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Postdoc position in attosecond science

A postdoctoral contract is available in the group of Prof. Fernando Martín at IMDEA-Nanociencia (http://nanociencia.imdea.org/fernando-martin-s-group/group-people), in the framework of a collaborative project funded by the Madrid regional government (Y2018/NMT-5028, FULMATEN-CM) and the European Social Fund. 

The research project
The project aims at using attosecond and few-femtosecond laser pulses for real time imaging of charge transfer processes occurring in organic molecules, and eventually to control them. The position concerns the theoretical modeling of such charge transfer processes in systems of interest for the design of new materials. Previous work of the group in related research topics can be found in:
https://campusys.qui.uam.es/?page_id=12

Candidates Profile
Candidates of any gender and nationality are welcome to apply. To be considered, candidates must have:
1. A PhD degree in Physics or Chemical Physics
2. A strong background in atomic, molecular and optical physics, attosecond physics, scattering theory, numerical methods, and programming.
3. Fluent English.
We will value positively transnational mobility periods, demonstrated independence and commitment to team work, and any additional skills in computational modelling and work on ultrafast science.

Starting Date and Duration
Positions should ideally start as soon as possible and are funded for two years each. A one-year contract will be signed initially, followed by a one-year extension depending on the performance of the candidate, and upon mutual agreement.

Remuneration
Salary will be agreed based on the candidate experience following the standards of a postdoc position in Spain.

Application procedure
Candidates should send a CV, a cover letter clearly explaining the preferred position, contact information for two references, copy of PhD certificate, and any additional information that can support the application to fulmaten-cm@imdea.org before February 15, 2019. Applicants are kindly advised to include the reference “FULMATEN-IMDEA1” in the issue.
Additional supporting documents and recommendation letters could be requested during the selection process. Selected candidates shall be contacted for an interview.

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PhD positions in attosecond science

Two predoctoral contracts are available in the group of Prof. Fernando Martín at IMDEA-Nanociencia (http://nanociencia.imdea.org/fernando-martin-s-group/group-people) in the framework of a collaborative project funded by the Madrid regional government (Y2018/NMT-5028, FULMATEN-CM) and the European Social Fund. 

The research project
The project aims at using attosecond and few-femtosecond laser pulses for real time imaging of charge transfer processes occurring in organic molecules, and eventually to control them. The positions concern the theoretical modeling of such charge transfer processes in systems of interest for the design of new materials. Previous work of the group in related research topics can be found in: https://campusys.qui.uam.es/?page_id=12

Candidates Profile
Candidates of any gender and nationality are welcome to apply. To be considered, candidates must have:
1. A BSc degree in Physics or Chemistry. A post graduate specialization degree (e.g. MSc) in Physics or Chemical Physics will be positively evaluated.
2. Excellent knowledge of quantum mechanics, basic electrodynamics, basic atomic, molecular and optical physics; scattering theory and numerical methods.
3. Fluent English;
We will value positively enthusiasm for learning and commitment to teamwork and any additional skills in the areas of mathematics, physics, chemistry and programming that are relevant to the positions. For example, acquaintance with quantum chemistry packages to model excited states; participation to software projects; competences in photoelectron spectroscopies, attosecond physics; etc.

Starting Date and Duration
Positions should ideally start as soon as possible and are funded for 3 years each. A one-year contract will be signed initially, followed by extension(s) until the end of the project, depending on the performance of the candidate, and upon mutual agreement.

Remuneration
Salary will be agreed based on the candidate experience following the standards of a predoc position in Spain.

Application procedure
Candidates should send to fulmaten-cm@imdea.org a CV, a cover letter clearly explaining the preferred position, contact information for two references, copy of BSc and MSc degree certificates, academic records, and any additional information that can support the application. Deadline is March 3, 2019. Applicants are kindly advised to include the reference “FULMATEN-IMDEA2” in the issue.
Additional supporting documents, clarification and recommendation letters could be requested during the selection process. Selected candidates shall be contacted for an interview, where practical questions will also be asked.

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PRE-DOCTORAL POSITION ON ATTOSECOND SPECTROSCOPY IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS

Dr. Antonio Picón at the Chemistry Department (http://campusys.qui.uam.es/) 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: https://campusys.qui.uam.es/?page_id=1481

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: goo.gl/tDsUf1 . 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). The duration of the contract is conditioned to the positive evaluation of the project in the monitoring phase, as regulated in the article 25 of the call guidelines (BOCAM order 3112/2017).

