Postdoctoral position in optically detected magnetic resonance

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ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
31 August, 2020


Carl Friedrich Gauss, 3
Castelldefels 08860
Phone: +34935534101


The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona, Spain, invites applications for a Junior postdoctoral position in the area of optically detected magnetic resonance. 

The successful candidate will join the Atomic Quantum Optics group, led by Prof. Dr Morgan Mitchell to carry out research tasks associated with the development of new techniques in atomic physics, magnetometry and magnetic resonance.  The candidate will design new magneto-optical sensing approaches that involve atomic and nuclear spin systems. 

The successful candidate will carry out their tasks within the Quantum CAT project (Agrupació Emergent en Tecnologies Quàntiques de Catalunya (QUANTUM) with suggested potential funding of 1.814.495,14€. Operation Code: IU16-011424). This project QuantumCAT is co-financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund within the framework of the ERDF Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020.”

Relevant ongoing projects in the group include:

Development of microfabricated optically pumped atomic magnetometers operating at the femtotesla sensitivity level, for application in biomagnetic field detection. Part of the EU Quantum Flagship program.

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in the ultralow-field regime below earth’s magnetic field.  Supported by EU Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions.

Techniques for atomic and nuclear spin polarization in the ultralow-field regime. Co-financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund within the framework of the ERDF Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020.

Requirements and conditions

Applicants must hold an internationally recognized Ph.D. degree in Physics, Chemistry or closely related field to experimental quantum optics or magnetic resonance.

Experience in the design, development and implementation of hardware, as well as a knowledge of spin dynamics is essential. 

The applicant should have a demonstrated ability to work with collaborators.

ICFO is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates are selected exclusively on merit and potential on the basis of submitted application material. No restrictions related to disabilities, citizenship or gender apply to ICFO positions. ICFO abides by the principles of openness, efficiency, transparency, supportiveness, and international comparability as stated in the European Charter for Researchers and the European Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

The contract is offered for periods of one year, renewable on an annual basis.

Application process

The formal application should be submitted online via   

Suitable candidates are requested to submit:

·         Presentation letter with a declaration of interest,

·         Curriculum Vitae, including contact details,

·         Scanned copies of the complete (Bachelor and Master equivalent) official academic transcripts in English or Spanish,

·         The contact e-mail of two potential referees.

For informal inquiries, please send it to Dr. Michael Tayler (michael [dot] tayler [at] icfo [dot] eu) and Prof. Morgan Mitchell (morgan [dot] mitchell [at] icfo [dot] eu)

Candidates may contact jobs [at] icfo [dot] eu  for informal enquiries regarding the application.

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