Cellex ICFO - MPQ Research Fellows
“CELLEX, ICFO and MPQ are teaming up to establish a strategic research collaboration about research topics of common interests. In the current call the following 2 project collaborations are available:”
- Quantum information theory and many-body systems (CELLEX-ICFO-MPQ)
- Quantum Simulators of Attoscience (CELLEX-ICFO-MPQ)
- Post-doctoral position in Topological Nano-photonics
- Post-doctoral/Research engineer position in quantum random number generation
- Post-doctoral position in continuous-variable quantum key distribution
- Post-doctoral position in the theory of quantum random-number generation
- Post-doctoral position in Topological NanoPhotonics
- Post-doctoral position for novel, new diffuse optical instrumentation
- Post-doctoral positions in Functional Optoelectronic Nanomaterials
- Post-doctoral position in near-infrared diffuse optical neuromonitoring in the clinics
- Post-doctoral position in new generation of Mid and Long Wave infrared photodetectors and Bolometers
- Post-doctoral position in experimental quantum optics with solid-state quantum memories
- Post-doctoral position in hybrid quantum nodes for quantum networks
- Post-doctoral position in ultracold quantum gases
- Post-doctoral position in Monolithic UVA sources
- Post-doctoral position in Atomic quantum sensing with single-domain spinor Bose-Einstein condensates
- Post-doctoral position in Quantum optics of single atoms interacting with single photons
- Post-doctoral position on sensitized Graphene and 2D material photodetectors in the mid and long wave infrared
- Post-doctoral or Research fellow position in Attosecond Theory of Quantum Materials
Please, note that ICFO aims at recruiting the majority of its PhD-students within the two major General Calls available in Spring and Fall each year, with a large number of fellowships available. Additionally to these two major calls, ICFO offers two minor calls, in Summer and Winter each year, in which we may consider outstanding candidates to be awarded an ICFO PhD Fellowship. For the current call (MAJOR CALL – Spring 2019), before submitting your application, please browse our website for details about ICFO Research Groups, Group Leaders and available research lines at www.icfo.eu/lang/research.
Under- and Postgraduate Students
Post-doctoral or Research fellow position in Attosecond Theory of Quantum Materials
The Attoscience and Ultrafast Optics research group at ICFO, led by Prof. Dr. Jens Biegert, is looking for a well-qualified and highly motivated young scientist who wishes to enhance his/her scientific career in a friendly and stimulating environment within the field of Attosecond X-ray Science and Quantum Materials. We are seeking an applicant with strong theoretical background in x-ray science and condensed matter physics or AMO. Ideal would be versatility with density functional, x-ray absorption and molecular dynamics codes, and desirable would be a background in machine learning.
Project description: The objective of our research is gaining unprecedented insight into the real-time electronic and nuclear dynamics of molecular transformations and phase transitions with advanced new methodologies and a multi-faceted approach to the investigation. The project exploits our pioneering achievements in attosecond soft X-ray spectroscopy (XAFS) to investigate the charge excitation and coupling to the lattice in real time. The purpose of this position is the theoretical description and investigation of exciton dynamics, electronic and structural phase-transitions, and electron phonon coupling in systems such as TMDCs and organic semiconductors.
Environment: The applicant will join our group which consists of a highly motivated and dynamic team of international scientists with state-of-the art support. Specifically, the successful applicant will join our attosecond soft x-ray team and draw from a strong network of international theory collaborators and groups at ICFO. We are also embedded in several prominent national, European and international networks and collaborations, which ensures a vibrant and stimulating research environment and prominent exposure.
Position: The postdoctoral position is fully funded through an European Research Council (ERC) Grant and we seek a highly motivated candidate who wishes to enhance his/her scientific career in the field of Attosecond Physics and Ultrafast Condensed Matter Science. The position in our team is available immediately and we will provide a stimulating environment to perform research on the cutting edge of both experiment and theory.
- Real-time carrier dynamics in quantum materials. arXiv: 1808.06493
- Instantaneous response of Dirac materials. Nature Comm. 9, 1018 (2018).
- Attosecond dispersive XAFS. Optica 5, 502(2018)
- 0.5 keV soft X-ray attosecond continua, Nature Commun. 7, 11493 (2016)
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Candidates must hold an internationally-recognized Ph.D.-equivalent degree (or evidence of its completion in the nearest future) preferably in physics.
Experience with some density functional theory, x-ray absorption and molecular dynamics software is required and experience with machine learning is beneficial.
The candidate should be fluent in English, have a diligent work ethics and interested in cross disciplinary work between experimentalists and theorists.
No restrictions of citizenship or gender apply to the fellowship.
The contract is offered for periods of one year, renewable for a total of up to 2 years with possible extension.
The formal application should be submitted online via http://jobs.icfo.eu.
Suitable candidates are requested to submit:
- Presentation letter with a declaration of interest,
- Curriculum Vitae, including contact details,
- The contact e-mail of two potential referees.
Candidates should be willing to be contacted by phone during the selection process.
For updated information about ICFO, please visit http://www.icfo.eu/
31st of March, 2019
Identify your interests
As your career goals and research interests are an integral part of the selection procedure itself, apart from the ICFOjobs site, we encourage you to browse ICFO’s corporate website to learn more about ICFO’s research activities and to identify the projects and/or areas that best match your background. We also recommend that you visit Careers @ ICFO. A clear indication of your interests and goals in your presentation letter will help us in reviewing your candidacy.
Did you identify an opening meeting your interest and career goals? Then, we are looking forward to your application!
Should there be no opening matching your interest or background, please contact us at email@example.com.
