Project description

This project is a bilateral collaboration between the University of Amsterdam and the University of Twente, focused on the development of an efficient, selective, stable and economically feasible functionalized NiO photocathode for the reduction of CO2 and protons. The aim is to bridge the gap between the typical time scale of charge separation (ns) and catalysis (ms-s), which is a major challenge in photocatalysis.


Novel photosensitizers and catalysts will be developed at the University of Amsterdam in the group of Prof. Joost Reek. The PhD student at the University of Twente will prepare the NiO template with controlled dopants and nanomorphology, functionalize this with the new photosensitizers and catalysts developed, and pursue photodynamical and –catalytic studies. The entire light-induced fuel evolution process will be characterized by advanced ultrafast electronic, vibrational and x-ray transient spectroscopy under in-situ conditions with the aim to develop fundamental insight into the nature of intermediate species formed, the role of the environment and factors that govern the selectivity.



  • You are highly motivated and an enthusiastic researcher (F/M).
  • You have a MSc degree in Chemistry or Physics or equivalent, with excellent experimental skills.
  • You have a keen interest in bridging Chemistry and Physics.
  • You have a good team spirit and like collaboration with adjacent disciplines.
  • You have strong analytical skills and a keen interest in the interpretation of complex data.
  • You are fluent in English.



You will be appointed on a fulltime position for 4 years, with a qualifier in the first year, within a very stimulating scientific environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues. Salary and conditions are in accordance with the collective labor agreement for Dutch universities.

  • Salary ranging from € 2.222,- gross at the start to € 2,840,- gross in the 4th year.
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3% and a solid pension scheme.
  • A training program in which you and your supervisor will make up a plan for additional suitable education and supervision.
  • As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the Twente Graduate School.
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues and collaborators.


Information and application

Please send your application before August 15, 2018 to Dr. Annemarie Huijser (j.m.huijser@utwente.nl) and include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for this position, a detailed CV, contact details of at least 2 referees, an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education and a TOEFL or IELTS score to verify sufficient mastering of the English language. An interview will be part of the selection procedure. 


Se oferta un beca de doctorado Marie Curie al grupo del Prof. Cerullo (Politécnico de Milán, Italia) en el marco del proyecto LightDyNAmics ( https://www.lightdynamics.eu/ ).

Se trata de un proyecto de carácter experimental en el ámbito de la espectroscopia ultrarrápida en el UV con aplicación al estudio de la fotofísica del ADN. Buscamos estudiantes motivados y con una sólida formación en óptica.

El salario bruto es aproximadamente 3.000€ al mes más 600€ de movilidad y, si procede, 500€ de contribución familiar.

La fecha prevista de inicio es el 1 de noviembre.

Las personas interesadas deben enviar CV y carta de motivación al Prof. Giulio Cerullo  (giulio.cerullo@polimi.itantes del 15 de julio.

Prof. Giulio Cerullo Department of Physics, Politecnico Milano giulio.cerullo@polimi.it

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GROC is the Photonics Research Group at the Universitat Jaume I in Castelló. It is a research group of excellence appointed by the Generalitat Valenciana.

The research activities at the GROC are organized in several topics as:

- Collaboration in the development of two-photon microscopy systems with femtosecond laser

- Study of acoustic wave propagation and development of metasurfaces for acoustic invisibility.

- Development of computational imaging systems through turbid media with structured light

- Manufacture of colloidal nanoparticles by means of laser ablation in liquids with ultrashort lasers 


The purpose of these four grants is to introduce undergraduate students into the current GROC research activities, fostering contacts between new students and GROC’s researchers and graduate students. Applicants are expected to demonstrate creativity and be open-minded to collaborative work and innovation. The grants are open to undergraduate students pursuing a Physical Engineering or Physics Degree. 


The deadline for submitting applications is from 06/25/2018 to 07/6/2018.

Detailed description and applications forms can be found in the following link:



For additional information about these grants please contact to Enrique Tajahuerce at tajahuer@uji.es or Gladys Mínguez at gminguez@uji.es.  


