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Dr. Antonio Picón at the Chemistry Department ( of the University Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) is looking for a for a PhD candidate to work in attosecond spectroscopy in complex systems. The candidate should ideally start by September/October 2018 and may be hired for up to 3 years.

The research project: Resolving the real-time motion of electrons in complex physical systems is fundamental to advance novel functionalities in catalytic molecules and two-dimensional materials such as graphene. Future studies using ultrafast capabilities with few-/sub-femtosecond x-ray pulses are essential to understand the optical response of these systems in the early steps and unveil the role of electron-electron and electron-nuclear couplings.. The aim of this project is to develop a novel theoretical approach to understand the role of electron transport in these complex systems via attosecond x-ray spectroscopy. More information can be found at:

Eligibility Criteria: Prospect candidates must have, by the date of appointment (September, 2018), a Bachelor degree in physics or chemistry (3 years) and a post graduate specialization degree (e.g. MSc) in Physics or Chemical Physics; good knowledge of at least one programming language (Fortran 90, C, C++, Python, etc.); knowledge of quantum mechanics, solid state physics, basic atomic, molecular and optical physics, and numerical methods; Fluent English; enthusiasm for learning and commitment to teamwork.

Application procedure: Interested candidates are kindly requested to check all details about the application procedure at: . Applications not complying with the call guidelines may be discarded. Deadline for the submission of applications is May 20th, 2018.

Funding: The Comunidad de Madrid regional government provides funding for this job from the call to attract research talent to work in research groups at the Madrid region (Ref. 2017-T1/IND-5432).

Phd position – application form
Phd Call Guidelines

We are looking for a postdoctoral appointee to work in one of the two detailed projects below under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Picón at the Chemistry Department ( of the University Autónoma de Madrid (Spain).

  • Starting date: The position is expected to start by September 2018, and may be funded for two years, subject to the positive evaluation of the hired researcher.
  • Remuneration: Gross salary (before applying national income taxes) is 30.000 Euros/year (it includes Spanish Social Security and public healthcare).


  • Studies of electron transport induced by IR and mid-IR pulsed lasers in semiconductor and two-dimensional materials.
    Resolving the real-time motion of carriers amongst valence and conduction band states provides the foundation for the development of materials with novel functionality and the advancement of modern electronics. Future studies using ultrafast capabilities with few-/sub-femtosecond x-ray transient absorption are essential to understand the optical response of materials in the early steps and unveil the role of electron-electron and electron-phonon scattering. The aim of this project is to develop a novel theoretical approach to understand the role of electron transport in semiconductor and other attractive two-dimensional materials via x-ray spectroscopy.
  • Studies of charge migration in relevant biomolecules and in photosensitizers molecules for catalysis research.
    Charge migration plays a fundamental question to be addressed in the next years, especially for the development of imaging techniques in biomolecules with few-femtosecond/sub-femtosecond x-ray pulses. The group has a strong tradition in this important research line. This project plans to simulate the x-ray probing and explore the possibility with ultrashort x-rays to track the induced charge migration. These studies will be possible to be experimentally conducted in free-electron laser (XFEL) facilities and in novel soft-x-ray HHG-laser-based sources.


  • PhD degree in Physics, Material Physics, Chemical Physics or related,
  • Strong background in quantum chemistry, including the modeling of electronic excited states.
  • Experience in FORTRAN/C++ programming, treatment of periodic systems and/or dynamical calculations will be positively considered.


Applicants should send his/her CV, including the names of two persons of reference, and contact information (in a single pdf file named as the candidate) to before May 30th 2018. Please, include the reference 2017-T1/IND-5432 in the subject of your message.
Recommendation letters could be requested during the selection process.
Selected candidates shall be contacted for an interview.


The Comunidad de Madrid regional government provides funding for this job in the frame the call to attract research talent to work in research groups at the Madrid region (Ref. 2017-T1/IND-5432).

A two year post-doctoral research assistant (PDRA) positions is available at The Open University to work in the group Dr. Jimena Gorfinkiel ( starting in early 2018. The work involves implementing significant improvements to the UKRmol+ suite, in order to produce a software suite to accurately describe atoms and molecules  in intense, ultra-short light fields.

The position is funded by the grant R-matrix suites for multielectron attosecond dynamics in atoms and molecules irradiated by arbitrarily polarised light, a collaboration between The Open University and Queen’s University Belfast with collaborators from University College London, Max Born Institute for Non-linear Optics, Quantemol Ltd.  and the Scientific Computing Department at STFC.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • A PhD in physics, computational chemistry or a closely related field.
  • Experience of applying techniques of high performance computing to problems in physics/chemistry and excellent knowledge of Fortran 95
  • Good numerical analysis and problem solving skills
  • The ability to work both independently and cooperatively as a productive member of a geographically distributed team.

More details and information on how to apply can be found here:   For an informal discussion of the project contact Jimena directly: The deadline for applications is 23 November.

