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The research group “Femtosecond spectroscopy and ultrafast laser control” of Prof. Thomas Baumert at University of Kassel is looking for a

PhD student (f/m).

Salary will be according to TV13 / 2.

The everyday phenomenon of chirality has been fascinating scientists and philosophers for centuries. Molecular chirality, especially, plays an important role in the fundamental building blocks of nature. It is also crucial for human health as the positive or negative effects of pharmaceuticals can depend on the chirality of its active ingredients. Furthermore, chiral molecules act as versatile testbeds in fundamental physical sciences.
Within a large research effort, our groups strives to understand and control molecular chirality on a microscopic level. Therefore, we investigate isolated molecular quantum systems in the gas phase using state-of-the-art methods of molecular physics. The specific task of this PhD project is to invert chirality of a molecule using ultra short laser pulses.
The PhD student will have to perform experiments in the lab, to evaluate the data using computational methods and to present the results on scientific conferences and through publications in peer-reviewed journals.

– MSc or equal in physics or physical chemistry with very good marks.
– Good experimental skills in at least one of the following fields: Ultra short laser pulses, high-vacuum techniques and charged-particle detection.
– Ability to work in a team, high motivation and capability to work independently.

The city of Kassel:
Kassel (c. 200 000 inhabitants) lies in the geographic center of Germany and is connected very well to various modes of the transportation network. The city hosts the famous Documenta exhibition for contemporary arts and has about 24 000 students. The high recreational value of the area is underlined by the presence of both world cultural heritage (Bergpark Kassel) and world natural heritage (Kellerwald), while housing is relatively cheap compared with other large cities in Germany.

Our research group:
Find out more about our research on our webpage ( It also holds first visual impressions of our labs (

Interested? Please send your complete application to Prof. Thomas Baumert or Dr. Arne Senftleben. Email addresses can be found on the webpage. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone.

The group of Fernando Martin in Madrid (Spain) offers the possibility to develop a research project on Theoretical Attosecond Electron Dynamics, oriented to obtain a PhD diploma, to theoretically investigate the coupled electron and nuclear dynamics induced by attosecond laser pulses and strong electromagnetic fields on small and mid-size molecules, as well as in solids.banner-inphinit-v2-animado

The position shall be funded by the doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT, which is devoted to attract international Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) to top Spanish research centres. INPhINIT is promoted by the “la Caixa” Foundation and relies on the European Commission’s support through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – COFUND programme.

The fellowship shall cover a 3-year doctoral employment contract with good remuneration conditions (gross salary 26.000 € per year) in comparison with the standard of living in Spain, and a top up contribution for training and networking activities. Researchers shall complement their training with a variety of transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary activities.
In addition, phd candidates may opt to a price amounting to 7.500 € if they got the diploma earlier than 6 months after the finalization of the contract.

For more information on the fellowship programme, please visit:

More information on the PhD position on Theoretical Attosecond Electron Dynamics can be found here: phd-position-descrption. If selected, researchers should join the Condensed Matter Physics Center (IFIMAC) by September 2017.

In case you are interested in this fellowship position and consider you fulfil the excellence criteria and other specific call requirements (research experience, training, language and mobility requirements), please, do not doubt to submit you application here:, before February 10th, 2017.

For any question on the research project or if you became selected for the face-to-face interview stage, please, do not doubt to contact

The Department of Physics has an opening for an assistant professor in theoretical atomic and molecular physics (Reference number SU FV-1610-16)

Atomic, molecular and chemical physics has been identified as one of the profile areas at Stockholm University. In this field there are broad and highly successful experimental as well as theoretical activities.
Main responsibilities are research and, in addition, some teaching and supervision.

Deadline for applications: 2 December 2016.

More information here.

A collaboration project between the Synchrotron SOLEIL ( ), France  and the University of Turku ( ), Finland, is looking for candidates to apply for a 4 year funded PhD position.  The collaboration involves the PLEIADES beamline of SOLEIL and the Materials Research Laboratory in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Turku, and is aimed at developing and applying novel methods for gas-phase spectroscopy of fragile organic molecules.

While several fragmentation studies of soft x-ray irradiation of DNA bases or peptides exist, there is a lack of studies on neutral polypeptides or medium sized neutral biomolecules. Indeed, this is mainly due to their tendency to decompose during the heating phase, leading to their sublimation. The new technique, based on generation followed by flash vaporization of nano-droplets of a solution containing a specific molecules, will be combined with studies on the influence of electronic excited states after an excitation with soft x-ray synchrotron radiation. This targeted energy deposition can also lead to selective fragmentation of these floppy molecular edifices. The PhD student will be closely involved in instrumental development using electrospray and molecular cluster sources and will participate in experiments at SOLEIL, but also at other international synchrotron radiation facilities such as MAX-IV or at free electron lasers. The experimental methods consist mainly of electron spectroscopy, and electron-ion coincidence techniques. In addition, the student will participate in the general study programs of the graduate schools.

The successful candidate will enroll in both the Doctoral Program in Physical and Chemical Sciences of the University of Turku and the wave and matter doctoral school of the Physics of light and matter of the University Paris-Saclay, under a COTUTELLE double degree agreement.  The student will spend time at both partner institutions for courses and research, although the scheduling will be flexible.

After successful completion of the studies and the defence of the thesis, the PhD student will be granted a Doctor of Philosophy degree by both the Finnish and French universities.

To qualify, the candidates must have a recent Master of Science or equivalent degree in a relevant field.  The application deadlines are announced at the graduate school websites:


The nearest deadline is September 19th, 2016.

