Post Doctoral position at CERIC-ERIC - Dyna Chiro project

The Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium - CERIC–ERIC (), is an integrated multidisciplinary Research Infrastructure open for basic and applied research in all fields of material and biomaterial sciences and nanotechnology. CERIC has been established by integrating advanced research facilities based in 8 countries (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovenia) into a unique European entity supporting the creation of basic and applied knowledge and promoting the mobility of researchers in an international multicultural scientific environment.

Post-doctoral position is available for the CERIC-ERIC project Dyna Chiro – Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Chiral Systems. The project will investigate the chiral and dynamical properties of matter using the Elettra and Solaris synchrotrons, and other facilities within the CERIC consortium. In addition, instrumentation development will be carried out.

Job description

The position will be located in Trieste, Italy, at Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste. The successful candidate will perform experiments on free molecules using synchrotron light and an optical laser, under the supervision of Prof. K. C. Prince and Dr. R. Richter. In addition, the candidate will participate in the design of a new soft x-ray beamline for atomic, molecular and optical studies with synchrotron light, and in the design and construction of new instrumentation for studies of gas phase targets with circularly polarized light. The candidate will work in collaboration with Italian, Polish and Slovenian partners in the project.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • A Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline is required.
  • Experience in one or more of the following techniques is necessary: ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) synchrotron based photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray absorption, laser physics, and soft x-ray beam line technology and related instrumentation science.
  • The ability to work unsupervised, or together with a team, and the ability to interact with staff and users in an international environment is essential.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English are necessary. Italian and/or Polish language skills are an advantage.


  • Duration - 12 months, with the possibility of renewal for up to a further 18 months subject to satisfactory performance.
  • The salary will be commensurate with previous experience and qualifications of the Candidate.

Applications should include a full curriculum vitae and the names and contact information (including electronic mail addresses) of two or three referees, and be sent by the 9th of January, 2017. If no suitable candidate is found at that date, the search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Applications should be sent to the following e-mail address:, with the following subject: Post-doctoral position at CERIC-ERIC – Dyna Chiro – Elettra Sincrotrone.

For further information about the project please contact:

Prof. K.C. Prince,, or Dr. R. Richter