Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein

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Email: nicolas.pilet[at]psi.ch

Nicolas Pilet

My professional orientation is scientific research and development, mainly in the area of magnetism. After several years in academy working on new magnetic materials and developing surface science concepts, I intend to orient my career towards applied science. I would like to develop new ideas leading to a final product, together with, or at the head of a team of motivated co-workers.


  • 2006 Ph.D. in Physics, University of Basel, Switzerland.
  • 2002 Master of Science in Physics, carried out at University of NE-Lincoln, USA, awarded by EPFL, Switzerland.
  • 2002 Bachelor of Science in Physics and Engineering (Phys. Dipl. EPF), Federal Polytechnical School of Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.
  • 1996 Baccalaureate in Mathematics and Sciences, High School of Burier (CESSEV), Switzerland.

Languages and computer skills

Computer skills
General Programming Other
Microsoft Office Level_5 Matlab Level_5 Origin Level_4
Adobe products Level_5 Labview Level_4 Igor Level_2
LaTeX Level_5 PV-WAVE Level_5 HTML/CSS Level_5
Python Level_2
French Level_4
English Level_4
German Level_4

Professional Experiences

  • 2010 - PSI (CH), Lab Manager
    • User service instrument management (running budget: ∼ 70kCHF/Y)
    • Schedule and supervision of international users, 24h/24h, 6d/w
    • Development of a world unique scientific instrument
    • Expertise in X-ray spectroscopy and high resolution microscopy
    • Software development for data analysis (MATLAB)
  • 2008 - 2010 EMPA (CH) Project manager
    • Local management of a European project Total: 2 academic labs, 2 companies,
      306 person-months, budget ∼ 4M€ / Local: 5 persons, 120 person-months, budget ∼ 1M€
    • Technical, personnel and financial management
    • Cooperation with foreign and local companies
    • Design, production, commissioning and further development of a prototype
      low-temperature scanning force microscope (vacuum parts, electronics, optics)
    • Quality assessment of the final prototype
  • 2007 - 2008 Yale University (USA) Scientist
    • Supervision of researchers
    • Group effort to produce internationally recognized results
    • Publication in high impact journals
    • State-of-the-art scanning probe microscope development and utilization
    • Expertise in surface imaging
  • 2003 - 2006 University of Basel (CH) Doctoral research
    • Definition and achievement of pre-set scientific goals in due time
    • Independent work / collaboration with scientist, engineers and technicians
    • Initiation of international collaborations
    • Survey technical literature to acquire sate of the art solutions
    • Software development for data analysis (PV-WAVE)
    • Dissemination of results in international conferences and publications
    • Manipulation of highly sophisticated miniaturized objects
    • Expertise building in Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • 2001 - 2002 University of Nebraska–Lincoln (USA) Master research
    • Adaptation to multicultural environment and to local usage
    • Achievement of scientific goals in short time period
    • Usage of multiple lab techniques (lithography, electrochemistry, AFM imaging)
  • 2000 - 2001 EPFL (CH) Diploma research
    • Theoretical and practical training in physics
    • Design, development and testing of novel scientific setups
  • 2000 Tetra Pak (CH) Internship in the company
    • Start and conclude a research project in industrial environment
    • Expertise building in IR spectroscopy and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD)