Spain, ICFO PhD Positions in Optics and Photonics

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.
Required documentation for application
The fulfilled application form (attached to the call at our homepage)
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:
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 OlĂ­mpic, s/n
08860 - Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain
Evaluation procedure
The deadline for the submission of applications for the present call is: 30th of June, 2008.

Applicants will be notified of the results of the first evaluation stage at ICFO by the 04th of August, 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 no later than the 08th of September, 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 30th of September, 2008 to confirm his or her decision.

Please note that candidates should be willing to be contacted by phone during the entire selection process.
After acceptance by ICFO
Staff of the Human Resource 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

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Download the call and application form


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