in the analysis of data from previous synchrotron experiments.

Special Requirements for those choosing this placement:  

Will only accept students who have completed the first two years of their studies by the start of the placement.

Period of placements: 10-12 weeks during July to 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)