PhD position in Physics, Buffer-gas-cooled Molecular Hydrogen for Spectroscopic tests of fundamental Physical interactions, CNR-INO, Napoli, Italy

The PhD work will focus on the realization of novel quantum sensors of fundamental Physics, based on the production of molecular samples at cryogenic temperatures by the buffer-gas-cooling (BGC) technique, and their combination with cavity-enhanced precision spectroscopy in the Lamb-dip regime. In particular, we aim to set new bounds on putative fifth forces beyond the Standard Model, by accomplishing sub-kHz-accuracy line-centre frequency determinations for selected hydrogen deuteride (HD) ro-vibrational transitions in the overtone/fundamental band.

The selected candidate will join a young and highly motivated research team in on-going activities. The ideal candidate should have a Master (or equivalent degree) in Physics, with a good attitude towards the laboratory work.

Application - Interested candidates, prior to the official on-line application available at, should send their CV to the PhD supervisors below, also providing the name of at least one referee who can write about their academic achievements, their motivations and skills.

Dr. Pasquale Maddaloni
CNR-Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Pozzuoli (Italy)
Phone: 0039 081 8675421

Prof. Livio Gianfrani
Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Università degli
studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Caserta (Italy)
Phone: 0039 0823 274632