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Professor (f/m) for Nonlinear Optics and Head of the Laboratory for Nonlinear Optics

University of Bern. Bern (Schweiz), 14.03.2017

University of Bern
Faculty of Science

Professor for Nonlinear Optics and Head of the Laboratory for Nonlinear Optics at the PSI

The Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Bern, Switzerland, has a strong emphasis on basic and applied photon sciences including microwave sensing, bio-photonics and ultrafast optics and spectroscopy.

The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cuttingedge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. 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 2000 people.

We seek a person for the joint position of Professor in Applied Physics at University of Bern (40%) and Head of the Laboratory for Nonlinear Optics at PSI (60%).

As a Professor at the University of Bern you will head a research activity in nonlinear ultrafast optics with an emphasis on soft and hard X-rays and promote research collaborations with other Institutes and Departments. We are looking for a person with excellent undergraduate and graduate teaching credentials who will supervise Master and PhD students in their research.

As Head of the Laboratory for Nonlinear Optics (LNO) in the Photon Science Division of PSI, you will be responsible for the maintenance and development of SwissFELs laser infrastructure and beam lines and the design and execution of nonlinear optics related experiments at SwissFEL und SLS 2,0. This entails leadership of research, as well as maintenance and operation of facilities crucial for SwissFEL operation in addition to in-house PSI and University of Bern projects at SwissFEL und SLS 2.0. SwissFEL is a new facility which will be commissioning both ultrafast X-ray and XUV lasers over the next four years, and it is planned for SLS to be replaced by an ultralow emittance ring (SLS 2.0) immediately thereafter. The Head of LNO will thus have major input into instrumentation choices.

For this demanding but highly rewarding task we are seeking a person of international standing in nonlinear optics and ultrafast 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.

The University of Bern is an equal opportunity employer and strives to increase the number of women in the faculty. Qualified female researchers are especially encouraged to apply.

The position is to be filled by February 1st, 2019.

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a synopsis of their past, current and planned research (max 5 pages), a list of publications indicating the 5 most relevant papers, an outline of their teaching experience, and a completed questionnaire (­naire_Non­linearOptics.pdf) as a single PDF file to the Dean's Office (Email:

Deadline for applications is April 30, 2017.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to Prof. Thomas Feurer, phone + 41 (0) 31 631 89 13, Email: or to Prof. Gabriel Aeppli, phone + 41 (0) 56 310 42 32, Email:

Bewerbungsschluss: 30.04.2017