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Dr. Antonio Picón at the Chemistry Department ( of the University Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) is looking for a for a PhD candidate to work in attosecond spectroscopy in complex systems. The candidate should ideally start by September/October 2018 and may be hired for up to 3 years.

The research project: Resolving the real-time motion of electrons in complex physical systems is fundamental to advance novel functionalities in catalytic molecules and two-dimensional materials such as graphene. Future studies using ultrafast capabilities with few-/sub-femtosecond x-ray pulses are essential to understand the optical response of these systems in the early steps and unveil the role of electron-electron and electron-nuclear couplings.. The aim of this project is to develop a novel theoretical approach to understand the role of electron transport in these complex systems via attosecond x-ray spectroscopy. More information can be found at:

Eligibility Criteria: Prospect candidates must have, by the date of appointment (September, 2018), a Bachelor degree in physics or chemistry (3 years) and a post graduate specialization degree (e.g. MSc) in Physics or Chemical Physics; good knowledge of at least one programming language (Fortran 90, C, C++, Python, etc.); knowledge of quantum mechanics, solid state physics, basic atomic, molecular and optical physics, and numerical methods; Fluent English; enthusiasm for learning and commitment to teamwork.

Application procedure: Interested candidates are kindly requested to check all details about the application procedure at: . Applications not complying with the call guidelines may be discarded. Deadline for the submission of applications is May 20th, 2018.

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

Phd position – application form
Phd Call Guidelines

The DFG-funded International Research Training Group 2079 “Cold Controlled Ensembles in Physics and Chemistry” at University of Freiburg offers 1 PhD position in the field of femtosecond spectroscopy of cold molecular and cluster beams ( The PhD program in collaboration with the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, offers dual supervision by supervisors from both research sites, and an extended stay at UBC.

We are looking for excellent MSc graduates in Physics, Chemistry or a related area with an interest in interdisciplinary, multinational research. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13 (75%).

Inquiries and applications should be sent to: Documents should be sent as a single pdf-file including a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications (if available) and the contact details of at least two referees. Further Information can be found at

The University of Freiburg seeks to increase the number of female scientific faculty members and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply for the position. The university is committed to providing a family-friendly workplace. In case of equal qualification persons with disabilities (Schwerbehinderte) will be given preference.

Position: Early Stage Researcher (PhD) in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN) H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014 MEDEA 641789


Institution: Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany

Duration: four years (from 01.01.2017)

Synthetic description of the project:

The project is focused on experiments to be performed at Free Electron Lasers (FELs), and, in particular at the FEL FERMI, that delivers tunable XUV pulses with a bandwidth between 30 and 90 meV. Coherent control schemes in the XUV spectral range exploiting the unique properties of the FEL FERMI will be investigated. In particular, the ESR will investigate how the combination of multi-color coherent XUV radiation can be used to control the photoionization process and electronic dynamics in inner valence shells of atoms and molecules. Finally, she/he will also investigate novel approaches for the generation of attosecond pulse trains using XUV FELs.

The work will be conducted in close collaboration with the atomic/molecular/ and optical physics group of the Elettra Sincrotrone led by Dr. Kevin Prince and Dr. Carlo Callegari.


Prof. Dr. G. Sansone
Physikalisches Institut der
Stefan-Meier-Str. 19
79104 Freiburg
Tel.: (+49)/(0)761-203-5723
FAX (+49)/(0)761-203-5955

The research group “Femtosecond spectroscopy and ultrafast laser control” of Prof. Thomas Baumert at University of Kassel is looking for a

PhD student (f/m).

Salary will be according to TV13 / 2.

The everyday phenomenon of chirality has been fascinating scientists and philosophers for centuries. Molecular chirality, especially, plays an important role in the fundamental building blocks of nature. It is also crucial for human health as the positive or negative effects of pharmaceuticals can depend on the chirality of its active ingredients. Furthermore, chiral molecules act as versatile testbeds in fundamental physical sciences.
Within a large research effort, our groups strives to understand and control molecular chirality on a microscopic level. Therefore, we investigate isolated molecular quantum systems in the gas phase using state-of-the-art methods of molecular physics. The specific task of this PhD project is to invert chirality of a molecule using ultra short laser pulses.
The PhD student will have to perform experiments in the lab, to evaluate the data using computational methods and to present the results on scientific conferences and through publications in peer-reviewed journals.

– MSc or equal in physics or physical chemistry with very good marks.
– Good experimental skills in at least one of the following fields: Ultra short laser pulses, high-vacuum techniques and charged-particle detection.
– Ability to work in a team, high motivation and capability to work independently.

The city of Kassel:
Kassel (c. 200 000 inhabitants) lies in the geographic center of Germany and is connected very well to various modes of the transportation network. The city hosts the famous Documenta exhibition for contemporary arts and has about 24 000 students. The high recreational value of the area is underlined by the presence of both world cultural heritage (Bergpark Kassel) and world natural heritage (Kellerwald), while housing is relatively cheap compared with other large cities in Germany.

Our research group:
Find out more about our research on our webpage ( It also holds first visual impressions of our labs (

Interested? Please send your complete application to Prof. Thomas Baumert or Dr. Arne Senftleben. Email addresses can be found on the webpage. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone.

A collaboration project between the Synchrotron SOLEIL ( ), France  and the University of Turku ( ), Finland, is looking for candidates to apply for a 4 year funded PhD position.  The collaboration involves the PLEIADES beamline of SOLEIL and the Materials Research Laboratory in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Turku, and is aimed at developing and applying novel methods for gas-phase spectroscopy of fragile organic molecules.

