Prof. Sergey Churakov holds the Professorship of Mineralogy at the University of Bern and is the head of the Laboratory for Waste Management (LES) at the Paul Scherrer Institute.
At the University of Bern the professorship carries responsibilities for leading the research group, for managing the Institute's mineralogy laboratories and for teaching mineralogy.
The Laboratory of Waste Management at the Paul Scherrer Institute is the Swiss competence center for geochemistry and multi scale radionuclide and mass transport in argillaceous rocks and cement and their applications to deep geological systems and Swiss radioactive waste repositories. The research projects at LES benefit from unique state-of-the-art research infrastructure (X-ray synchrotron, neutron source, hot laboratory, high performance computing, etc.).