PLEIADES Beamline:

Contacts:            Prof. Edwin Kukk (
Dr Christophe Nicolas (

The J.R. Macdonald Laboratory, Physics Department, Kansas State University, is seeking three or more FELLOWS (POSTDOCS) in experimental ultrafast atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics. The Laboratory has two state-of-the-art CEP-stable lasers — a 10 kHz, 2 mJ, 21 fs laser and a 1 kHz, 20 mJ, 25 fs laser with an OPA to generate few-cycle pulses in the mid-IR — that are enabling new experiments aimed at studying ultrafast light-induced dynamics in atoms, molecules, and nanostructures.

More information is available in this website: and this document: [Download not found]

The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) and the Université de Bordeaux (France) offer a salaried PhD position (36 months) to be carried out under a co-tutelle agreement, starting by September 1st, 2016.

The successful applicant shall develop a research project onStudy of relativistic effect in non-linear interaction between molecules and xuv/soft x-ray short laser pulses, oriented to obtain a PhD diploma.

We seek for applicants possessing a bachelor degree in Physics or Chemical Physics plus post-graduate education (MSc), and good programming skills.

Further information can be found here:


Within the ERC Consolidator Grant project COMOTION — CONTROLLING THE MOTION OF COMPLEX MOLECULES AND PARTICLES there are several position openings.

For instance, the following two projects, amongst others, are open and to be filled as soon as possible. Further project descriptions are available at

Aerosols into vacuum
This project will develop strategies to optimally transfer large molecules/particles into high-vacuum through nebulization techniques, possibly combined with aerodynamic transport and focusing. Techniques include gas-dynamics-virtual-nozzle thin water jets, electrospray, and other analytical chemistry nebulization techniques, which will be combined with special aerodynamic lenses currently being developed in our group. This includes methodologies to cryogenically cool the produced beams. The resulting (bio)particle beams will be thoroughly characterized (density, distribution, charge-state,…) and applied in fundamental physics and biochemistry/structural biology studies. Subsequently, the experiments will be extended toward the control of these beams (mass selection, isomer separation, angular alignment).
The produced and well-controlled cold samples of large molecules/nanoparticles will be investigated using femtosecond lasers and with x-ray or electron diffraction experiments, using table-top (laboratory) as well as at Free-Electron laser sources.
The successful candidate will have an outstanding Ph.D. in experimental physics, physical chemistry, or a related field. Experience with aerosol technologies, lasers, vacuum equipment, or diffractive imaging is highly desirable.
Aerosol Sci. Technol. 22, 314 (1995)
Struct. Dyn. 2, 041717 (2015)
Opt. Exp., accepted (2016), arxiv:1512.06231 (2015)

Control of aerodynamically focussed beams of very large molecules and nanoparticles
In this project we develop strategies to control the transfer of very large molecules and nanoparticles to the interaction point of modern imaging experiments, in high-vacuum, through the use of cryogenic techniques and optical manipulation. “Shock-freezing” the molecules makes them especially amenable to the control of their internal and external degrees of freedom. External electric and laser fields allow for precise steering of the particles as well as for spatial separation based on physical properties (size, mass, structure). Methodologies to characterize these beams regarding density, distribution, charge-state, etc will be further developed.
The produced and well-controlled cold samples of very large molecules/nanoparticles will be investigated using X-ray or electron diffraction experiments in laboratory experiments, as well as at Free-Electron lasers.
The successful candidate will have an outstanding Ph.D. in experimental physics, physical chemistry, or a related field. Experience with lasers, aerosol technologies, vacuum equipment, or imaging is highly desirable.
Opt. Exp. 21, 30492 (2013)
Phys. Rev. X 2, 031002 (2012)
Int. Rev. Phys. Chem. X 34, 557 (2015)
Phys. Rev. Applied 4, 064001 (2015)
Opt. Expr., accepted (2016), arXiv:1512.06231 (2015)

More information at:
Controlled Molecule Imaging Group –
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jochen Küpper, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, DESY and Universität Hamburg
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CFEL Molecular Physics Seminar –

DESY, Hamburg location, is seeking for a Research Scientist (f/m) in theoretical chemical dynamics (Tenure Track)

The position

  • Lead the development of computational tools for describing ultrafast processes in polyatomic systems (includes both quantum-dynamical techniques as well as mixed quantum-classical approaches)
  • Identify experimentally relevant applications and provide guidance to experimentalists
  • Pursue independent and collaborative research in the area of ultrafast light-matter interactions
  • Communicate developments to the scientific community


  • A PhD in theoretical physics or theoretical chemistry
  • Expert knowledge in quantum-dynamical or mixed quantum-classical
  • Expert knowledge in chemical dynamics, particularly non-Born-Oppenheimer dynamics
  • Strong background in scientific computing and software development
  • Excellent English skills

For further information read this [Download not found] or contact Prof. Dr. Robin Santra +49-40-8998- 6300.

We are opening a postodoctoral position in attosecond physics at Lund University.

A description of the position can be found in the links below.

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Ikerbasque would like to inform you that we have launched a new international call to reinforce research and scientific career in the Basque Country. We offer:
• 15 positions for Promising Researchers Ikerbasque Research Fellows
o 5 year contracts
o PhD degree between Jan2006-Dec2013
o Support letter from the host group is mandatory
o Deadline: April 4th at 13:00 CET
For further information, please visit
We would appreciate your help in disseminating this information, in case you know about any colleague that could be interested and meets the requirements of the call.