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Post doc in femtosecond spectroscopy of molecules in He droplets

The Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position in the field of experimental physical chemistry.

The position is available from January 1, 2019

Job description/research project/research area

The candidate is expected to take a leading role in a novel research program in which prototypical organic solar cells, such as the dimers of tetracene or pentacene, are embedded in superfluid helium nanodroplets and studied by femtosecond laser-based spectroscopy methods.

Other research projects include time-resolved imaging of molecules undergoing chemical reaction dynamics, imaging nanostructures in helium droplets using x-ray free-electron lasers and exploring the fast rotational motion of molecules coupled to a dissipative environment.
The candidate is expected to engage in the education of students at all levels, i.e. PhD, master and undergraduate through research based training.

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in experimental physical chemistry

The candidate must be able to document extensive experience with the following:

•    Ultrahigh vacuum technology
•    Amplified femtosecond laser systems
•    Ion and electron imaging spectrometers
•    Spectroscopy and dynamics of molecules in helium nanodroplets
•    Writing of scientific articles
•    Supervision of students at both the undergraduate and the graduate level

The candidate must be fluent in the speaking and writing of English.

Who we are/ The department
The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University is one of the leading European chemistry departments with research programs that range from medicinal chemistry to theoretical chemistry. It has a permanent staff of 29 full and associate professors, a support-staff of 25 people, 100 PhD-students and postdocs, and more than 500 students.

The place of work is

Departmentof Chemistry, Aarhus University
Langelandsgade 140
8000 Aarhus C

Contact person
Professsor Henrik Stapelfeldt, +45 871 55974,

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

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