In this 5-year programme, the EU co-finances 60 post-doctoral researchers recruited by the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), a research institution in Switzerland particularly renowned for its large-scale accelerator facilities. The two-year post-doctoral fellowships will be awarded in two calls for proposals with 30 fellowships in each call. In order to maximise the benefit for the fellows and offer the widest possible range of research topics, PSI has teamed up with 16 partner organisations (nine research institutions and seven companies).
Large-scale research facilities are enabling cutting edge research and innovation in important domains such as materials science, health and energy. A number of such accelerator facilities is currently under construction in Europe and will become operational within the next ten years. Thus, there is a growing need for highly qualified researchers trained in interdisciplinary research at such facilities and also an increasing demand from companies to use these facilities for developing and testing innovative products.
In order to address this need and motivated by the successful implementation of the FP7 COFUND programme PSI-FELLOW, the Paul Scherrer Institute proposed to establish the novel postdoctoral research programme PSI-FELLOW-II-3i. It was selected for co-financing under the Horizon 2020 COFUND programme and with new interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral training elements it will take post-doctoral education to the next level. PSI features a unique combination of excellent research facilities, including neutron, muon and light sources and (as of 2016) an X-ray free electron laser, which all exceed the possibilities of universities or industrial research centres.
The unique setup of PSI-FELLOW-II-3i with its 16 partner organisations will allow using synergies with other leading research institutions for the training of the next generation of researchers specialised in tapping the full potential of large-scale research facilities, to transfer knowledge and stimulate innovation in Europe’s industries.