ERC-funded PhD and Postdoctoral positions in Rotational Spectroscopy, University of Valladolid, Spain

We have several PhD and postdoctoral positions at the University of Valladolid (Spain) to work with rotational spectroscopy on the development of techniques for chiral detection and chiral recognition. The positions are funded by the ERC through the recently awarded Consolidator Grant HydroChiral.

The study of chiral recognition in the gas phase will be addressed through the implementation and development of novel methods based on broadband rotational spectroscopy. These techniques allow for a precise determination of both the enantiomeric excess and the absolute configuration of a molecule, which are ultimately responsible for a specific biological activity. Likewise, the high resolution and sensitivity of rotation spectroscopy will be used to gain unprecedented insight on the role of water in chiral recognition. Below you can find several studies related to these topics.

Coherent EnantiomerSelective Population Enrichment Using Tailored Microwave Fields - Pérez - 2017 - Angewandte Chemie International Edition - Wiley Online Library

Assessing the performance of rotational spectroscopy in chiral analysis - Chemical Science (RSC Publishing)

Quantitative Chiral Analysis by Molecular Rotational Spectroscopy - ScienceDirect

The First Stages of Nanomicelle Formation Captured in the Sevoflurane Trimer | The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (

Rotational dive into the water clusters on a simple sugar substrate | PNAS

For the postdoctoral position, the selected candidates are expected to have a PhD in Physics or Chemistry, with knowledge of spectroscopy, and interest in the development of new experimental techniques. We are looking for a person motivated and interested in developing a research career. It is advisable to have a good level of English for communication with international collaborators, reading and writing of scientific texts and presenting the results at national and international conferences. Programming knowledge in Python, Matlab or similar, as well as experience in instrument control, data processing, and writing scientific papers will be highly valued. 

For the PhD positions, we are looking for candidates with a master's degree in Physics or Chemistry, with a basic knowledge of spectroscopy, and interest in the development of new experimental techniques.


Dr. Cristóbal Pérez
Beatriz Galindo Senior Researcher
Dep. Physical Chemistry
University of Valladolid