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The group “Theory and Modelling” at the University of Evry-Paris Saclay (LAMBE, UMR CNRS 8587) is currently seeking candidates for PhD positions. Deadline for applications is 11th April 2016, for starting dates in Sept-Oct 2016.

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, 2 of them in collaborative works with the USA, 1 with Germany, and 1 with IFPEN petroleum company.

4 PhD positions are opened and are described in more details on the website of the Paris-Saclay Doctoral School “Chemical Sciences” 2MIB (, click on ‘Sujets de Thèse’ & ‘Offre de sujets de projets doctoraux’). Subjects are described in French and in English.

Opened research topics for PhDs are:

– Ab initio molecular dynamics (DFT-MD, AIMD) for anharmonic vibrational spectroscopy of gas phase molecules and clusters. Director : Prof Marie-Pierre Gaigeot, Contact

– Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations (AIMD) of solid/liquid and liquid/air nanometric interfaces : structures, dynamics, chemical reactivity, vibrational spectroscopy at heterogeneous interfaces. Director : Prof Marie-Pierre Gaigeot, Contact

– Theoretical mass spectrometry of proteins. Director : Dr Riccardo Spezia, Contact

– Synthesis of molecules with astrophysical interest by molecular dynamics simulations. Director : Dr Riccardo Spezia, Contact

We welcome candidates with background in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical-Physics, Master courses with a large component in theory and simulations, good knowledge in solid state physics would be a plus for one of the subjects, knowledge of one coding langage would be welcome.

A post-doctoral researcher position is presently available to join a new collaborative program between the Attoscience and Ultrafast Optics and the Ultrafast Optical Dynamics of Solids groups at the Institute of Photonic Science (ICFO).

The position is dedicated to attosecond charge dynamics and ultrafast phase transitions in condensed matter, including organic materials and superconducting films. The experimental research will be conducted at the soft-X-ray beamline at ICFO which is the first to produce high flux single attosecond pulses covering the soft-X-ray water window up to the Oxygen K-shell edge at 534 eV (1,2). These unique experimental capabilities will be leveraged to develop and exploit attosecond soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy which will permit, for the first time, to interrogate a material’s dynamics (3,4) on the atto- to picosecond temporal scale in combination with element selectivity. The experiments will be supported by measurements at facility scale light sources such as synchrotrons and free electron lasers. The success of the project will have impact across the fields of attoscience, ultrafast physics and material science with clear potential for high profile scientific output.

[1] L. Cousin, F. Silva, S. Teichmann, M. Hemmer, B. Buades, J. Biegert, “High flux table-top soft X-ray source driven by sub-2-cycle, CEP stable, 1.85 μm 1 kHz pulses for carbon K-edge spectroscopy”, Opt. Lett. 39, 5383 (2014)

[2] Silva, S. Teichmann, S. L. Cousin, J. Biegert, “Spatio-temporal isolation of attosecond soft X-ray pulses in the water window”, Nature Commun. 6, 6611 (2015)

[3] Waldecker, T. A. Miller, M. Rudé R. Bertoni, J. Osmond, V. Pruneri, R. E. Simpson, S. Wall, “Time domain separation of optical properties from structural transitions in resonantly bonded materials”, Nat. Mat. 14 991 (2015)

[4] G. Sala, S. Dal Conte, T. A. Miller, D. Viola, E. Luppi, V. Véniard, G. Cerullo, S. Wall, “Light-control of the ultrafast demagnetization pathway in an antiferromagnetic insulator” arXiv:1509.09214 (2015)

Environment: Our friendly and stimulating environment includes state of the art laboratories with several unique and cutting edge few-cycle and tunable light sources ranging from the soft X-ray to the mid-infrared. Supporting infrastructure includes facilities for material growth, preparation and diagnostics. We are embedded in several prominent national, European and international networks as well as collaborations which ensures a vibrant and stimulating international research environment.

Position: We offer a postdoctoral position to a highly motivated and dynamic young scientist who wishes to enhance his/her scientific career in an emerging new field which resides at the forefront of attosecond science, soft-X-ray spectroscopy and ultrafast dynamics. The candidate will conduct experimental research within our existing teams and on the first attosecond soft X-ray beamline. The position is available immediately and initially offered for one year with the possibility for extension.

Qualification: We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate with experience in ultrafast spectroscopy and pump probe methodologies. Ideal is a background on time resolved soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy or diffraction and familiarity with high harmonic setups, or slicing sources, laser based X-ray generation or free-electron lasers. Diligent work ethics, interest in cross disciplinary work and an aptitude for problem solving and team work is expected. The candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree (or evidence of its completion in the nearest future)

Contact: Candidates should forward a CV and references to and Contact for formal enquiries regarding the application.

