The International Max Planck Research School for Ultrafast Imaging and Structural Dynamics in Hamburg, Germany, offers a structured Ph.D. programme in the physics and chemistry of ultrafast phenomena.

PhD positions in Ultrafast Science – IMPRS-UFAST – Hamburg

Our research focuses on ultra-intense electron and x-ray sources for directly observing atomic motions during primary events, and ultrafast imaging over the relevant length and time scales to come to new levels of understanding of the interplay between structure and dynamics.

Specific areas include theoretical and experimental aspects of condensed matter and atomically resolved dynamics, fundamental light-matter interaction, accelerator-based light sources, coherent imaging, coherent controlled molecular and solid state dynamics, molecule imaging, extreme timescale spectroscopy, ultrafast optics and x-ray science, relevance and applications in chemistry, biology and medicine.

We offer
  • various PhD positions in these areas:
  • a 3-year structured PhD programme
  • cross-disciplinary thesis research in a vibrant, international scientific environment
  • supervision and mentorship by a team of internationally renowned experts and additional support through an advisory panel
  • state-of-the-art research facilities
  • advanced training opportunities (scientific, skills, career) in English
  • funding in form of contracts
We are looking for highly motivated applicants with an excellent academic background.
Applicants will hold (or are about to complete) an MSc degree or an equivalent degree in physics, chemistry or related areas.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Applications must be submitted online. The deadline is 15th December 2017.          PhD projects start in summer/autumn 2018.

The International Max Planck Research School for Ultrafast Imaging & Structural Dynamics (IMPRS-UFAST) is a joint venture of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), the Universität Hamburg and the European XFEL GmbH.


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