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Expressions of interest to apply for a MSCA Individual Fellowship

The CampuS theoretical group (http://www.xchem.uam.es/), at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) is seeking for expressions of interest to apply for an individual MSCA Fellowship. Deadline to apply for the 2017 open call is September, 14th.

Talented, enthusiastic young researchers are welcome to join this leading group to develop a project in the framework of the research areas described below but going beyond the current state of the art.
The hosting Institution (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) guarantees enough computational resources to carry out the project through its Computing Center and one of the most powerful High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities in Europe, HPC-Europa, through the Mare Nostrum Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

Interested researchers should first verify if they comply with the 2017 eligibility criteria at


and if so, send to the projects manager (beatriz.martin(at)uam.es):
(i) a detailed CV, including publications list and a description of the current research lines,
(ii) a motivation letter describing his/her future research plans and a draft project proposal, and
(iii) contact information for 2 references or their support letters.
Suitable candidates may be asked for further information.

Deadline to send expressions of interest is July 14th, 2017.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) is a state university offering graduate and postgraduate degrees in many different fields. It was founded almost 50 years ago, and has already achieved an outstanding international reputation for its high-quality teaching and research. It is generally recognized as one of the best Spanish universities.

The CampuS research group, led by Prof. Fernando Martín, belongs to the Department of Chemistry. Its research mainly focuses on (i) the theoretical and computational modeling of photoexcitation and photoionization processes in atomic and molecular systems induced by synchrotron radiation and ultrashort laser pulses with femto- and attosecond duration, and (ii) the study and theoretical prediction of properties of materials and nano-objects of complex molecular systems, aggregates and fullerenes, isolated or deposited on metallic and nonmetallic surfaces. This, in close collaboration with prestigious Spanish and international experimental groups.

The quality of this group is reflected by the number and quality of publications in the last ten years: more than 200 papers, among which 3 in Science, 2 in Nature, 1 Chemical Reviews, 1 in Nature Physics, 2 in Nature Chemistry, 1 in Nature Photonics, 2 in Nature Communications, 4 in Proc. of National Academy of Sciences, 1 in NanoLetters, 1 in ACS Nano, 2 in Angewandte Chemie, etc. In 2000, Fernando Martín was awarded the National Research Prize Rey Juan Carlos I, in 2010, the prize of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry in Chemical Physics. in 2011, the Advanced Grant from the European Research Council XCHEM and in 2017 the King Jaime I Prize in Basis research.

The XChem group is formed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers and collaborators that aim at developing state-of-the-art time-dependent methods to address newly emerging fundamental questions about the role of sub-fs and attosecond coherent electron and nuclear dynamics in physics and chemistry.
In particular, the XChem project aims at developing theoretical approaches and computational tools for time-resolving and controlling (i) molecular autoionization in the presence of ultra-fast vibrational motion, (ii) attosecond charge migration dynamics in molecules upon ionization, (iii) coupled electron-nuclear dynamics during non-adiabatic transitions, with emphasis on the role of electronic coherence created prior or during the transition, and (iv) chemical reactivity. The XChem project is currently funded by the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant n° 290853).


Post-doc position at CampuS theoretical group

A two-years postdoc position is available in the group of Prof. Fernando Martin. The position shall be co-financed by the European Social Fund[1] under the 2016 call for the recruitment of post-doctoral researchers of the Madrid region (more details here).

The successful applicant shall develop an open project which aims to develop computational tools either for the description of ionization processes (for complex molecules, surfaces or nanostructures), the description of heterogeneous catalysis or materials synthesis.

The CAMPUS  group at the Chemistry Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid is focused on the theoretical 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 which can help us to understand their properties and predict their behavior.

We seek for a post-doctoral researcher with a strong background in any of the group research lines  (laser-matter interaction, surfaces or clusters) who complies with the set of restrictions listed below.

Starting date: Expected start date is March 01, 2017. The position should normally start within one month from the publication of the resolution of the call here: http://www.madrimasd.org/madrid-ciencia-tecnologia/convocatorias-dgui/convocatorias-2016.

Remuneration: Gross annual salary (before applying national income taxes and social security contributions) amounts to roughly 26.500 €. Researchers may receive additional funding to support the expenses derived from research missions and the attendance to international conferences.

