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A post doc position is available in the Lab. of Ultrafast Spectroscopy at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

The candidate is expected to conduct experiments at the Swiss Light Source synchrotron (SLS at the Paul-Scherrer-Institut, PSI, Villigen, Switzerland) and to prepare for the upcoming experiments at the SwissFEL free electron laser when it comes into operation in 2017. The experiments concern the study of the ultrafast structural dynamics of chemical (molecular and nano) and biological systems in solution. The lab. of Ultrafast Spectroscopy has complete equipment (laser system, detection and data acquisition systems, sample handling systems, etc.) at the SLS to conduct its research there. The candidate will be based at PSI-Villigen and will closely coordinate her/his activities with our partners of the SLS and SwissFEL. She/he will benefit from backing from the Lausanne lab for laser-only characterization experiments and technical support.

The position is for one year, renewable up to 4. It offers great perspectives for future career and growth given the current developments at Free Electron Laser facilities world-wide.

Applications and requests for more information to:

Professor Majed CHERGUI

Lab. of Ultrafast Spectroscopy (LSU) and Lausanne Centre for Ultrafast Science (LACUS)
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

The Doctoral Programme of Physics and Chemistry at the University of Turku has announced new funded PhD student positions.

The positions are for 4 years and the salaries are quite good in international comparison.

Good students who have recently graduated with a Master’s or equivalent degree and could be interested in pursuing doctoral studies abroad at the University of Turku are encouraged to contact Prof. Edwin Kukk at

The possible research fields are:
– Interaction of radiation with molecules and clusters, including
electron, ion and coincidence spectroscopy at home lab, synchrotron facilities and FELs
instrumental development
theoretical approaches and computational modeling
– Electron spectroscopic studies of surfaces and interfaces at home lab using various characterization techniques (ESCA, Auger, AFM, SEM) and at synchrotron facilities

Edwin Kukk, Prof.
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
University of Turku
Vesilinnantie 5
FI-20014 Turku, Finland
Tel: +35823336089

Position openings for postdoctoral fellows co-funded by the Office of the National Administrative Committee for Postdoctoral Researchers in China (ONACPR) and DESY. Please see for details and the following zip file for all announced projects at DESY:

General position announcements in Jochen Küpper’group are at

Theyare looking for (senior) postdocs, especially for our COMOTION project:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jochen Küpper
Controlled Molecule Imaging Group –
Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL)
Department of Physics & Center for Ultrafast Imaging (CUI)

A post-doctoral researcher position is presently available to join a collaborative program between two research groups at the Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay and the SOLEIL Synchrotron light source , dedicated to ultrafast dynamics of electronic and nuclear wavepackets in isolated molecules, from valence- and inner-shell photoionization to fragmentation and reaction dynamics, in time-resolved studies at the attosecond (as) and femtosecond (fs) time scales.

This program will take place in the context of the development of the ATTOLab facility which includes two high performance laser systems (Ti:sapphire IR, <20fs, CEP phase stabilized, respectively 15W/1kHz and 20W/10kHz, installed at CEA/l’Orme-les-Merisiers), and associated attosecond sources in the extreme-UV (XUV) based on laser-driven high harmonic generation. Advanced optical instrumentation of the XUV beamlines is being developed in the related OPT2X project with support of the Université Paris-Saclay.

The experiments will make use of multiparticle coincidence spectroscopy techniques to access physical observables at the most sensitive level, in particular through time-resolved studies of molecular-frame photoemission in excited molecules undergoing ultrafast dynamical changes. The postdoc will contribute to further develop existing equipment, e.g., electron/ion momentum imaging spectrometer of COLTRIMS type, and adapt it to the new capabilities of the 10 kHz attosecond beamline in ATTOLab. In parallel, photoemission studies will be carried out on the PLEIADES beamline at SOLEIL synchrotron. Within the synergy provided by the Université Paris-Saclay groups, opportunities will exist for the post-doctorate fellow to test new ideas using harmonic sources, synchrotron radiation and possibly FEL sources. Close collaborations with theoretical groups have already been established and will be essential to the interpretation of the data.

The candidate should have a PhD degree in either physics or physical chemistry granted within the last four years, and experience with some of the following topics:

– Gas phase molecular & photoionization dynamics using XUV radiation sources
– Multiparticle coincidence spectroscopy & data analysis
– Time & position sensitive charged particle detection

The position is currently available for one year with the possibility of one year extension on mutual agreement. Motivated candidates should forward a CV and contact information for two references before July 10th to:

Danielle Dowek – and/or John Bozek –

SOLEIL Synchrotron,

The Department of Physics and Astronomy ( invites applications for an independent permanent position as Associate Professor in theoretical quantum molecular physics. The Department wants to strengthen its theory activities within interdisciplinary molecular sciences, covering physics and chemistry as well as applications in biological environments. The position is open from September 1, 2015.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy particularly wants to strengthen the theory activities within photo-physical properties of molecules (spectroscopy and dynamics). Documented research on molecular processes of biophysical relevance and experience with theoretical modeling of non-adiabatic molecular dynamics involving excited states is seen as an advantage. Documented collaboration with experimental groups, and application of the theoretical methods to a broader range of problems, is considered an asset.

Applicants must have a strong record of original scientific research at a high international level. They must document dynamic leadership and talent for supervision of young researchers. Abilities to promote collaborative research and to attract external funding are additionally favorable qualifications of the candidate for the position.

Applicants are expected to document their experience with University teaching in physics at all levels, including the supervision of MSc and PhD students.

