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PhD position in time-resolved x-ray spectroscopy (1.0 FTE)

Femtosecond X-ray spectroscopy – Theory and experiments with X-ray free electron lasers.

2 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


One PhD opening is immediately available for outstanding candidates to work on the combination of theory and experiments of time-resolved x-ray spectroscopy.

Ultrashort laser pulses in x-ray regime, provided by free electron laser allow for resolving the coupled nuclear and electronic dynamics in photochemical processes. Ultrafast hard x-ray sources make time-resolved x-ray spectroscopy experiments possible, paving the way to capture the electronic and structural dynamics of solids, for example in photo-electro-catalytic systems.

As the PhD candidate, you will conduct x-ray free electron laser experiments on transition metal oxides in relation to photocatalysis and photoanodes, with the goal to study changes in the electronic structure of the photoanodes with femtosecond x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS). In addition, you will perform electronic structure calculations based on calculations for the excited state and x-ray spectroscopy experiments.

The training involves theoretical and experimental time-resolved x-ray methods and the project is embedded in a Marie Skłodowska-Curie training network (SMART-X), including academic and non-academic partners engaged in both theoretical and experimental activities. The position requires 4 secondments with a total duration of at least 6 months in partner institutions within the network (outside the Netherlands).


We are looking for a motivated candidate with a Master's degree in chemistry of physics and who:

  • is excited about working on a theory/experiment project that combines state-of-the-art electronic structure calculations, quantum mechanics and x-ray spectroscopy;
  • has prior training in theoretical chemistry/physics, or x-ray spectroscopy (considered a plus);
  • has excellent communication skills in English, both in speech and in writing.


  • a full-time position for 4 years;
  • a full-time gross salary that starts at €2,395 and increases to €3,061 per month in the fourth year (scale P of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao));
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here.

Additional information

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Frank de Groot via f.m.f.degroot@uu.nl.

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to science.recruitment@uu.nl.