PhD positions in gas-phase vibrational dynamics at FELIX, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands and Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany

The Max Planck – Radboud University Center for Infrared Free Electron Laser Spectroscopy has an opening for

 two PhD students in Vibrational Dynamics of Metal-Cluster Complexes

To get a fundamental understanding of surface-assisted reactions this project aims to characterize the lifetime of vibrational excitations of molecules adsorbed on the surface of transition metal clusters. For this, you will use existing and to-be-designed experimental equipment to characterize metal cluster complexes via the combination of mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy, in particular utilizing the different infrared Free Electron Lasers that are available in the two partner institutions: FELIX at Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) and the FHI-FEL at the Fritz Haber Institute (Berlin, Germany). One student will be stationed in Nijmegen, the other in Berlin. It is foreseen that the two PhD students will closely collaborate in joint experimental studies at both institutions.

We solicit for candidates with an articulate interest in setting up new experiments for unique time-resolved studies employing IR-FELs. Experience with any of the following techniques is desirable, but not essential: pulsed laser systems, time-resolved spectroscopy, mass spectrometry or high vacuum instrumentation, programming for data analysis (Python, Igor Pro, Matlab, Origin) or instrument automation and data acquisition (Labview).

For more information on the project, please contact

Joost Bakker     

André Fielicke   

Applications are accepted until April 17, and interviews will be conducted in the week of May 1, 2023. Starting times are negotiable but ideally September 1, 2023. Applications must be done at the separate institutions, where salaries and secondary conditions are detailed:

Radboud University: Details>>

 Fritz Haber Institute: Details>>