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We are looking for a postdoctoral appointee to work in one of the two detailed projects below under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Picón at the Chemistry Department ( of the University Autónoma de Madrid (Spain).

  • Starting date: The position is expected to start by September 2018, and may be funded for two years, subject to the positive evaluation of the hired researcher.
  • Remuneration: Gross salary (before applying national income taxes) is 30.000 Euros/year (it includes Spanish Social Security and public healthcare).


  • Studies of electron transport induced by IR and mid-IR pulsed lasers in semiconductor and two-dimensional materials.
    Resolving the real-time motion of carriers amongst valence and conduction band states provides the foundation for the development of materials with novel functionality and the advancement of modern electronics. Future studies using ultrafast capabilities with few-/sub-femtosecond x-ray transient absorption are essential to understand the optical response of materials in the early steps and unveil the role of electron-electron and electron-phonon scattering. The aim of this project is to develop a novel theoretical approach to understand the role of electron transport in semiconductor and other attractive two-dimensional materials via x-ray spectroscopy.
  • Studies of charge migration in relevant biomolecules and in photosensitizers molecules for catalysis research.
    Charge migration plays a fundamental question to be addressed in the next years, especially for the development of imaging techniques in biomolecules with few-femtosecond/sub-femtosecond x-ray pulses. The group has a strong tradition in this important research line. This project plans to simulate the x-ray probing and explore the possibility with ultrashort x-rays to track the induced charge migration. These studies will be possible to be experimentally conducted in free-electron laser (XFEL) facilities and in novel soft-x-ray HHG-laser-based sources.


  • PhD degree in Physics, Material Physics, Chemical Physics or related,
  • Strong background in quantum chemistry, including the modeling of electronic excited states.
  • Experience in FORTRAN/C++ programming, treatment of periodic systems and/or dynamical calculations will be positively considered.


Applicants should send his/her CV, including the names of two persons of reference, and contact information (in a single pdf file named as the candidate) to before May 30th 2018. Please, include the reference 2017-T1/IND-5432 in the subject of your message.
Recommendation letters could be requested during the selection process.
Selected candidates shall be contacted for an interview.


The Comunidad de Madrid regional government provides funding for this job in the frame the call to attract research talent to work in research groups at the Madrid region (Ref. 2017-T1/IND-5432).

A two year post-doctoral research assistant (PDRA) positions is available at The Open University to work in the group Dr. Jimena Gorfinkiel ( starting in early 2018. The work involves implementing significant improvements to the UKRmol+ suite, in order to produce a software suite to accurately describe atoms and molecules  in intense, ultra-short light fields.

The position is funded by the grant R-matrix suites for multielectron attosecond dynamics in atoms and molecules irradiated by arbitrarily polarised light, a collaboration between The Open University and Queen’s University Belfast with collaborators from University College London, Max Born Institute for Non-linear Optics, Quantemol Ltd.  and the Scientific Computing Department at STFC.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • A PhD in physics, computational chemistry or a closely related field.
  • Experience of applying techniques of high performance computing to problems in physics/chemistry and excellent knowledge of Fortran 95
  • Good numerical analysis and problem solving skills
  • The ability to work both independently and cooperatively as a productive member of a geographically distributed team.

More details and information on how to apply can be found here:   For an informal discussion of the project contact Jimena directly: The deadline for applications is 23 November.

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.

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

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

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,

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

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