Spain: PhD Positions in Optics and Photonics

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Via: official announcement

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
ICFO. 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
period. 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 the selection procedure employed at ICFO, detailed in the following.
1) Required documentation for application
To apply for a predoctoral position with ICFO, suitable candidates are requested to submit:

  • The fulfilled application form (to be found attached to the call)
  • 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 application,
  • The contact e-mail of three potential referees.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to: icfojobs[ at ]
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

2) Evaluation procedure
The deadline for submission of applications for the present call is: 30th of September, 2008.

Applicants will be notified the results of the first evaluation stage not later than the 03rd of November, 2008.

If an applicant has been selected for the second evaluation stage,
the interested group leaders of ICFO will contact personally with that
candidate in order to determine research interests or suitability of
the candidate for the interested research group. This second evaluation
period will be finished not later than the 15th of December, 2008.

All candidates will be notified of the decision in their case. In
case of positive evaluation, the candidate will receive an official
offer from the ICFO. The selected candidate will have until the 15th
of January, 2009 to confirm his or her decision.

Please note that candidates should be willing to be contacted by phone during the entire selection process.

3) After acceptance by ICFO
Staff of the Human Resources and Education Unit of ICFO assists ICFO-PhD-students with the following procedures:

  • Immigration formalities (Visa application process, etc.)
  • Information about how to legalize your previous studies (e.g. BSc, MSc, etc.)
  • Selection of the most suitable doctorate programme
  • Collection of the necessary documentation to be submitted at the University
  • Registration to the doctorate programme
  • Further administrative accomplishments necessary for your arrival
    to ICFO For further information, please visit

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