While several fragmentation studies of soft x-ray irradiation of DNA bases or peptides exist, there is a lack of studies on neutral polypeptides or medium sized neutral biomolecules. Indeed, this is mainly due to their tendency to decompose during the heating phase, leading to their sublimation. The new technique, based on generation followed by flash vaporization of nano-droplets of a solution containing a specific molecules, will be combined with studies on the influence of electronic excited states after an excitation with soft x-ray synchrotron radiation. This targeted energy deposition can also lead to selective fragmentation of these floppy molecular edifices. The PhD student will be closely involved in instrumental development using electrospray and molecular cluster sources and will participate in experiments at SOLEIL, but also at other international synchrotron radiation facilities such as MAX-IV or at free electron lasers. The experimental methods consist mainly of electron spectroscopy, and electron-ion coincidence techniques. In addition, the student will participate in the general study programs of the graduate schools.

The successful candidate will enroll in both the Doctoral Program in Physical and Chemical Sciences of the University of Turku and the wave and matter doctoral school of the Physics of light and matter of the University Paris-Saclay, under a COTUTELLE double degree agreement.  The student will spend time at both partner institutions for courses and research, although the scheduling will be flexible.

After successful completion of the studies and the defence of the thesis, the PhD student will be granted a Doctor of Philosophy degree by both the Finnish and French universities.

To qualify, the candidates must have a recent Master of Science or equivalent degree in a relevant field.  The application deadlines are announced at the graduate school websites:


The nearest deadline is September 19th, 2016.

PLEIADES Beamline:

Contacts:            Prof. Edwin Kukk (
Dr Christophe Nicolas (

The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) and the Université de Bordeaux (France) offer a salaried PhD position (36 months) to be carried out under a co-tutelle agreement, starting by September 1st, 2016.

The successful applicant shall develop a research project onStudy of relativistic effect in non-linear interaction between molecules and xuv/soft x-ray short laser pulses, oriented to obtain a PhD diploma.

We seek for applicants possessing a bachelor degree in Physics or Chemical Physics plus post-graduate education (MSc), and good programming skills.

Further information can be found here:


The group “Theory and Modelling” at the University of Evry-Paris Saclay (LAMBE, UMR CNRS 8587) is currently seeking candidates for PhD positions. Deadline for applications is 11th April 2016, for starting dates in Sept-Oct 2016.

The group is internationally recognized for its expertise in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations (AIMD: DFT-MD, MP2-MD, semi empirical-MD, QM-MM-MD), with original research activities in the gas phase, liquid phase and at interfaces between solids and liquids & between liquids and air. 4 ANR funding are currently active, 2 of them in collaborative works with the USA, 1 with Germany, and 1 with IFPEN petroleum company.

4 PhD positions are opened and are described in more details on the website of the Paris-Saclay Doctoral School “Chemical Sciences” 2MIB (, click on ‘Sujets de Thèse’ & ‘Offre de sujets de projets doctoraux’). Subjects are described in French and in English.

Opened research topics for PhDs are:

– Ab initio molecular dynamics (DFT-MD, AIMD) for anharmonic vibrational spectroscopy of gas phase molecules and clusters. Director : Prof Marie-Pierre Gaigeot, Contact

– Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations (AIMD) of solid/liquid and liquid/air nanometric interfaces : structures, dynamics, chemical reactivity, vibrational spectroscopy at heterogeneous interfaces. Director : Prof Marie-Pierre Gaigeot, Contact

– Theoretical mass spectrometry of proteins. Director : Dr Riccardo Spezia, Contact

– Synthesis of molecules with astrophysical interest by molecular dynamics simulations. Director : Dr Riccardo Spezia, Contact

We welcome candidates with background in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical-Physics, Master courses with a large component in theory and simulations, good knowledge in solid state physics would be a plus for one of the subjects, knowledge of one coding langage would be welcome.

Two Early Stage Researcher positions available within the Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network “MEDEA”: Molecular Electron Dynamics investigated by IntensE Fields and Attosecond Pulses.

Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Germany
“Electron delocalization at the molecule-surface interface”
Supervisor: Reinhard Kienberger: reinhard.kienberger@tum.

Amplitude Technologies, France
“High-energy CEP-stable pulses for nonlinear XUV spectroscopy”
Supervisor Julie Siv:

This document contains more information about the network:  MEDEA-Flyer

For further information, you can contact Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Sansone.
Dipartimento di Fisica Politecnico

Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network: “ASPIRE”

 As previously announced, the “ASPIRE” ITN-ETN will commence in March and is recruiting twelve Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to start their positions around September 2016.  These ESRs will have the opportunity to register for a PhD as part of their training, and will each be recruited to one of the nine academic and industrial member institutions located across Europe.

“ASPIRE” stands for “Angular Studies of Photoelectron in Innovative Research Environments”.  The ASPIRE network will focus on the measurement of Molecular Frame Photoelectron Angular Distributions (MF-PADs), which can be interpreted as electron diffraction patterns achieved by “illuminating the molecule from within”, and enable the electronic structure and dynamics of molecules to be interrogated. Progress in this area is highly technologically driven, requiring ever more sophisticated light sources and faster detectors.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Networks provide a unique experience for young researchers, who benefit from secondments and travel opportunities as well as network based training and research.   Successful candidates, who must fulfil the eligibility criteria concerning experience and mobility, will receive an attractive salary package, including generous mobility and family allowances, in accordance with the MSCA regulations for ESRs.

More details, including the projects and positions currently available, can be found on the ASPIRE website,, which will be updated at regular intervals.  We would be grateful if you could direct this announcement to potential candidates.


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. The EU ITN requires mobility and the candidate must have spend less than 12 month of the last 3 years in Germany. Salary is according to EU standards for a full position (i.e., very good).

Please see our website for further details, including