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

  • hold a PhD in Theoretical/Computational Physics, Chemistry or Informatics (for degrees obtained in a foreign university, homologation is required)
  • be registered in any locality within the Madrid Community from September 14th, 2016
  • be registered in the National Youth Guarantee system or be in a position to be a beneficiary of the system. Please, check the specific nationality, unemployment and age requirements here: http://www.empleo.gob.es/es/garantiajuvenil/accesoJovenes.html. As a general rule, the requirements are:
    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

Selection Criteria: The selection will be made on the basis of demonstrated knowledge in the following fields:

  1. Computational physics/chemistry methodologies and techniques,
  2. Theoretical atomic and molecular physics / Quantum Chemistry,
  3. Programming skills and code development (Fortran, C/C++, python, scripting languages, Linux/Unix, etc),
  4. Knowledge on parallelization and optimization of codes (MPI, openMP, etc),
  5. Handling of codes which are commonly used in the area of interest,
  6. Previous experience in any of the areas of interest.

Application procedure: Applicants should send, within 15 days from the date of publication of the resoluction (by January 31st):

  • a motivation letter explaining the research line(s) in which you are interested and why,
  • a detailed CV and contact information of two referees,
  • a copy of the doctoral degree (and, where applicable, homologation credential), and
  • a proof of meeting all the elegibility requirements
  • a proof of being registered in the National Youth Guarantee system or proofs of being  in a position to be a beneficiary of the said system.

All the documents must be sent in a single pdf file named as the candidate plus the research line he/she is interested in (e.g. SURNAME_NAME-reserach_line.pdf). Applications not following this procedure will be disregarded.

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.

[1] 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).


Short term post-doc position on theoretical attosecond physics

A short term postdoc position for an experienced researcher is available to work on coupled electron and nuclear dynamics induced by attosecond laser pulses and strong electromagnetic fields on small and mid-size molecules .

The applicants should hold a PhD in Chemical Physics and at least 3 years of postdoctoral experience. A strong and demonstrable background in  atomic, molecular and optical physics, attosecond physics, scattering theory, numerical methods, and programming is also required. 

Remuneration: Gross salary per month shall be 2.085 € (before applying national taxes and social security contributions)

The two-months postdoc position should start as soon as possible and, in any case, not later than January 16, 2017

Application procedure: Interested researchers should send a detailed CV, motivation letter and contact information for 2 references (in a single pdf file named as the candidate) to xchem.positions (at) uam.es.
Recommendation letters and further information could be requested during the selection process. Applications shall be reviewed as they come. Selected candidates shall be contacted for an interview.

Deadline: December 21st, 2016


PhD position funded by la Caixa and H2020 MSCA programme

We offer 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.

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: www.inphinitlacaixa.org 

More information on the PhD position on Theoretical Attosecond Electron Dynamics can be found here

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: https://www.lacaixafellowships.org/index.aspx, 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 Beatriz.martin@uam.es


Open positions for young researchers (SPAIN)


Short term positions (10 to 12 months) are available in the group of Prof. Fernando Martín (http://campusys.qui.uam.es/) at the Department of Chemistry (Universidad Autonomy de Madrid). These positions shall be funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
The successful applicants shall join a strong research team devoted to theoretically investigate laser-induced ultrafast phenomena. The work shall focus on the development of novel computational tools for the solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for molecules under the action of ultra-short pulses from new light sources.
Collaborations with the most vibrant research groups in Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics in Europe through exchange programs and attendance to conferences are foreseen.
Access to vast technological resources is guaranteed through the University Computing Centre and the European HP Computing Network.
More information can be found at https://campusys.qui.uam.es/
1. A Bachelor degree in physics or chemistry (3 years) and a post graduate specialization degree (e.g. MSc) in physics or theoretical chemistry;
2. Good knowledge of programming languages (Fortran 90, C, C++, Python, etc.);
3. At least 3 years’ experience in research in the area of atomic and molecular physics;
4. Fluent English;
5. Enthusiasm for learning and commitment to teamwork.
We expect selected candidates to join the team by November 2016.
Selected candidates will be hired by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, with a gross annual salary of around 18.400 € (depending on your personal situation and subject to deduction of the contribution to the social security of the employee and national income taxes). Expenses derived from the researchers attendance to those conferences/workshops which are relevant for the project, may also be covered.
Applicants should send a motivation letter, CV and contact information for 2 references (in a single pdf file named as the candidate) to beatriz.martin@uam.es before October 2, 2016. Recommendation letters could be requested during the selection process. Selected candidates shall be contacted for an interview.
Note: Applications not following this procedure will be disregarded.


