Up to 10 PhD-positions available within the FLIGHT fellowship program (MSCA-COFUND action)

ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Barcelona, Spain
For complete information visit the FLIGHT fellowship program website: https://www.icfo.eu/flight
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

Job Details

ICFO (https://www.icfo.eu/) offers PhD-fellowship positions to well-qualified graduate students, who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in any of the research topics covered at ICFO.

The positions are offered in the scope of the FLIGHT Program, a MCSA-COFUND doctoral program explicitly focused on intersectoral research training in collaboration with Industrial or Clinical Partners.

Our PhD Fellowship Program welcomes applications from individuals with a degree in a field of mathematics, science, engineering or medical sciences related to the ICFO research activities.

Our PhD-program brings together top-level training and teaching for young scientists, benefiting from the extensive course offerings of local universities and focused instruction by ICFO professors, in a stimulating, international and interdisciplinary environment. PhD-students have the opportunity to take advantage of our network of excellence, consisting in partners of national and international research institutes and universities, as well as industrial partners in the field.

Recruited Fellows will have a choice of 3 PhD tracks:

  • Clinical to develop a project in collaboration with one of Clinical Partners
  • Industrial to develop a project in collaboration with one ofIndustrial Partners
  • Enhanced to develop a project with one of ICFO’s Research Groups

Fellows in the Industrial and Clinical tracks will be embedded in both organisations, undertaking secondments of 6-18 months at the Partner during their Fellowship.

Research projects in the Clinical and Industrial tracks on offer in this call are the following:

Clinical track:

  • CT001: New neuro-monitoring tools for theranostics in neuro-critical care. Prof. Dr. Turgut Durduran at ICFO and Dr. Maria Poca and Dr. Juan Sahuquillo at Vall d’Hebron Institut de Recerca (Barcelona)
  • CT002: “Thyroid cancer screening with new multi-modal tools”. Prof. Dr. Turgut Durduran at ICFO and Dr. Mireia Mora at Fundació Clínic Barcelona.
  • CT003: “Prefrontal brain activity to understand and act against the development of dementia in aging” Prof. Dr. Turgut Durduran at ICFO and Dr. Marco Inzitari at Parc Sanitari Pere Virgili (Barcelona).
  • CT004: “Accelerating therapy development for neuromuscular diseases”. Prof. Dr. Pablo Loza-Álvarez at ICFO and Dr. Cecilia Jimenez Mallebera. Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu.

Industrial track:

  • IT001: “Swift leaf: engineering faster molecular switches in plants to optimize their response to sunlight changes”. Prof. Dr. Nicoletta Liguori at ICFO and Dr. Marta da Silva at Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA)
  • IT002: “Continuous variable quantum key distribution with discrete modulation”. Prof. Dr. Antonio Acín at ICFO and Dr. Marco Cofano at LuxQuanta.

Please, browse the FLIGHT fellowship program website for details about the research projects on offer in the Industrial and Clinical tracks.

Enhanced track:

Up to 4 fellowships are available to work with one of ICFO’s 24 Research Groups

Research lines in the Enhanced track will be offered across all ICFO research groups. Research lines include, but are not limited to theoretical and experimental aspects of:

  • Medical Optics 
  • Biophysics, Biophotonics & Super-Resolution Imaging 
  • Photovoltaics, Thermal Photonics & Solar Fuels 
  • Quantum and Low-Dimensional Materials 
  • Optical Sensing & Optoelectronics
  • Nonlinear Optics, Ultrafast Optics & Atto-Science 
  • NanoPhotonics & NanoMechanics 
  • Ultracold Quantum Gases 
  • Quantum Communications, Sensing & Simulation 
  • Quantum Optics & Quantum Information 
  • Nanophotonics, Condensed Matter Physics & Light-Matter Interactions                                        

Please, browse our website for details about ICFO Research Groups and Group Leaders. If you are interested in discussing possible research topics, please contact ICFO Group Leaders directly.


We look forward to receiving your applications. For applications and further information about eligibility requirements, conditions and selection process please visit: https://jobs.icfo.eu/?detail=734

For complete information visit the FLIGHT fellowship program website

FLIGHT has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101081441.


ICFO profile imageICFO is a research excellence centre devoted to the science and technology of light. Our mission is to conduct frontier research, train the next generation of scientists and provide knowledge and technology transfer. We have more than 400 researchers dedicated to fundamental and applied research, addressing standing issues such as health, renewable energies, information technologies, security and industrial processes.

Why work for us
ICFO strives to be a resource for science, technology and talent, and to provide researchers with unique skills to become successful and independent future leaders, both in the academic and industrial worlds. ICFO provides cutting-edge facilities, a stimulating international and interdisciplinary environment, as well as high-level training and extended administrative support for national and international researchers, at different career levels, with backgrounds in scientific disciplines related to optics and photonics, and their applications, including physics, engineering, mathematics, chemistry and biology.

Training and development
Central to ICFO’s mission is to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth to exceptional students, scientists and future stakeholders in the academic and industrial worlds.

A broad range of tailor-made career-development programmes have been created to meet the needs of specific target audiences. ICFO offers focused PhD programmes and dedicated Master’s studies. ICFOnians have access to opportunities throughout the year for enhancing existing skills and competencies, including scientific lectures, specialized seminars, technical workshops, specific courses and other networking opportunities.

What we are looking for
ICFO was conceived as a place where highly motivated and dedicated researchers would have the resources – both in terms of advanced equipment and human capital – to engage in research at the very highest international level. At the core of ICFO life is the drive for deeper scientific understanding, which can only be gained by dedication, hard work, asking questions and experimenting with new concepts and ideas. ICFO’s scientific impact factor is high and the ambition to publish original findings is strong.


Number of employees

Main areas of research
Biophysics and bioengineering; energy and renewables; medical physics, cancer research and oncology; nanotechnology; physical chemistry; quantum science and technology

Positions recently recruited for
Undergraduate and postgraduate students, PhD, postdoctoral and research engineer positions

Desired degree disciplines/class
Physics, engineering, mathematics, chemistry or biology

Eligible to work in the EU

How to apply
Apply through our ICFO Job Openings site at jobs.icfo.eu

Closing date
All year round

Tel +34 935534002
E-mail jobs@icfo.eu

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