4-year PhD position in Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Phase Transitions at IMDEA Nanoscience, Madrid, Spain

A fully funded 4-year PhD position is available in the Ultrafast Science of Quantum Materials group at IMDEA Nanoscience in Madrid, Spain, to begin as soon as possible. The student will study the speed limits of light-induced phase transitions using novel few-femtosecond soliton fibre sources. A solid background in optics, ideally ultrafast optics, is strongly desirable. Experience in data analysis and hardware control with python or similar are also valuable.

We especially invite applications from underrepresented groups in physics. Please include a CV and 1-2 references, and contact the group leader Dr. Allan Johnson at allan.johnson@imdea.org. Informal queries are also appreciated.

About the group: The Ultrafast Science of Quantum Materials group at IMDEA Nanoscience in Madrid, Spain studies light-driven phenomena in quantum materials, particularly phase transitions and out-of-equilibrium phases using a variety of laboratory and facility-based experiments. Travel opportunities to Japan, Korea, Switzerland and Germany are expected for all projects in the USQM group. Based in the north of Madrid at the Campus of International Excellence UAM+CSIC, IMDEA Nanoscience is dedicated to the exploration of nanoscience and the development of applications of nanotechnology in connection with innovative industries.

Relevant recent publications

  1. A.S. Johnson et al., Nature Physics 19 (2), 215-220 (2023)
  2. A.S. Johnson et al., Science Advances 7 (33), eabf1386 (2021)
  3. D Perez-Salinas, AS Johnson, D Prabhakaran, S Wall. Nature Comms. 13, 1-8 (2022)
  4. A.S. Johnson et al., Physical Review Letters 129 (25), 255701 (2022)
  5. GA de la Peña Muñoz et al., Nature Physics (2023)