At the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Vienna the position of a University Professor of Physical Chemistry (full time, permanent position) is to be filled.

In the research work the applicant should cover a topic of current interest in experimental Physical Chemistry.
The faculty expects the candidate to participate in teaching activities at the level of  Bachelor, Master and PhD curricula, thereby covering the full range of topic in the field of Physical Chemistry.
The University especially encourages younger candidates to apply and offers them an internationally competitive start-up package.

More details in the following document: StA_ProfPhysikChem_englisch_Mai17

The DFG-funded International Research Training Group 2079 “Cold Controlled Ensembles in Physics and Chemistry” at University of Freiburg offers 1 PhD position in the field of femtosecond spectroscopy of cold molecular and cluster beams ( The PhD program in collaboration with the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, offers dual supervision by supervisors from both research sites, and an extended stay at UBC.

We are looking for excellent MSc graduates in Physics, Chemistry or a related area with an interest in interdisciplinary, multinational research. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13 (75%).

Inquiries and applications should be sent to: Documents should be sent as a single pdf-file including a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications (if available) and the contact details of at least two referees. Further Information can be found at

The University of Freiburg seeks to increase the number of female scientific faculty members and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply for the position. The university is committed to providing a family-friendly workplace. In case of equal qualification persons with disabilities (Schwerbehinderte) will be given preference.

The group of Prof Marie-Pierre Gaigeot at the University of Evry/University Paris Saclay in France has one opened PhD position for ab initio molecular dynamics simulations applied to vibrational spectroscopies in the Terahertz domain (THz).

The group is expert in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations applied to vibrational spectroscopies for gas phase molecules and clusters, liquids, and solid/liquid, liquid/air interfaces in systematic relation with IR-MPD, IR-PD, IR, Raman, SFG, SHG experiments. About 60 papers published on these subjects within the past 10 years.

The opened position and the details for applying are described in detail here:

Please contact Prof Marie-Pierre Gaigeot at and see website: for details on research and list of publications.

The Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC) – ERIC ( ), is an integrated multidisciplinary Research Infrastructure open for basic and applied research in the fields of Materials, Biomaterials and Nanotechnology. CERIC has been built by integrating leading national research facilities based in 8 countries (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Serbia) into a unique European entity supporting the production of basic knowledge and technology transfer and promoting the mobility of researchers in an international multicultural scientific environment.

One post-doctoral position is available for the CERIC-ERIC project Dyna Chiro. The project will investigate the chiral and dynamical properties of matter using the Elettra and Solaris synchrotrons, and other facilities within the CERIC consortium. In addition, instrumentation development will be carried out.

Position description:

  • The position will be located at the Solaris synchrotron, Krakow, Poland, ( The successful candidate will perform experiments on topological insulators using synchrotron light and laser (High Harmonic Generation) sources, under the supervision of Prof. M. Stankiewicz and Prof. J. Szade. In addition, the candidate will participate in soft x-ray beamline development. The candidate will work in collaboration with the other Italian and Slovenian partners in the project.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • A Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline is required.
  • Experience in one or more of the following techniques is necessary: ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) methods for surface analysis, synchrotron based photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray absorption, soft x-ray beamline technology, instrumentation science.
  • The ability to work unsupervised, or together with a team, and the ability to interact with staff and users in an international environment is essential. Good oral and written communication skills in English are necessary. Italian and/or Polish language skills are an advantage.


  • Duration – 12 months, with the possibility of renewal for up to a further 12 months subject to satisfactory performance.
  • The salary will be commensurate with previous experience and qualifications of the Candidate.

Applications should include a full curriculum vitae and the names and contact information (including electronic mail addresses) of two or three referees, and be sent by the 24th of March, 2017. If no suitable candidate is found at that date, the search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

The applications should be sent to the following e-mail address:,  with the subject Post-doctoral position at CERIC-ERIC – Dyna Chiro – Solaris.

For further information about the project, contact please contact:

Prof. J. Szade (, Prof. K. C. Prince (Prince@Elettra.Eu).

See the job offer in pdf: DynaChiro_position in Solaris_1Feb17





The group “Theory and Modeling” at the University of Evry UEVE-Paris Saclay (LAMBE, UMR CNRS 8587) is currently seeking candidates for a PhD position. Deadline for applications is 17th April 2017, for starting date 1st Oct 2017. Funding is by the Doctoral School Paris-Saclay 2MIB, recruitment by competitive examination through presentation and interview by a jury. The opened position is under the supervision of Prof Marie-Pierre Gaigeot, &

Activities in the group “Theory and Modeling” are in the scientific domain of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, the group is internationally recognized for its expertise in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations (AIMD: DFT-MD, MP2-MD, semi empirical-MD, QM-MM-MD), with original research activities in the gas phase, liquid phase and at interfaces between solids and liquids & between liquids and air. 4 ANR funding are currently active in the group, 2 of them in collaborative works with the USA, 1 with Germany, and 1 with IFPEN petroleum company.

