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Postdoc positions in attosecond molecular science


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

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[1] (additional information can be found in the group website).

The successful candidates will be involved in the following tasks:

  • description of theoretical photoelectron spectra and attosecond transient absorption;
  • improvement and application of theoretical models to visualize the electronic dynamics in molecular systems (from gas-phase to organic photovoltaic systems);
  •  evaluation of the performance of photoelectron and attosecond transient absorption spectra for key systems;
  •  real time imaging of charge transfer dynamics in organic photovoltaic systems.

Candidates Profile

Candidates of any gender and nationality are welcome to apply, with the following eligibility requirements:

1. A PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Physics or a closely related subject.

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/or ultrafast science.

Starting Date and Duration

Positions should ideally start from October 2019 to January 2020, and will be 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.


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

Application procedure

Candidates should send a letter of motivation and future research interests, a CV and a list of publications, contact information for two references, copy of PhD certificate, and any additional information that can support the application to fulmaten-cm@imdea.org before July 31, 2019, with the reference “FULMATEN-IMEA6” in the issue. Additional supporting documents and recommendation letters could be requested during the selection process. Selected candidates shall be contacted for an interview.

(1) F. Calegari, et al, “Ultrafast electron dynamics in phenylalanine initiated by attosecond pulses” Science 346 336 (2014); M. Nisoli, et al, “Attosecond electron dynamics in molecules” Chemical Reviews 117 10760 (2017).

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