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PRE-DOCTORAL POSITION ON COMPUTING AND MODELLING ATTOSECOND TIME SCALE PROCESSES

A two-year pre-doctoral position is available under the supervision of Dr. Alicia Palacios at CampuS group (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). The position is co-funded by the ESF[ ] under the 2017 call for the recruitment of pre-doctoral researchers of the Madrid region (more details here).
The successful applicant will participate in the development of an open project that aims to study ultrafast processes in molecules and, eventually, more complex systems (surfaces). The project involves simulations using high performance computing (HPC) implemented in large-scale scientific facilities.

CampuS theoretical group focus on the study of the dynamics in isolated quantum systems (from the smallest to medium-sized molecules, and periodic systems). The group is pioneer on developing state-of-the-art theoretical tools to describe chemical properties and predict the behavior of quantum systems under the influence of a variety of laser radiation sources.

We seek for a pre-doctoral researcher with either of the following profiles:

(i) a good background in Quantum Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, programming skills and commitment to teamwork, who wish to work in a project within the main research lines of our group: laser-matter interaction or surfaces. Candidates should also comply with the set of restrictions imposed by the funders (see below).

(ii) a strong background in Computational Sciences. A significant part of our research project involves software development and designing new strategies to improve the performance of existing parallel codes, implemented using the Message Passage Interface (MPI) environment. Candidates should also comply with the set of restrictions imposed by the funders (see below).

Starting date: May 1, 2018.

Remuneration:

Gross annual salary (before applying national income taxes and social security contributions) amounts to roughly 18.800 €. Researchers may receive additional funding to support the expenses derived from research missions and the attendance to workshops.
Eligibility criteria: According to the specific call restrictions, applicants must:

(i) hold a Bachelor in Physics, Chemistry, Computational Sciences or related areas (for degrees obtained in a foreign university, homologation is required). We shall also positively consider any postgraduate or specialization studies.

(ii) be registered in the National Youth Guarantee system or be in a position to be a beneficiary of the system (be a national of the EU, EEA or Switzerland or meet the conditions to work in Spain, have less than 30 years and be unemployed). For more information, please, Check:

http://www.empleo.gob.es/es/garantiajuvenil/accesoJovenes.html

(iii) be registered in any locality within the Madrid Community from July 10, 2017.

Application procedure:

Applicants should send, before April 17, 2018:
– a motivation letter,
– a detailed CV and contact information of two referees,
– a copy of the Bachelor degree (and, where applicable, homologation credential), and other courses taken, and a certificate on the marks obtained,
– Proofs to comply with the eligibility requirements described above (for the National Youth Guarantee system, the applicant should be in a position to beneficiary of the said system at the time of recruitment).

Please, send all the documents in a single pdf file named as the candidate (e.g. SURNAME_NAME.pdf) to beatriz.martin@uam.es.

We shall review applications as they came, and request additional documents, references or explanations. If interests, we highly recommend not to wait until the last day to send your application.

 

Post doctoral position on Theoretical study and computational modelling of materials

CampuS Theoretical Group is eagerly looking for a postdoc to work in the theoretical study and computational modelling of magnetic nanostrucutres and materials under extreme pressure conditions.

The appointee shall work with Prof. Fernando Martín and in close collaboration with experimental groups at the IMDEA-Nanoscience Institute and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. A list of related publications of CampuS group is accessible through this link .

Candidate Profile: PhD degree in Physics, Chemical Physics or related areas. We will positively evaluate any experience in theoretical simulations of periodic systems, electronic structure methodologies and molecular dynamics. Good knowledge of English and programing skills (FORTRAN or C) is highly recommended. Immediate availability.

Position details: The position should start as soon as possible and may be funded for one year. Gross salary (before applying national income taxes) is 27.000 Euros/year aprox.

Applications: If interested, please, send your CV, a letter of motivation and contact information for two researchers who can be contacted for references to beatriz.martin@uam.es not later than February 25th.

We shall review the applications as they arrive, so we suggest not waiting until the last day. During the selection process, we may ask for recommendation letters and request for additional information to candidates.

 

TWO YEARS POSTDOCTORAL POSITION

Two Years Postdoctoral Position.
University Autónoma de Madrid, Chemistry Department.

Position details:

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 (http://campusys.qui.uam.es/) of the University Autónoma de Madrid (Spain).

Starting date: The position start date is flexible although it is expected to start by September 2018 at the latest, 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).

Research projects:

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.

Postdoctoral Candidate Profile:

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.

Application:

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 beatriz.martin@uam.es 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.

Funding:

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).

