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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
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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.

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. Salary is according to EU standards for a full position.

Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 133003 (2008)
Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 023001 (2009)
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 48, 4900 (2009)
arXiv:1409.2836 [physics] (2014)

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jochen Küpper
Funding: EU ITN – Marie Curie Action MEDEA