PhD position on Theoretical Attosecond Molecular Dynamics

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, 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 under a co-tutelle agreement.

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:

Deadline: June, 10th, 2016

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Post-doctoral position in Madrid (SPAIN)

6-months post-doctoral position in Madrid, starting on August, 2015

The candidate will study the interaction between organic molecules, with potential photovoltaic activity, and clean metal surfaces or metal surfaces covered by ultrathin ionic layers.
The candidate will work with the group of Manuel Alcami (http://www.uam.es/quimica) in the Department of Chemistry of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
The group works in a wide range of topics (lasers/molecule interactions, surface chemistry, ion-molecule reactions, gas phase chemistry…) in a very active and international atmosphere, with collaborations with several experimental and theoretical groups in Europe.
– PhD in theoretical chemistry, physics or similar fields
– Experience with PW-DFT calculations (electronic structure, molecular dynamics, etc)
– Programming experience in Fortran
The position will ideally start in August 2015 and will be funded for half a year. Gross salary (before applying national income taxes) is 19.000 Euros/year (net salary around 1.300 Euros/month depending on personal situation).
If interested, please send a motivation letter, together with a CV and the name of 2 referees to beatriz.martin@uam.es .


The deadline to receive applications is July 12th 2015. 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.


PhD fellowships -ITN-EJD: Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling TCCM

A Consortium of 12 European Universities and 14 associated partners, including 9 private companies, under the coordination of the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, offers 15 fully-funded 3-year PhD fellowships within the European Joint Doctorate Program in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling (EJD-TCCM), funded under the framework of the Innovative Training Networks of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action ITN-EJD-642294. TCCM. A detailed list of the projects and the institutions involved can be consulted on our website.

We offer

  • A 3-year European Joint Doctorate with cross-disciplinary thesis research in a stimulating, international scientific environment.
  • Working in top European Universities in at least two different countries
  • Supervision and mentorship by a team of internationally renowned experts.
  • Advanced training (scientific, transferable skills, career orientation) opportunities in English.
  • 2-10 month placement in private companies
  • An employment contract with full social security coverage

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at our website.

Deadline: 15th April 2015. PhD projects start in summer/autumn 2015. We look forward to hearing from you!


PhD and Postdoctoral positions on Theoretical Attosecond Molecular Dynamics

The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) offers several postdoc and PhD positions linked to the ERC Advanced Grant project X-Chem (XUV/X-ray lasers for ultrafast electronic control in molecules), starting no later than September, 2015. The successful applicants shall develop a research project on “Theoretical Attosecond Molecular Dynamics” to theoretically investigate the coupled electron and nuclear dynamics induced by attosecond laser pulses and strong electromagnetic fields on small and mid-size molecules. The work will be performed in close collaboration with experimental groups.

More information can be found here

Prospect candidates must have an adequate degree in Physics or Chemical Physics and strong background in atomic, molecular and optical physics, attosecond physics, scattering theory, numerical methods, and programming. Transnational mobility will be positively evaluated.

Application procedure

Interested candidates are kindly requested to check all details about the application procedure for  PhD positions and  post-doc positions.

Applications not complying with the call guidelines may be discarded.

Deadline for Postdoc applications: February 15th, 2015

Deadline for PhD applications: March 15th 2015


Postdoctoral position opened in quantum chemistry

A one-year postdoctoral contract is available in the Campus group.The aim of the project is to develop a theory for the description of dynamical processes involving energy and charge transfer in molecule-surface interactions. The project involves the use state-of-the-art methodologies to study these complex processes in periodic systems.


  1. Hold a PhD in Physics or Chemical Physics
  2. Strong background in quantum chemistry, including the modeling of electronic excited states
  3. Experience in FORTRAN programming, treatment of periodic systems and/or dynamical calculations will be positively considered

The postdoc position will start between March 1st and June 1st 2015.

Further information can be found here:

The deadline for applications is February 1st 2015.


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