 

PRE-DOCTORAL POSITION ON MODELLING OF ATTOSECOND TIME SCALE PROCESSES

A two-year pre-doctoral position is available under the supervision of Dr. Alicia Palacios at CampuS group (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). The position is co-funded by the ESF[i] under the 2017 call for the recruitment of pre-doctoral researchers of the Madrid region (more details here).

The successful applicant shall develop an open project that aims to study ionization processes in molecules, as well as in other complex systems, or its environment. The researcher will learn to use the appropriate computational tools for the description of these processes and to interpret the results, with the aim of giving explanations to experiments currently carried out in huge scientific infrastructures.

CampuS theoretical group is focused on the study of the dynamics in isolated quantum systems (from the smallest to medium-sized systems, or extended ones) and the development of state-of-the-art theoretical tools that can help us to understand their properties and predict their behavior.

We seek for a pre-doctoral researcher with a good background in Quantum Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, programming skills and commitment to teamwork, who wish to start a thesis project in any of the group research lines (laser-matter interaction, surfaces or clusters). Candidates should also comply with the set of restrictions imposed by the funders (see below).

Starting date: As soon as possible, and no later than March 1st, 2018.

Remuneration: Gross annual salary (before applying national income taxes and social security contributions) amounts to roughly 18.800 €. Researchers may receive additional funding to support the expenses derived from research missions and the attendance to conferences.

Eligibility criteria: According to the specific call restrictions, applicants must:

(i)         hold a Bachelor in Physics, Chemistry or related areas (for degrees obtained in a foreign university, homologation is required). Any postgraduate or specialization studies will also be taken into consideration.

(ii)       be registered in the National Youth Guarantee system or be in a position to be a beneficiary of the system (be a national of the EU, EEA or Switzerland or meet the conditions to work in Spain, have less than 30 years and be unemployed). For more information, please, check this link.

(iii)     be registered in any locality within the Madrid Community from July 10, 2017.

Application procedure: Applicants should send, before January 29, 2018:

  • – a motivation letter,
  • – a detailed CV and contact information of two referees,
  • – a copy of the Bachelor degree (and, where applicable, homologation credential), and other courses taken, and a certificate on the marks obtained,
  • – a proof of all the eligibility requirements described above (for the National Youth Guarantee system, the applicant should be in a position to beneficiary of the said system at the time of recruitment).

Please, send all the documents in a single pdf file named as the candidate (e.g. SURNAME_NAME.pdf) to beatriz.martin@uam.es.

Upon evaluation of the applications received, selected candidates shall be contacted for an interview. Recommendation letters could be requested to referees during the selection process.

[i] This call is co-financed by the European Social Fund through the Youth Employment Operational Program for the 2014-2020 programming period, as well as the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).

 

PRE-DOCTORAL POSITION ON GRAPHENE BASED MATERIALS

A 3-year pre-doctoral position is available under the supervision of Dr. Fernando Martín at IMDEA-Nanoscience. The position is co-funded by the ESF [i] under the 2017 call for the recruitment of pre-doctoral researchers of the Madrid region (more details here).

The successful applicant shall develop an open project that aims to study the physicochemical properties of new graphene-based materials and its interaction with new light sources (as ultrashort laser pulses). The hired researcher will learn to use the appropriate theoretical methodology and computational tool for each case on study. Collaborations with experimental groups at IMDEA-Nanoscience and other international laboratories are foreseen.

The project will be aligned with the CampuS theoretical group (led by Fernando Martín) research lines (laser-matter interaction, surfaces and clusters), and group senior researchers will provide support to the hired researcher. The activity of CampuS group has been focused on the study of the dynamics in isolated quantum systems (from the smallest to medium-sized systems, or extended ones) and the development of state-of-the-art theoretical tools that can help us to understand their properties and predict their behavior.

We seek for a pre-doctoral researcher who has shown interest on the areas of Condensed Matter Physics, Quantum Chemistry and Computational Physics and Chemistry and with some programming skills (Fortran, C/C++, etc). Candidates should also comply with the set of restrictions imposed by the funders (see below).

Starting date: As soon as possible, and no later than March 7, 2018.

Remuneration: Gross annual salary (before applying national income taxes and social security contributions) amounts to roughly 18.800 €. Researchers may receive additional funding to support the expenses derived from research missions and the attendance to conferences.

Eligibility criteria: According to the specific call restrictions, applicants must:

(i)         hold a Bachelor in Physics, Chemistry or related areas (for degrees obtained in a foreign university, homologation is required). Any postgraduate or specialization studies will be positively valued.