Attoscience and Ultrafast Optics:

Ultrafast Optical Dynamics of Solids:

Two Early Stage Researcher positions available within the Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network “MEDEA”: Molecular Electron Dynamics investigated by IntensE Fields and Attosecond Pulses.

Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Germany
“Electron delocalization at the molecule-surface interface”
Supervisor: Reinhard Kienberger: reinhard.kienberger@tum.

Amplitude Technologies, France
“High-energy CEP-stable pulses for nonlinear XUV spectroscopy”
Supervisor Julie Siv:

This document contains more information about the network:  MEDEA-Flyer

For further information, you can contact Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Sansone.
Dipartimento di Fisica Politecnico


A 2 years post-doctoral fellowship in attosecond molecular science is available at the Institut Lumière matière (ILM, LYON, France), in the group “Excited states dynamics” (

The candidate will use the ILM XUV beamline delivering attosecond and short (6fs) IR pulses at 5 kHz rep. rate, to perform pump-probe mass-spectrometry and velocity map imaging experiments on complex molecular systems. He/she will investigate coherent charge transport, non-adiabatic relaxation and XUV induced ultrafast processes in molecules.

The ILM is a large multidisciplinary institute of CNRS and Lyon university. It is composed of 300 members in 21 research groups working on a broad panel of research topics including: ultrafast science, nanophysics, analytical chemistry, biomolecules, liquid phase, theory, ion collisions etc…

The group “Excited states dynamics” investigates structures and dynamical processes in complex molecules using state-of-the-art tools of molecular science and ultrafast optics (see references).

Candidate should have skills in at least one of the following topics:

High harmonic generation and attosecond pulses, Femtochemistry, Velocity map imaging, Electrospray ionization source, Molecular physics, XUV radiation.

(Possible starting date: from February 15, 2016)

For application, send a CV to: Dr Franck LEPINE:



Attosecond molecular physics: Fact or Fiction?
Lépine et al. Nature Photonics, 8, 195–204 (2014)

XUV excitation followed by ultrafast non-adiabatic relaxation in PAH molecules as a  Femto-Astrochemistry experiment
Marciniak et al Nature Communication, 6 , 7909 (2015)

Attosecond Hole Migration in Benzene Molecule Surviving Nuclear Motion
Despré et  al. J. Chem. Phys. Lett., 6, 426–431 (2015)

Probing time-dependent molecular dipole on the attosecond timescale
Ch. Neidel et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 033001 (2013)


Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network: “ASPIRE”

 As previously announced, the “ASPIRE” ITN-ETN will commence in March and is recruiting twelve Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to start their positions around September 2016.  These ESRs will have the opportunity to register for a PhD as part of their training, and will each be recruited to one of the nine academic and industrial member institutions located across Europe.

“ASPIRE” stands for “Angular Studies of Photoelectron in Innovative Research Environments”.  The ASPIRE network will focus on the measurement of Molecular Frame Photoelectron Angular Distributions (MF-PADs), which can be interpreted as electron diffraction patterns achieved by “illuminating the molecule from within”, and enable the electronic structure and dynamics of molecules to be interrogated. Progress in this area is highly technologically driven, requiring ever more sophisticated light sources and faster detectors.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Networks provide a unique experience for young researchers, who benefit from secondments and travel opportunities as well as network based training and research.   Successful candidates, who must fulfil the eligibility criteria concerning experience and mobility, will receive an attractive salary package, including generous mobility and family allowances, in accordance with the MSCA regulations for ESRs.

More details, including the projects and positions currently available, can be found on the ASPIRE website,, which will be updated at regular intervals.  We would be grateful if you could direct this announcement to potential candidates.


Several Max Planck Institutes for are seeking nominations for the position of Director in different research fields.

Directors pursue a bold research agenda and lead the institute jointly with their colleagues.

Nominees should have achieved distinction in their fields. Proven scientific or scholarly excellence and an innovative research program, rather than age or academic rank, are chief criteria for a directorship. We are looking for the strongest and most creative scientists worldwide, and
offer an international, excellent research environment, outstanding infrastructure and long-term scientific funding.

Nominations should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a brief description of the research program and should be sent as one PDF document to

Nominations should be submitted by December 15, 2015, but later nominations may also be considered.

More information available here  here (52 downloads)

The division of Prof. Thomas Pfeifer, focusing on the fundamental physics of quantum dynamics and control at the Max Planck Institut für Kernphysik at Heidelberg, (Germany), offers a stimulating and international research environment and invites applications for

Post-Doctoral Research Associates
with or without group-leader function
depending on scientific qualification and standing

Research Area:
– Time-resolved control and precision spectroscopy/metrology, especially regarding x-ray (>10 keV) nuclear transitions on the nano-, pico-, and femto-second scale
– Mössbauer spectroscopy with natural isotopes and pulsed synchrotron/free-electron Laser (FEL) light sources

Your Profile:
– A doctoral degree or PhD in physics
– Prior experience with some experimental techniques mentioned above certified by publications with contributions as a main author
– Highly beneficial: Experience with femtosecond spectroscopy and/or control, in the best case applied to lattice vibrations / phonons

The salary will be paid according to the collective agreement for civil service employees (TVöD) and includes additional retirement benefits (VBL). The details will depend on the qualification of the applicant. The contract period is for 2 years with the possibility of extension.

Further information about our research division can be found

Please apply ONLINE no later than 15 December 2015. Required documents: cover letter (reference # 18 -2015), CV, research statement, publication list, copy of doctoral/PhD diploma and contact details of at least three referees.

Download full information about this position in pdf format here: 18-2015_Postdocs_Pfeifer_engl

There is a 2 year postdoctoral position in quantum dynamics method development available at the Cecam headquarters at EPF-Lausanne. This position is part of the E-CAM project supporting European e-infrastructure. The position is to work with Sara Bonella (Cecam), Ivano Tavernelli (IBM) and Graham Worth (Birmingham) on (1) developing and comparing methods for treating open systems (2) developing algorithms for quantum dynamics on a quantum computer. For further details see:

Closing date is Dec. 20th 2015.

Graham Worth

The structure function relationship is an important fundamental concept in the molecular sciences. In this project attosecond electron dynamics of complex molecules will be investigated for different structural isomers of complex molecules. In close collaboration with theory, this will provide a direct measurement of the structure-function relationship with respect to the electronic, i.e., chemical, properties of the molecules.

The early-stage researcher (ESR) will be an integral part of the MEDEA network and will be the driving force of the experiments to investigate conformer-specific attosecond dynamics in complex molecules. The work will be performed primarily at DESY/CFEL and in close collaboration with the network nodes at Politecnico di Milano and Aarhus University as well as the partner node in Heidelberg, which will provide theoretical support. Moreover, collaboration with as well as a secondment at the industrial partner Photek is foreseen.

The project does include significant outreach activities. This includes the teaching of high-school students by the ESR, using the Photonics Explorer toolkit provided by the network/EYEST.

A successful candidate will have a background in experimental physics or a related field. The EU ITN requires mobility and the candidate must have spend less than 12 month of the last 3 years in Germany. Salary is according to EU standards for a full position (i.e., very good).

Please see our website for further details, including

New Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network: “ASPIRE”, Advance Announcement

The “ASPIRE” ITN-ETN will commence in March 2016 and will be recruiting twelve Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Networks provide a unique experience for young researchers who benefit from secondments and travel opportunities as well as network based training and research.   Successful candidates will receive an attractive salary package, including generous mobility and family allowances, in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers.

ASPIRE” stands for “Angular Studies of Photoelectron in Innovative Research Environments”.  The ASPIRE network will focus on the measurement of Molecular Frame Photoelectron Angular Distributions (MF-PADs), which can be interpreted as electron diffraction patterns achieved by “illuminating the molecule from within”, and enable the electronic structure and dynamics of molecules to be interrogated. Progress in this area is highly technologically driven, requiring ever more sophisticated light sources and faster detectors. The input of private sector beneficiaries and partner organizations is therefore critical to the scientific objectives, as well as to the enhanced training environment provided by the network.

The following groups and projects form the core of the ASPIRE network, alongside partner organizations in the academic and private sectors.  For more information on ASPIRE contact the Coordinator* or one of the group leaders listed below.

University of Nottingham


Goethe University Frankfurt

  • “Three-dimensional molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions from chiral molecules using circularly polarized light”, Reinhard Doerner,


  • “Development of a 3D detector for imaging experiments in a full spectrometer system”, Orla Kelly,

Universite Paris-Sud

  • “Probing ultrafast electronic and nuclear dynamics in molecules by spectrally & time resolved molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions”, Danielle Dowek,

Synchrotron SOLEIL

Aarhus University

  • “Molecular structure determination using molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions from strong field ionization”, Henrik Stapelfeldt,
  • “PADs from aligned molecules embedded in helium nanodroplets”, Henrik Stapelfeldt,

CNR-IFN and Politecnico di Milano

  • “Ultrafast Dynamic Imaging of Complex Molecules by Laser Induced Electron Diffraction”, Caterina Vozzi,

Max Born Institute, Berlin