The application process
If you have identified an opening matching your interests, please read carefully the information about requirements, conditions and necessary application material and start the application process. Candidatures should be submitted online via ICFOjobs, our online application interface, in a 2-step procedure:
The button 'Apply to this opening' takes you to the online application form, gathering your personal data for identification purposes. Once submitted, you will receive a link by e-mail, which you must follow in order to continue the application process.
In this second step of the process you will be asked to provide further details and the necessary application material, as well as to indicate potential referees. All enclosed documentation must be in PDF format or plain text.
Once the application form is complete and the relevant material has been uploaded, submit your candidature by clicking on the ‘apply’ button. Candidates will receive an automatic reply acknowledging submission including a reference number for further enquiries or updates (within deadline).
By submitting an application, you grant ICFO permission to use the provided data for the recruiting process. (see Data Protection Policy)
The review process
Applications will first be reviewed to assure that they meet the requirements and conditions as indicated in the job opening. Candidatures will then be evaluated by a scientific and expert selection committee, focussing on the previous experience and background of the applicant. Selection is based on merit and potential, measured in terms of the academic record and personal achievements.
ICFO will notify candidates who are selected to pass to the next stage in the review process, establishing a direct contact with the considering Group Leader(s). Candidates who do not pass the first step of the review process will be notified of the outcome of their application at this time.
Reference letters play an important role in supporting the candidate in the review process. Depending on the call, reference letters must either be submitted directly to ICFO by the referees upon request by the candidate, or submitted upon request by ICFO's recruiting staff. The members of the selection committee will have access to reference letters.
Candidates may be contacted by phone during the selection process. Likewise, on-site interviews may be scheduled.
ICFO will abide 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. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. No restrictions of citizenship or gender apply to ICFO positions.
Notification of results
All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application. Possible results are:
The selection committee reaches the conclusion that the background of other candidate(s) appears to be more suitable for the position.
- Waiting list:
Candidate(s) may be placed on a waiting list based on the shortlist proposed by the selection committee. Candidate(s) on this list may receive an offer in the event that the top-candidate does not accept the position. Waiting list candidates will receive a final decision as soon as the top-candidate confirms acceptance.
- Acceptance / offer:
ICFO extends an official offer, asking the selected candidate for formal confirmation of acceptance.
The selection process is completed as soon as the candidate confirms acceptance of the offered position and a tentative starting date has been agreed.
After acceptance @ ICFO
Staff of the ICFO Human Resources and Education Unit assist new ICFO members with the following procedures:
- Support with administrative and legal matters related to arriving and settling in, including immigration formalities (Visa application process, etc.) and personal assistance in relocation.
- Particularly for PhD-students: Information and advice on the necessary academic documentation to be gathered and submitted for enrolment in the PhD in Photonics program, including information about how to legalize previous studies (e.g. BSc, MSc, etc.) whenever necessary, as well as registration to the doctorate program and academic planning.
ICFO’s applicant database
The applicant database and all applications received through ICFOjobs, are managed by the staff of ICFO’s Human Resources and Education Unit. All information is handled with due confidentiality and solely for the purpose mentioned, and will be made available to the members of the selection committee in so far as they are necessary for the management of the process.
Do I have to submit my application exclusively online or may I also submit a hard copy?
ICFO only accepts applications submitted online via the ICFOjobs interface. As an exception, and only in case of force-majeure problems with electronic submission, candidates may submit their application in hard copy within the deadline.
Is it possible to apply for more than one opening? May I apply even if I have been considered for an ICFO opening in the past (i.e., re-application)?
Do I receive a confirmation acknowledging reception of my application?
Is it possible to update my personal data or application material? Likewise, will I be able to delete my application (and therefore all personal data)?
In the first step of application, through the online application form, you will have to provide your personal data including your contact e-mail. Once submitted, you will receive an acknowledging e-mail, containing an application number and a link which you have to follow in order to continue with the procedure (submission of application material, etc.). Via the link you receive by e-mail, you will also be able to update your data and application material (within the established deadlines) or even to withdraw your application.
In case of questions - whom shall I contact for help in submitting my application?
Please contact the recruiting staff of ICFO’s Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have already submitted an application online, please do not forget to indicate your application number(s), as well as the name of the opening.
Particularly for PhD- and Postdoctoral openings: Is it possible to apply even if I have not yet finished the minimum academic qualification required?
Yes, unless the call explicitly indicates otherwise. In general, candidates should hold an internationally-recognized degree or evidence of its completion before the prospective starting date.
Applications need to be supported by reference letters. How should these be submitted?
For exact details on how to proceed with reference letters, please check the specific opening you are applying for. In general, you will be requested to indicate name, institution, contact data, and relationship in the last part of the online application form. Depending on the opening, either the ICFO recruiting staff will contact your referees for their assessment, or you will be instructed to ask your referees to submit their reference letters electronically via the online application form or e-mail (email@example.com). Candidates should by no means submit a reference letter in support of their own candidature on behalf of their referees.
Submission of academic transcripts and degrees?
The required documentation to be submitted for application is indicated in the ‘application process’ of each opening. In general, ICFO will ask that you provide a copy of your most recent academic degree certificate. Additionally, and particularly for fellowships and internship positions, ICFO will also need you to submit scanned copies of your academic transcripts (current and previous studies). The academic transcripts contain the list of courses, including the credits and marks obtained. Provisional degree certificates are generally accepted by ICFO.
The application form requires the indication of my GPA – what shall I indicate?
GPA stands for Grade Point Average. Apart from other criteria, selection for ICFO positions, above all for fellowships and internships, is measured in terms of the academic performance. In this regard, ICFO needs an indication of the average of your final overall grade obtained in your studies, or the overall qualification obtained in your PhD-studies (for applicants with a PhD-degree).
Retrieve your application
You can write an email to Human Resources and Education at ICFO.