(ii)       be registered in the National Youth Guarantee system or be in a position to be a beneficiary of the said system by the date of recruitment (please, check the specific requirements here. As a general rule, candidates should:

  1. be a national of the EU, EEA or Switzerland or meet the conditions to work in Spain (or have a valid residence permit being a national of another country)
  2. have less than 30 years
  3. be unemployed

(iii)     be registered in any locality within the Madrid Community from July 10, 2017.

Application procedure: Applicants should send, before January 29, 2018:

  • – a motivation letter,
  • – a detailed CV and contact information of two referees,
  • – a copy of the Bachelor degree (and, where applicable, homologation credential), and other courses taken, and a certificate on the marks obtained,
  • – proofs of complying with all the eligibility requirements described above (for the National Youth Guarantee system, the applicant should be in a position to be a beneficiary at the time of recruitment).

All the documents must be sent in a single pdf file named as the candidate (e.g. SURNAME_NAME.pdf) to beatriz.martin@uam.es.

Upon evaluation of the applications received, selected candidates shall be contacted for an interview. Recommendation letters could be requested to referees during the selection process.

 

[i] This call is co-financed by the European Social Fund through the Youth Employment Operational Program for the 2014-2020 programming period, as well as the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).

 

PhD positions funded by La Caixa

CampuS theoretical group offers mentorship in four different research topics to international students who wish to develop a research project, oriented to obtain a PhD diploma, at the Condensed Matter Physics Center (IFIMAC-UAM) and at IMDEA-Nanoscience (Fundación IMDEA-Nanociencia).

The PhD positions are funded by the doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT, which is devoted to attract international Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) to top Spanish excellent 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, a top up contribution for other training expenses, and complementary training on transversal skills. 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: www.inphinitlacaixa.org. Deadline for application is February 1st, 2018.

For more information on the research topics, check the documents below:

  • Theoretical Attosecond Electron Dynamics: from biomolecules to solids (IMDEA-Nanociencia) – Description
  • Ultrafast molecular dynamics induced by attosecond pulses (IFIMAC-UAM) – Description
  • Chemical-physics properties of new 2D materials (IMDEA-Nanociencia) – Description
  • Graphene-based materials: Exploring new physical properties based on theoretical simulations (IFIMAC-UAM) – Description

In case you are interested in this fellowship, you should check the fullfillment of the excellence criteria and other specific call requirements (research experience, training, language and mobility requirements) here.

Students with spanish nationality not fullfilling the mobility requirements can apply to a fellowship to carry out a doctorate at a Spanish University. The deadline to apply is February 27, 2018. Mor information here.

For any question on the research projects or if you became selected for the face-to-face evaluation stage, please, do not doubt to contact the group projects manager beatriz.martin@uam.es.

 

 

Short-term post-doctoral position in Madrid, starting by mid-november, 2017

Theoretical calculations of physicochemical properties of Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)

 

THE RESEARCH PROJECT:
The candidate will perform a theoretical and computational study of organic-inorganic hybrid crystalline materials consisting of metallic moieties that are linked by strong coordination bonds to organic ligands, whose pore sizes and physicochemical properties can be modulated, making them extremely attractive for several applications, as hydrogen storage.

THE ENVIRONMENT:
Selected candidate will go on board in an innovative project with Dr. Cristina Díaz in the Department of Chemistry of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Dr. Cristina Díaz is a Ramón & Cajal Fellow and belongs to the CampuS theoretical group. Her area of expertise is focused on quantum dynamics simulations for molecule-metal surface interactions. Her great experience in the area is endorsed by more than 60 publications in well-recognized peer-reviewed scientific journals, the more than 1000 cites her publications have, and an h-index: 19. Dr. Díaz has been involved in 14 research projects during her career, and has supervised 3 Master and 2 Ph.D. thesis.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
– PhD in chemistry, physics or similar fields
– At least 5 years’ experience in theoretical modelling of ground and excited states, conical intersections, non-adiabatic processes, and photoionization processes.
– Expert in the use of quantum chemistry programs such as MOLCAS, MOLPRO, TURBOMOL, etc.
– Programming experience

REMUNERATION:
The position will ideally start by mid-November, 2017 and will be funded for two months.. Equivalent gross annual salary (before applying national income taxes) is 27.000 Euros/year.

PROCEDURE TO APPLY:
If interested, please send a motivation letter, together with a CV and the name of 2 referees to cristina.diaz@uam.es. The deadline to receive applications is November 12, 2017.

Applications will be considered and verified as they came. Selected candidates shall be contacted for an interview. PhD certificate and other documents may be required during the selection process.

 

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