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A postdoctoral position is available as part of the new ERC Consolidator Grant-funded research project COMOTION in the Controlled Molecule Imaging group at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), DESY, Hamburg.

Cryogenic buffer-gas cooling of large molecules
This project will develop strategies to cryogenically shock-freeze large molecules and nanoparticles, ranging from model peptides to whole viruses. This involves the setup of a cryogenic buffer gas cell and its coupling to various vaporization sources available or in development in our group. The resulting cold samples will be thoroughly characterized (density, distribution, charge-state,…) and systems for controlling (mass selection, isomer separation, alignment) these beams developed. The produced and well-controlled cold samples of large molecules/nanoparticles will be investigated using X-ray or electron diffraction in laboratory experiments, as well as at Free-Electron lasers.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in experimental physics, physical chemistry, or a related field. Experience with cryogenics (<10 K) and vacuum equipment is highly desirable.

This position is available immediately and until filled. For more information please contact the COMOTION project coordinator Dr. Daniel Horke ( or Prof. Dr. Jochen Küpper (

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organizations in Germany. DESY operates flexible work schemes. Handicapped persons will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants. DESY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women. There is an English-speaking Kindergarten on the DESY site.

Further position openings in the CMI group are described on our website at

A 3-year PhD funded by the French ANR Agency is available in the group of Prof Marie-Pierre Gaigeot at the University of Evry-Paris on the general subject of DFT-MD simulations of Solid-Liquid Interfaces for Catalysis, characterizing the structure, chemical reactivity, acidity constants, and vibrational spectroscopy of catalytic interfaces. The project involves a consortium of theoreticians and experimentalists from Universities and IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN)-Lyon.

We are looking for a motivated student with competences in theoretical and computational chemistry (ab initio calculations and/or molecular dynamics simulations), with experience in either solid-state or liquid-state.

In addition a strong background in chemistry, chemical-physics or physical-chemistry, is expected. Knowledge of one of these codes (CP2K, CPMD, VASP, CASTEP, SIESTA) would be welcome + knowledge of at least one programming language (fortran, C, or scripting languages).

Candidates should submit a CV, a letter of motivation and the names and contact emails of 2 referees to Starting date planned: October 2014-January 2015.

More details and references at (Jobs) where a flyer can be downloaded.

Quantum Chemical Studies of Ultra-fast Dynamics and X-ray spectra:
In the project, you will investigate new approaches for spectrum simulations with
state-of-the-art quantum chemistry and molecular dynamics methods.
The project is performed in close collaboration with experimental groups
for the interpretation of X-ray free electron laser measurements.
Deadline for applicaton: 1 Oct 2014.  (Reference number SU FV-2389-14)

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You are warmly welcome with any questions about the position.

Michael Odelius
FYSIKUM, Albanova, Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden


Simune is a spin-­off company recently founded by the Nanoscience Cooperative Research Center CIC nanoGUNE (Donostia-San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain) in a joint venture with top scientists with the aim of commercializing advanced computer‐simulation services to companies and technological organizations. Simune is based in San Sebastian.

We are offering a position to lead the scientific/technical area and develop simulation projects with the scientific support of the founders of the company.

We are looking for a talented individual with strong competence in leading, managing, and performing complex simulations for novel materials. Experience and interest in the following will be highly valued:

  • Actively participating in a spin-­off company
  • Interfacing with well-­known scientists and cutting-­edge technology
  • Supporting the commercial area and helping to establish long-­term relationships
  • Collaborating and helping to build up other areas of the company

Desired qualifications and skills:

  • Condensed-­Matter physicist, materials scientist, theoretical chemist, or related PhD in atomic-scale and/or electromagnetic simulations.
  • Strong background in fundamentals of materials
  • Previous experience in projects with industry would be an asset
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English)
  • Willing and able to travel internationally
  • Available to start ASAP

We offer:

The possibility to work in the business development of an innovative project in a highly technological field. This represents an excellent opportunity for personal and professional growth in a highly international organization that has the potential to become a leader in the field.

Applicants please send CV to

The Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC) at EPFL invites applications for faculty appointments in Physical and Analytical Chemistry. Exceptional applicants with expertise in the development and application of new tools, either for analytical/bioanalytical applications or directed towards chemical physics, are especially encouraged to apply.