Further information can be obtained from Head of Department Lars H. Andersen, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 120, DK-8000 Aarhus C by e-mail:

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching qualifications and management experience. Guidelines for applicants can be found here.
Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. (in Danish).
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

CFEL Molecular Physics – Controlled Molecule Imaging

The Controlled Molecule Imaging group (CMI) develops methods to control complex
molecules in the gas phase. Currently, we are extending our research toward very large molecules and particles based on funding through a European Research Council (ERC)
Consolidator Grant “COMOTION”: Controlling the motion of very large molecules and particles.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in the physical sciences, for instance, in theoretical or experimental atomic or molecular physics, physical chemistry, quantum optics, or laser physics. A strong foundation in quantum mechanics is necessary, experience with lasers, vacuum equipment, and programming skills are an advantage. Curiosity and motivation for groundbreaking science is assumed.

Contact: For further information please contact Jochen Küpper ( or see

Donwload flyer here

MEDEA is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN-ETN) funded in the framework of the HORIZON 2020 program. The main objective of the MEDEA proposal is to create a platform where Early Stage Researchers will receive an inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral comprehensive research training in one of the major field of Photonics that will be contributed by leading universities and research centers, and by key-player companies in the development and commercialization of state-of-the-art ultrafast laser sources and detection systems.

Eligibility criteria
Applicants shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
Applicants can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. At the time of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneciary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.

The gross amount salary will be composed by a monthly living allowance: (€ 3,110 / month adjusted through the application of a correction coecient for the cost of living of the hosting country) and a mobility allowance (€ 600 / month). Depending on the researcher’s
family situation at the recruitment date also a family allowance (€ 500 / month) could be paid.

For information:
Prof. Giuseppe Sansone
Physics Department
Politecnico Milano, Italy
MEDEA Flyer [Download)

A Consortium of 12 European Universities and 14 associated partners, including 9 private companies, under the coordination of the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, offers 15 fully-funded 3-year PhD fellowships within the European Joint Doctorate Program in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling (EJD-TCCM), funded under the framework of the Innovative Training Networks of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action ITN-EJD-642294. TCCM. A detailed list of the projects and the institutions involved can be consulted on our website:


The research projects are focused on three fields:

  • Molecular materials: to design new materials with special properties that open new applications in nanoelectronics, nanomagnetism, gas-sensing, gas separation or catalysis.
  • Biomelecules at the frontier for new therapies: To extend the modelling techniques of biomolecules to new problems in the frontier of physics, chemistry and biology by treating the interaction with photons for the design of photostable drugs or new photosensitizers for cancer phototherapies or by treating the interaction with ions to design new methods for structural characterization, or the interaction with highly charged heavy ions for cancer treatments.
  • Energy: to design more efficient compounds for photovoltaic organic cells and to design new materials for energy storage.

 We offer

  • A 3-year European Joint Doctorate with cross-disciplinary thesis research in an stimulating, international scientific environment.
  • Working in top European Universities in at least two different countries
  • Supervision and mentorship by a team of internationally renowned experts.
  • Advanced training (scientific, transferable skills, career orientation) opportunities in English.
  • 2-10 months placement in private companies
  • An employment contract with full social security coverage

 How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at our website .

The deadline is 15th April 2015.
PhD projects start in summer/autumn 2015.

Please address your questions to

Attosecond photoionization and high harmonic spectroscopy
PhD position in the frame of the European Research Network MEDEA

The interaction of strong laser fields with atomic and molecular gases leads to the emission of exceptionally short bursts of XUV light of attosecond (10-18 s) duration through the process of high-order harmonic generation. This emission is a coherent process that encodes important information about the structure and dynamics of the radiating atomic or molecular system. Accessing such transient information would help understanding, e.g., the ultrafast charge migration following molecular strong-field ionization. Moreover, the broadband attosecond pulses may be used to ionize molecular targets, allowing the measurement of attosecond ionization delays or the study of the ensuing ultrafast charge migration in a variety of bio-molecules.

The objective of this PhD project will be to develop both high-harmonic and photoionization spectroscopies and to apply them to the study of various processes, from photoionization delays to the observation and control of ultrafast charge migration in molecules.

A large part of this work will be performed in collaboration with other members of the MEDEA European Research Network through joint experiments in the different associated European laboratories (Milano, Lund, Aahrus) and companies (Amplitude Technologies), as well as with other partner laboratories (London, Columbus-Ohio). The PhD student will join the Attophysics Group, composed of 9 permanent senior researchers and ~10 doctorates and postdocs. Saclay provides an excellent scientific environment: it has a long tradition and expertise in intense laser-matter interactions, and especially, in high harmonic and attosecond pulse generation, both in theory and experiments. The Saclay Laser-matter Interaction Center is a LASERLAB European Facility and includes the brand new state-of-the-art ATTOLAB facility. The geographical location (Paris’suburb) close to Orsay University, École Polytechnique, LOA, Institut d’Optique, SOLEIL synchrotron, allows frequent and fruitful exchanges.

Candidates should send a CV, letter of interest and address of two references to Dr. Pascal Salières ( A background in ultrafast optics, nonlinear optics, atomic and molecular physics is required.

The fully funded 3-year PhD grant will be determined according to European rules, and will include, in addition to the salary, a monthly mobility allowance and full social security coverage. MEDEA offers advanced training opportunities, supervision and mentorship by internationally renowned experts.

A postdoc position is open in the EIS group at the FERMI@Elettra free electron laser (Trieste, Italy), on time resolved studies of nonequilibrium condensed matter.

You can find more details here: