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Engineering Nuclear Engineering opportunities in Switzerland?

  1. Dec 30, 2012 #1
    I have just been browsing through some articles on Switzerland's Nuclear policies and it appears they have four working power plants and several other research reactors. I know they have ITER, and that would be great, but I am sure it is extremely competitive to get in there. Does anyone know what the average entry level nuclear engineer working at a power plant in Switzerland can expect to make? Also what are the barriers to entry for foreigners, if any? I have been going through the Federal Office of Energy's website, and there doesn't seem to be much information on careers, but there is some interesting info on PhD research projects (http://nes.web.psi.ch/structure_staff.html) and Master's programs. I might be interested if I could hold a nuclear job while going to school there. That's another thing, the funding situation seems a bit confusing...do they pay stipends like in the US or is it pay to play?

    Would it be realistic to get a job at a PP in Switzerland with a master's degree and continue working on a PhD part time while at the PP?
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  4. Dec 31, 2012 #3
    I know people at Swiss Light Source, which is part of PSI.

    Depending on your interests, EMPA might be worth looking at (i'm pretty sure it is an English-speaking institution). http://www.empa.ch
  5. Dec 31, 2012 #4
    Thanks for the info. Do you know of any websites that could give me a good idea of an engineers salary and visa requirements in Switzerland? Like equivalent to the bureau of labor and statistics?
  6. Dec 31, 2012 #5
    I can't tell you much about it, except that they are planning to close every power plant until 2034 (reason: politics after Fukushima). I don't know if this is useful information for you neither, but that's something I know!
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    Visa information - http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise/visumantragsformular.html

    It is perhaps best to contact PSI directly.


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