Voptica SL (www.voptica.com) busca candidatos para cubrir un puesto de ingeniero/físico óptico.

Voptica es una spin-off del Laboratorio de Optica de la Universidad de Murcia que desarrolla y comercializa el único simulador visual de Optica Adaptativa del mundo. Esta localizada en unas nuevas instalaciones en el Parque Científico de Murcia y financiada con un proyecto H2020-SME durante los 2 próximos años y tiene un proyecto solido de expansión.

Busca candidatos con formación en Física o Ingeniería. Se valora experiencia en óptica experimental, buen nivel de ingles y capacidad de trabajo en equipo.

Se ofrece incorporación inmediata, salario competitivo (dependiendo de la valía) y participación en un proyecto tecnológico de futuro.

Los interesados pueden contactar directamente conmigo (pablo@um.es) por correo electrónico, adjuntando su CV y un teléfono de contacto.


Solar energy is currently the only clean alternative that has the potential to sustain our ever-increasing energy needs. Knowledge of a more efficient way to convert sunlight into chemical or electrical energy is a determinant step toward sustainability. The understanding and subsequent control of efficient Internal Conversion (IC), Inter-System Crossing (ISC) and visible-light driven Charge Separation (CS), as the key steps in natural and artificial photosynthesis, will lead to the development of a cleaner energy production. In this aim, we propose to investigate these intrinsic electronic processes in series of specifically engineered porphyrins and porphyrin-based complexes.

The candidate will be using Sheffield’s the newly built laser facility which includes an ultrafast transient spectroscopy (Helios) and the latest fluorescence upconversion setups. The goal is to build a list of structural characteristics that specifically enhance the rate and yield of photo-induced IC, ISC and CS in porphyrins. By combining some of the best equipment available in the world and structurally unique porphyrins, we except the outcome of this project to be a landmark in the field of porphyrin photo-dynamics.

Besides acquiring expertise in the proposed ultrafast techniques and data analysis, the candidate will have the option to develop the current laser system to integrate multi-pulse and pulse-shaping capabilities. The university also provides with effective professional development programs and a vibrant social environment.

The University of Sheffield is a world top 100 university and world top 50 most international, situated at the edge of Sheffield’s historical downtown, only 6km away from the Peak District national park with direct train connections to London (2.5h), Manchester (1h) and Leeds (<1h).

The successful candidate has a doctoral degree in Chemistry, Physics or related disciplines with experiences in fs laser spectroscopy and/or time resolved techniques. She/he is willing to work in a diverse environment, selfmotivated and has leaderships abilities.

Please send your CV, motivation letter and references to a.chauvet@sheffield.ac.uk.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Adrien Chauvet, Chemistry Dept., Dainton Building, C94,

The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7HF, United Kingdom.

+44 (0)114 222 9414




The University of Limerick (UL) with over 15,000 students and 1,300 staff is an energetic and enterprising institution with a proud record of innovation and excellence in education, research and scholarship. The dynamic, entrepreneurial and pioneering values which drive UL’s mission and strategy ensures that we capitalise on local, national and international engagement and connectivity. We are renowned for providing an outstanding student experience and conducting leading edge research.

Our commitment is to make a difference by shaping the future through educating and empowering our students. UL is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 130 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and research environment.

Applications are invited for the following position

PhD Scholarship in Optical Fibre Sensing

Opportunity for talented and motivated candidate to join our research team as a full-time PhD student at University of Limerick. The research in our group develops optical sensors for applications in radiotherapy.

The PhD project advances the use of photonics for radiation oncology by investigating optical fibres suitable for use as distributed radiation sensors for in vivo use in brachytherapy. The project will investigate suitable materials for use in distributed optical fibre based sensors to provide real-time monitoring of the radiation dose for cancer treatment.

Your profile

Suitable candidates for the PhD position have (or will have at starting date) a first class or 2.1 honours bachelor or master degree, or equivalent, in engineering, physics, materials science or other relevant field. Experience in optics, instrumentation, MATLAB, LabVIEW are of extra merit. We also value good communication skills (English), strong motivation, positive attitude, and ability to work well both independently and with others.

