Postdoc position in ultrafast spectroscopy of inorganic complexes, EPLF, Lausanne, France

Postdoc position in ultrafast spectroscopy of inorganic complexes in the groups of Prof. Dr. Majed Chergui and Prof. Dr. Christoph Bostedt

The candidate will work on ultrafast optical and free-electron laser experiments on molecular catalytic complexes and reference molecules. The optical experiments are performed in the LACUS laboratories at EPFL (Lausanne). The Lausanne lab offers a broad range of experimental strategies such as ultrafast transient absorption and 2-dimensional spectroscopy in the visible to the deep-UV, ultrafast fluorescence up- conversion, ultrafast photoelectron spectroscopy of liquid solutions and ultrafast circular dichroism. The ultrafast X-ray spectroscopic studies will be carried out at the Swiss Free Electron Laser (SwissFEL), at the Paul-Scherrer-Institut (PSI) in Villigen. The new soft x-ray branch will offer few- to sub-femtosecond x-ray pulses as well as two-color capabilities from 250 to 1800 eV. The new Maloja endstation, currently under construction, will offer opportunities for ultrafast x-ray spectroscopies in the soft x-ray regime in the gas, liquid, and solid phase. The candidate will participate in developing strategies for ultrafast spectroscopy at free-electron laser sources with a focus on nitrogen containing molecular complexes. Solid knowledge of ultrafast laser spectroscopy and/or X-ray spectroscopy are expected, along with a motivation to high risk experiments.

Administrative details: The position is based in the Laboratory for Ultrafast X-ray Sciences at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The optical laser experiments will be performed in the LACUS laboratories at EPFL but frequent travel to the free-electron laser facility at Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen or other XFEL sources must be expected. The position is limited to three years. Interested candidates should submit CV, motivation letter and the contact details of two referees to Prof. Christoph Bostedt by e-mail (christoph.bostedt ‘at’ epfl.ch) quoting the reference SolarN 2.

Available from: 01.05.2020
Application deadline: 01.04.2020