ESR9 (ICFO, Barcelona)

Coherent ultrafast electronic and vibrational molecular dynamics of single molecules at room temperature using fluorescence readouts.

Position Filled

Supervisor Professor Niek van Hulst
The Institute for Photonic Science, Molecular Nanophotonics

ICFO is offering a PhD-fellowship Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher positions for ITN project “Multiphoton Microscopy and Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Imaging meets Quantum — ‘MUSIQ’ to well-qualified graduate students, who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in any of the research topics covered at ICFO.

Our PhD-program brings together top-level training and teaching for young scientists, benefiting from the extensive course offerings of local universities and focused instruction by ICFO professors, in a stimulating, international and interdisciplinary environment. PhD-students have the opportunity to take advantage of our network of excellence, consisting in partners of national and international research institutes and universities, as well as industrial partners in the field. The project will offer opportunities for short-middle stays in other laboratories of the consortium, expanding the interdisciplinary training of the young researcher.

Our International PhD Fellowship Program welcomes applications from individuals with a degree in a field of science and engineering related to the ICFO research activities.

The fellowship is offered in the scope of Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher positions for ITN project “Multiphoton Microscopy and Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Imaging meets Quantum — ‘MUSIQ’

Coherent ultrafast electronic and vibrational molecular dynamics of single molecules at room temperature using fluorescence readouts.

The successful candidate will work in the Molecular Nanophotonics research group, led by Prof. Dr. Niek van Hulst. Building from Prof. Dr. Niek van Hulst expertise at ICFO on revealing signatures of vibrational dynamics and electronic Rabi oscillations on organic dye molecules at room temperature, and the very first detection of the ultrafast response of a single biomolecule, the project proposes three schemes towards more versatile femtosecond single biomolecule spectroscopy. Starting with broad-band excitation spectroscopy we propose a linear and non-linear pump-probe approach, with 2 and 3 pulse, while relying on fluorescence detection. Finally, the detection of coherent stimulated emission of single molecules will be explored as an alternative route to coherent single molecule ultrafast spectroscopy.

Please, browse our website for details about ICFO Research Groups and Group Leaders at https://www.icfo.eu/lang/research. If you are interested in discussing possible research topics, please contact ICFO Group Leaders directly.

Important: During your application you will be requested to indicate the research group(s) you are interested in accomplishing your PhD with.

REQUIREMENTS AND CONDITIONS

To be eligible for an ICFO PhD position, candidates must:

  • Have an internationally-recognized Master-equivalent degree. The degree must be completed by the start of your prospective PhD at ICFO, at the latest, and must be in a field of science and engineering related to the ICFO research activities. Degrees issued within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) must have an equivalent to 300 ECTS, out of which a minimum of 60 ECTS must have been obtained in postgraduate studies. Please, if in doubt regarding your academic eligibility, contact us at jobs@icfo.eu.
  • Have an excellent academic record, previous research experience and a strong commitment for scientific research.
  • Have a high working knowledge of English.

Additionally, candidates for the ITN position must comply with the following EU-rules by the time of activation of the COFUND-PhD:

  • Candidates should not have resided in Spain form more than 12 of the last 36 months.
  • The Master-equivalent degree should not be older than 4 years. Exceptions are made for documented periods of parental leave. Other equivalent exceptions may be considered when properly documented and motivated by the applicant, e.g. in case of applicants from underdeveloped countries, minorities, or for applicants that pursued their studies under comparatively unfavorable conditions.

ICFO is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are selected exclusively on merit and potential on the basis of submitted application material. No restrictions of persons with disabilities, citizenship or gender apply to ICFO positions. ICFO abides by the principles of openness, efficiency, transparency, supportiveness, and international comparability as stated in the European Charter for Researchers and the European Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

The conditions of the positions awarded in the scope of the ICFO International PhD fellowship program are as follows:

  • Initial contract for a period of 6 months, while being pre-admitted to the PhD program, with an explicit follow-up/ renewal procedure at the end of this first stage. During this period, students already take part in the ICFO working environment, join a research group, and work with their supervisor to define a research project.
  • After this initial period, students are formally enrolled in the PhD Program, and the full PhD Fellowship activated. Fellowships are offered for periods of three years, renewable for an additional fourth year, and are formalized via a PhD-contract. Continuity and renewal are subject to satisfactory performance in the PhD studies and related research activities, evaluated annually by the Thesis Director and the ICFO PhD Committee.
  • Selected candidates shall start ideally September 2019.
  • All ICFO fellowships include medical care coverage and work accident insurance through the Spanish Social Security system, providing access to the Spanish public health care system.
  • Salary conditions: ITN Fellows receive the salary stipulated by the European Commission for these fellowships.

APPLICATION PROCESS

In case of interest, candidates may contact Prof. Dr. Niek van Hulst (niek.vanhulst@icfo.eu) for further details. Note that candidates are requested to apply in the new Fall Call that will be published in mid-June in our Job Openings site: https://jobs.icfo.eu/