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The 1st Meeting of the Working Group 2 – Reactivity of highly excited and highly charged molecules – of the XLIC COST Action will take place from the 24th to 27th of February 2014, in the Mercure Omaha Beach hotel situated in Port-en-Bessin (Lower-Normandy, France).
For more information about the Meeting and registration procedure, please, visit:

Project title: Attosecond control of electron dynamics in biomolecules

A one-year postdoctoral position is available in the field of attosecond science at the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (CNR-IFN) ), Physics Department – Politecnico di Milano,  in Milan, Italy.

The main topic of the project is the investigation of ultrafast electron dynamics in molecules, with particular emphasis on biomolecules, using attosecond pulses. Attosecond measurements are performed using various experimental techniques, as streaking spectroscopy and velocity map imaging spectroscopy, based on the combined use of isolated attosecond pulses and sub-4-fs visible/near-infrared pulses. The project spans a wide range of expertise, from ultrafast laser technology and attosecond science to atomic and molecular physics, from chemistry to biology.

We are seeking to appoint a Post doc to work in the attosecond laboratory, which is equipped with an advanced femtosecond laser system and an innovative attosecond beamline, routinely generating sub-200-as isolated attosecond pulses with nanojoule energy. The candidates must have a PhD (or about to have a PhD) in Physics or Chemistry on subjects with strong relationship with the project.  Experience on ultrafast technology and attosecond science experimental techniques is essential. A good track record of scientific and technical achievements is important.

Preferred method of application is by email, as indicated below.

Applications must include a Curriculum Vitae and a list of publications.

 For applications, please contact:

Prof. Mauro Nisoli
  Tel.: +39 02 2399 6167

Dr. Francesca Calegari
  Tel.: +39 02 2399 6055

Project: Ultrafast electron dynamics in molecules

The Université catholique de Louvain invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in the field of Photophysics: Light-Matter Interaction. The successful candidate will carry out experimental investigations of the dynamics of electron clouds in quantum systems of increasing complexity, with potential applications in physics, chemistry and biology.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications before 17 December 2013.

Contact: Xavier Urbain (

Radiation damage in nano-hydrated biomolecular systems:

direct and indirect processes and radiosensitizer efficiency

A one-year postdoctoral position is available in the field of atomic and molecular physics in the group AMA (Atoms, Molecules and Clusters) of the Centre de Recherche sur les Ions, les Matériaux et la Photonique (CIMAP), in Caen (France). The position is funded by the “Plan Physique Cancer” (INCa/INSERM) in the framework of a collaboration between the CIAMP and the Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon (IPNL).

Research project: Nowadays, ion beam cancer therapy is a powerful emergent technique used in cancer treatment, especially for deep-seated tumors. The advantages of ion beams with respect to conventional radiotherapy techniques based on photons and electrons are well known. They are due to the characteristic Bragg peak, the small lateral spreading and the increased relative radiobiological efficiency. However, a number of important scientific questions, especially related to DNA damage assessment at the molecular level, have not been resolved.  We propose to study the fundamental processes occurring at the molecular level during the interaction of ions with small biological systems in the gas phase. We will measure the destruction rates of biomolecules governed by energy and charge transfer. Mass spectrometric analysis will be applied to obtain detailed insights into the fragmentation pathways of ion-induced radiation damage and the secondary electron production. The studies will be performed with isolated as well as nano-hydrated biomolecules to clarify the role of water molecules in the radiation damage process (direct and indirect effects). In addition, noble metal nanoparticles will be included in the target in order to elucidate their enhancing effect on the radio-biological efficiency of ion irradiation. To improve our understanding of the first steps of radiation damage induced by ionizing radiation, the experimental work will be supported by simulations of radical production by water radiolysis with and without nanoparticle included.


The candidate will further develop the experimental set-up and implement first experiments on ion collisions with biological complex systems in the gas phase.  The candidate should have a PhD in Physics or Physical-Chemistry. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in instrument development, gas phase techniques and mass spectrometry. The successful candidate is expected to start in January 2014. The monthly gross salary is 2900 euros. Applicants should send a letter of motivation, CV, publication list and two letters of recommendation from academic referees to:


Alicja Domaracka


Boulevard Henri Becquerel, BP 5133

F-14070 Caen cedex 5


+33(0)2 31 45 49 91

The first general meeting of the XLIC Cost Action will be held in Madrid (Spain) from 11 until 13 November.

On these dates we will also have the Management Committee Meeting and the Kick Off Meeting of the Working Groups.

Click here to register  (DEADLINE 15th October, 2013)

Application for Short Term Scientific Missions -STSM- is already open.

STSM is one of the main mechanism we want to promote in the Action  to the exchange of expertise among groups. Application to do STSM during the summer 2013 are most welcome. STSM can last between 1 week and 3 months and you can apply for them at any time. The time to approve a STSM should be ideally shorter than 2 weeks.

Please go to the section STSM to get the information on how to apply.