Spain: PhD positions in Optics and Photonics at IFCO

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PhD positions in Optics and Photonics
ICFO – The Institute of Photonics Sciences

The Institut of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) is a center based in
Castelldefels (Barcelona) / Spain, devoted to the research and
education of the optical and photonic sciences, at the highest
international level.

ICFO, in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
(UPC), is offering predoctoral fellowships to well-qualified
graduate students who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in any of the
photonics-related research fields. Ph.D. students at ICFO benefit
from the extensive course offerings of local universities and
focused instruction by ICFO professors.Research is carried out at

The ICFO-UPC PhD Fellowship Program welcomes applications from
individuals with backgrounds in any scientific disciplines related
to optics and photonics. Persons with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply.


No restrictions of citizenship apply to the ICFO-UPC Fellowships.

Candidates must hold an internationally-recognized Bachelor or
Master-equivalent degree of a minimum of officially 4 years studying

The degree must be in a field of science and engineering related to
optics and photonics.

Suitable backgrounds include optics, physics, mathematics,
electronics and telecommunications engineering.

Conditions of fellowships

The fellowships are offered for periods of one year, renewable for a
total of four years.

The renovation of the fellowship is conditional on satisfactory
performance in research and teaching activities.

Selection procedure

Selection of ICFO-UPC predoctoral fellows is based on merit and
potential, measured in terms of the academic record and personal
achievements. Proactivity, participation in community activities,
and capacity for team-work are also taken into account.

Please note that the selection procedure employed at ICFO, as well
as the description of the documentation to be submitted for
application, can be found more detailed at⟨=english

Usually, to apply for a predoctoral position with ICFO, suitable
candidates are requested to submit:

  • The fulfilled application form (attached to the call at our
  • A presentation letter with declaration of research interests,
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a full address, a contact phone
    number and e-mail address and a copy of the passport,
  • A scanned copy of your University academic transcripts in English
    or Spanish,
  • A scanned copy of the degree, if available at the time of
  • The contact e-mail of three potential referees.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to:

E-mail submissions must be coded in DOC, PS, or PDF formats and must
include the subject line General PhD.

Applications can also be submitted by post to:

PhD Screening Committee
ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Mediterranean Technology Park
Av. Canal Olímpic, s/n
08860 – Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain

The deadline for the submission of applications for the present call
is: 31st of August, 2006.

Please, beware that ICFO established three periods of applications
for pre-doctoral studies positions per year. The next submission
deadline will be the 31st of December, 2006.

Applicants will be notified of the results of the first evaluation
stage at ICFO by the 5th of October, 2006.

For further information, please visit

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