2017 Opened PhD position : Ab initio molecular dynamics for vibrational spectroscopies in the TeraHertz (THz)

Tera-Hertz (THz) vibrational spectroscopy has emerged in the past few years as a new tool for probing conformational structures and dynamics in the low frequency spectrum of gas phase (bio)molecules and clusters [Angewandte Chemie 126 :3737 (2014) ; Int. Rev. Phys. Chem. 34 :1 (2015)], liquids [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136 :12800 (2014)], and interfaces (air/water, solid/water) [J. Phys. Chem. C. 33 :18665 (2016)]. Low-frequency modes directly probe large amplitude motions, such as intermolecular librations, molecular translations & rotations, collective motions involving for instance an ensemble of water molecules in the condensed phase or several torsional motions along a flexible peptide or protein backbone. These motions are not detected directly in other spectral domains, although they provide direct information on molecular structures and the environment.

The group ‘Theory and Modeling’ of Laboratory LAMBE UMR 8587 is expert in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations (AIMD, DFT-MD) applied in particular to vibrational spectroscopy calculations (non harmonic spectra) [40 papers published since 2006, including 2 book chapters in 2015 & 2016, 1 review paper in 2010]. In collaboration with our colleague experimentalist Dr A.M. Rijs and her group in The Netherlands, we have demonstrated that these simulations allow assign gas phase peptide conformations, without ambiguity, using the THz vibrational signatures.

The PhD subject will be applications of AIMD/DFT-MD simulations for the calculations of vibrational spectra in the THz domain, for the systems described below, systematically involving collaborations with international colleague experimentalists. By associating theory and experiments, we are able to precisely characterize molecular structures and structural assemblies of molecules. The systems of interest for the PhD are listed below (the PhD student will choose 1 or several systems):

–    Peptides in the gas phase, in collaboration with the experimental team of Dr A.M. Rijs, du laboratoire FELIX, Radbout University, The Netherlands. This continues our ongoing collaboration. See for instance our recent papers [Angewandte Chemie 126 :3737 (2014) ; Phys Chem Chem Phys 17 :25905 (2015) ; other papers are submitted and under review in 2016 et 2017]

–      Water clusters containing salts, in collaboration with the experimental team of Prof K. Asmis, Leipzig University, Germany. This is a newly started collaboration in 2016.

–    Alcohols dissolved in liquid water, in collaboration with the experimental team of Prof M. Havenith, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany. This is a newly started collaboration in 2016.

Practical details. The PhD funding is by the Doctoral School 2MIB, the recruitment follows a competitive examination through presentation and interview by a jury.

The PhD student will have his/her own personal computer(s) in the lab, and will use GENCI national supercomputers for the simulations. The PhD will be strongly involved in the collaborations with our colleague experimentalists, and will in particular be able to make experiments with them. The PhD will have ample opportunity to present his/her work at national and international conferences.

Evry is located 45 minutes from central Paris by RER D line. The University is 2 minutes walk from the train station Evry-Courcouronnes.

See for more details.

Candidate profile. We welcome candidates with background in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical-Physics, Master courses with a large component in theory and simulations, knowledge of one coding language would be welcome. For the 2MIB funding, competition is high, and applications with high marks are only retained.

Applications. Please send an email to Prof Marie-Pierre Gaigeot, including a detailed CV and letter of motivation. Supporting letters will also be necessary.

Also see website: Final applications will go online through the ADUM website :, and please go to the 2MIB Doctoral school website for detailed explanations on how to submit your application on the ADUM platform.

There are two postdoc and two PhD student positions on molecular quantum nanophotonics available in the group of Johannes Feist at IFIMAC and the Departamento de Física Teórica de la Materia Condensada at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

These positions are financed by the ERC Starting Grant MMUSCLES (Modification of Molecular structure Under Strong Coupling to confined Light modES).

More details can be found in the official announcements for the PhD student and postdoc positions.


Position: Early Stage Researcher (PhD) in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN) H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014 MEDEA 641789


Institution: Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany

Duration: four years (from 01.01.2017)

Synthetic description of the project:

The project is focused on experiments to be performed at Free Electron Lasers (FELs), and, in particular at the FEL FERMI, that delivers tunable XUV pulses with a bandwidth between 30 and 90 meV. Coherent control schemes in the XUV spectral range exploiting the unique properties of the FEL FERMI will be investigated. In particular, the ESR will investigate how the combination of multi-color coherent XUV radiation can be used to control the photoionization process and electronic dynamics in inner valence shells of atoms and molecules. Finally, she/he will also investigate novel approaches for the generation of attosecond pulse trains using XUV FELs.

The work will be conducted in close collaboration with the atomic/molecular/ and optical physics group of the Elettra Sincrotrone led by Dr. Kevin Prince and Dr. Carlo Callegari.


Prof. Dr. G. Sansone
Physikalisches Institut der
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