The research environment

The successful candidate will join the Photonics for Radiation Therapies Group, under guidance of Dr. Sinead O’Keeffe. The research group is part of the Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre (www.ofsrc.ul.ie), directed by Prof. Elfed Lewis, within the Dept. of Electronic & Computer Engineering. The laboratory constitutes a collaborative, international and cross-disciplinary research environment of over 20 members.

Funding /Stipend

The studentship are normally valued at €24,000 (€18,500 stipend + EU fees €5,500) per annum for 4 years - commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application procedure Please send a CV (full curriculum vitae with referee details) with a personal statement outlining why you would like to pursue this research opportunity and what you think you could contribute to this study to Dr Sinead O’Keeffe (sinead.okeeffe@ul.ie).


Closing date for receipt of application is 4 th July 2018. For more information, visit www.ofsrc.ul.ie, or contact Dr O’Keeffe sinead.okeeffe@ul.ie


En el siguiente enlace (https://www.ucm.es/paii44-18) se puede encontrar información relativa a un contrato de investigación en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid dentro del proyecto PCIN-2017-021: “Generación de tercer armónico en elementos ópticos revestidos con grafeno - nuevos dispositivos para la medida de pulsos ultracortos y para conversión de frecuencia”.

Se requiere: título de Graduado o Licenciado en Física.

Se valorará: Título de Máster. Interés en realizar Tesis Doctoral. Conocimientos de Óptica y Fotónica.

Más información: weigand@fis.ucm.es, Fac. Ciencias Físicas. Dpto. Óptica. 


The research group “Femtosecond spectroscopy and ultrafast laser control” of Prof. Thomas Baumert at University of Kassel is looking for a PhD student (f/m) within Collaborative Research Centre 1319 “Extreme light for sensing and driving molecular chirality (ELCH)”

Salary will be according to TV13 / 2.

Topic: The everyday phenomenon of chirality has been fascinating scientists and philosophers for centuries. Molecular chirality, especially, plays an important role in the fundamental building blocks of nature. It is also crucial for human health as the positive or negative effects of pharmaceuticals can depend on the chirality of its active ingredients. Furthermore, chiral molecules act as versatile testbeds in fundamental physical sciences. Within a large research effort (ELCH), our groups strives to understand and control molecular chirality on a microscopic level. Therefore, we investigate isolated molecular quantum systems in the gas phase using state-of-the-art methods of molecular physics. The specific task of this PhD project is to invert chirality of a molecule using ultra short laser pulses. The PhD student will have to perform experiments in the lab, to evaluate the data using computational methods and to present the results on scientific conferences and through publications in peer-reviewed journals.


  • MSc or equal in physics or physical chemistry with very good marks.
  • Good experimental skills in at least one of the following fields: Ultra short laser pulses, highvacuum techniques and charged-particle detection.
  • Ability to work in a team, high motivation and capability to work independently.

The city of Kassel: Kassel (c. 200 000 inhabitants) lies in the geographic center of Germany and is connected very well to various modes of the transportation network. The city hosts the famous Documenta exhibition for contemporary arts and has about 24 000 students. The high recreational value of the area is underlined by the presence of both world cultural heritage (Bergpark Kassel) and world natural heritage (Kellerwald), while housing is relatively cheap compared with other large cities in Germany.

Our research group: Find out more about our research on our webpage (www.uni-kassel.de/go/femto).

It also holds first visual impressions of our labs (www.uni-kassel.de/go/bilder).

Please send your complete application to Prof. Thomas Baumert or Dr. Arne Senftleben.

Email addresses can be found on the webpage.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone.

Tesis Doctoral en "Dispositivos nanofotonicos para medida cuántica de la temperatura" dento del proyecto europeo "PhotoQuant" en el IMN-CSIC (Madrid). Tema de trabajo en fichero adjunto. L
os candidatos tendrán que poseer una licenciatura en Física o Ingeniería.
Interesados contactar en el correo: pabloaitor.postigo@imm.cnm.csic.es