We seek candidates with an outstanding research record and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels. While appointments are foreseen at the tenure-track assistant professor level, in exceptional cases an appointment at a more senior level may be considered.

Substantial start-up resources and research infrastructure will be available. We offer a highly international environment that is multi-lingual and multi-cultural.

Applications including cover letter with a statement of motivation, curriculum vitae, publications list, concise statements of research and teaching interests as well as the names and addresses (including email) of five references should be submitted, by October 15, 2014, via the website:

Further enquiries should be made to:
Prof. Paul Dyson
Chairman of the Search Committee

More information about EPFL and the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, please consult and

The EPFL actively aims to increase the presence of women amongst its faculty, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

For pdf document, please click here

A one-year contract as a postdoc associate is available in the group of Mario Barbatti ( at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, to start in September, 2014.

The aim of the project is to develop and implement new statistical algorithms for electronic-spectrum simulations into the Newton-X program ( and to investigate the dynamics of halogen species using nonadiabatic dynamics. The postdoc is supposed to have strong background in statistics and computational chemistry. During the project, he or she will build up expertise in atmospheric photochemistry.

Applicants should send a CV highlighting the relevant experience and a publication list to Recommendation letters may be requested later. More information can be directly obtained from Mario Barbatti.

The theory group on ‘Fundamental Processes in Quantum Physics’ at the Center for Optical Quantum Technologies of the University of Hamburg announces a PhD position in theoretical physics.

The PhD student will develop and apply state of the art methods to explore the structure and quantum dynamics of ultracold fermions in traps and optical lattices. We offer a stimulating and exciting atmosphere in an international environment with a rich guest program, excellent education and collaboration on forefront research topics.
For further information on our research profile see

We are looking for strongly motivated and highly skilled students who share the excitement of doing theoretical research.
To apply, please send a CV (including the names of 2 potential references) with a cover letter to Salaries are paid according to the German standards TVoeD EG 13/2 (PhD). Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

Zentrum für Optische Quantentechnologien – Universität Hamburg

The strong-field and nonlinear x-ray optics group at the Stanford PULSE Institute has immediate openings for postdoctoral researchers in the area of Attosecond Physics in Solids.

The PULSE Institute is a Stanford Independent Laboratory that provides world leadership in Ultrafast Science, including Attosecond Science and Strong-field Physics.

Our candidates are expected to have a PhD degree in physics, chemistry, ultrafast laser science or related field with experience in one or more of the following areas: experimental AMO or condensed matter physics, high harmonic generation, and attosecond pulse metrology.

More information here: [Post-doc-add-july2014]

Postdoctoral position in Attosecond and Strong Field Science or FEL Science at University College London

This position involves studies in the field of Attosecond and Strong-Field Science or FEL Science in the group of Dr Agapi Emmanouilidou, in the AMOPP group, in Physics and Astronomy at University College London. The position concerns the development of the theoretical and the computational framework for molecular studies in the above field. The applicant will benefit from a successful collaboration with other members of Dr Emmanouilidou’s group and a diverse scientific environment in the AMOPP group at UCL.

The duties include research in the field of laser matter interactions writing papers and collaborating with other students and postdocts.

The position is funded by EPSRC for 1.5-2 years in the first instance.

For further details please contact Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou at

A newly opened postdoc position in Attosecond Physics is available in the Division of Atomic Physics at the Faculty of Engineering, Lund University.

Specific subject description
Time-resolved studies of atoms and molecules using ultrashort intense laser pulses in the extreme ultraviolet and X-ray regions.
Job assignments
The work within this position will be performed at the Lund High power laser facility and to some extent at national and international user facilities, mainly involving experimental work. The project may include the following tasks:
• To use and develop a high power femtosecond laser for the generation and optimization of intense high-order harmonics and attosecond pulses
• Application of these intense harmonics to attosecond time-resolution studies of atoms and molecules using an imaging ion and electron spectrometer
• Development of these experiments for attosecond applications to molecules of biological interest
The postdoctoral fellow is expected to interact with the master students and the PhD-students in the research group and contribute to meetings and seminars. Teaching might also be part of the job.

For further details, please, take a look at the announcement [download pdf]