Post-doctoral position in novel ultrafast spectroscopy methods for photosynthesis and bioenergetics

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ICFO is offering a postdoctoral position to well-qualified, highly motivated and dynamic young scientist who wishes to enhance his/her scientific career in a friendly and stimulating environment.

The successful candidates will be joining the Photon Harvesting in Plants and Biomolecules group led by Prof. Dr. Nicoletta Liguori.

Our group combines state-of-the-art methods in experimental ultrafast spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations:

We develop and apply novel ultrafast spectroscopic methods aimed at uncovering how changes in light, environment and structure switch the function of photoactive systems on and off.
We obtain structural information of the different steps of such molecular switches by developing and applying molecular dynamics simulations approaches at different levels of temporal and spatial resolution.
The postdoctoral researcher will be involved, in developing novel ultrafast multipulse spectroscopic approaches to uncover how and how fast proteins involved in plant and animal bioenergetics respond to changes of environment and structure and modify their function.

The position is focused on experimental, spectroscopic work. However, the successful candidates will extensively collaborate with the other group members involved in exploring the same processes via molecular dynamics simulations. Amongst other tasks, the successful candidate will be extensively involved in writing scientific publications, supervising students and in dissemination at national and international conferences and visits and collaborations with laboratories across the world.

The PI has received funding from multiple prestigious national and European grants to develop the project and the successful candidates will be embedded in a large network of international collaborations (NL, ES, IT, PT, UK, DE). The successful candidate will receive full support and help from the group leader in applying for independent funding if wished (the position is however already fully funded up to 3 years).The PHPB is an international (IT, DE, IE, ES, CN, PL), fast-growing research group, established in October 2022, which has already secured several postdoctoral fellowships, e.g., 1 La Caixa Junior Leader Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2 MSCA Postdoctoral Felloships, 1 Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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