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2 Phd positions - Marie Sklodowska Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher Openings in Chemical Physics
Bewerbungsschluss:29.02.2016 Kennziffer: A-16-2-01
Vergütung: Both posts benefit from a highly competitive and attractive salary, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable.
Befristung auf: These full-time posts will be available from September 2016 and are each offered on a fixed-term 36 month contract.
Stellenprofil: Applications are invited for 2 Phd positions in order to work under the supervision of Prof. Marc Vrakking at the Max-Born Institute,in Berlin, as part of the European funded project "ASPIRE". This network comprises 9 member institutions, from both academia and industry, located in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark and Italy, together with 6 partner organisations. A total of 12 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be hosted across the network and will take part in laboratory-based research, a network-wide training program, public engagement activities and collaboration with network partners through short-term placements in European industrial/academic partner laboratories. Details of all available projects can be found at: www.ASPIRE-ITN.eu.

The overarching research goal of the ASPIRE project is the measurement of ?molecular frame? (MF) photoelectron angular distributions (PADs) from isolated molecules of varying complexity. Individual projects in ASPIRE will involve the use of charged particle detection technology as well as either state-of-the-art laser systems or synchrotron radiation. Progress in this area of research is highly technologically driven, and the input of private company partners is critical to the scientific objectives, as well as to the enhanced training environment that will be provided.

At the Max-Born Institute, a state-of-the-art research infrastructure has been developed in the last few years, permitting cutting edge research in attosecond science and related fields. The first Phd project will be carried out in a laboratory where a high repetition rate Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplifier provides ultrashort laser pulses for a two-color attosecond pump-probe experiment. Given the uniquely high repetition rate of the OPCPA, the experiments can be carried using fully coincident detection of the electrons and ions formed in the experiment, using a COLTRIMS setup. The second Phd project focuses on the use of molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions for monitoring time-dependent structural changes. To this end, extreme ultra-violet (XUV) laser pulses obtained by means of high-harmonic generation are transmitted through a time-compensating monochromator, permitting pump-probe experiments using XUV pulses with both a very short pulse duration and a Fourier-limited bandwidth. In addition to Prof. Vrakking as thesis supervisor, both Phd students will benefit from supervision by a number of senior scientists (Dr. Schulz, Dr. Furch, Dr. Mikosch, Dr. Kornilov, Dr. Rouzée).

The successful candidates will be part of the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN), "ASPIRE", and will also register for a PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Anforderungen: The successful candidates for these posts will possess an excellent Master´s degree in a relevant subject (Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Physics), excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the potential to conduct independent scientific research and perform well as part of a research team. Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria: (http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2014_2015/main/h2020-wp1415-msca_en.pdf, p40-41). In particular, at the time of appointment candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the appointment.
Bewerbung an: These full-time posts will be available from September 2016 and are each offered on a fixed-term 36 month contract. If needed, individual arrangements deviating from this scheme such as an earlier start can be considered.

The Max-Born Institute values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity, as manifested that the institute was awarded the "Total Equality" certificate in 2015.

The MBI aims at increasing its female staff and thus solicits strongly the application of female scientists. Equally qualified female applicants will be preferred over male counterparts. Furthermore, handicapped persons with equal qualification will be preferred.

Formal applications, including curriculum vitae and certificates must be sent to Sabine Schulz (personal@mbi-berlin.de).
weitere Informationen: Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Prof. Marc Vrakking.

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