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10+ PhD-positions available within the ICFO PhD Program (Spring 2022)

ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Barcelona (Localidad), Cataluña (ES)
Fellowships are offered for a period of 4.5 years. Conditions available in the Job description
Closing date
31 Jan 2022
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ICFO 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.  

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.

Our International PhD Fellowship Program welcomes applications from individuals with a degree in a field of science and engineering related to the ICFO research activities.

Fellowships will be offered across all ICFO research groups in the following research topics:

  • Biophysics & Biomedical Optics
  • Optical Sensing, Optoelectronics & Photovoltaics
  • Nonlinear Optics, Ultrafast Optics & Atto-Physics
  • Nanophotonics, Optomechanics & Nanomechanics
  • Experimental Quantum Optics, Quantum Gases & Quantum Information
  • Theoretical Nanophotonics, Quantum Optics & Quantum Information
  • Condensed Matter Theory & Light-Matter Interactions
  • Energy storage, solar fuels and CO2 mitigation
  • Thermal photonics and infrared spectroscopy

Please, browse our website for details about ICFO Research Groups and Group Leaders</b> at  In the group profile, you will also see specific available PhD-projects in that particular group (application should be formalized through this present general call with the corresponding selection process applicable). If you are interested in discussing possible research topics, please contact ICFO Group Leaders directly.

Important: During your application, you will be requested to indicate the research group(s) you are interested in accomplishing your PhD with.

The fellowships are offered in the scope of several fellowship programs currently active within the ICFO PhD Program:

  • Severo Ochoa Excellence Program.
  • Standard PhD positions: funded by Agencia Estatal de Investigación (Government of Spain), AGAUR (Government of Catalonia) and other funding sources.

Important: All candidates will be considered for all available fellowships for which they are eligible.


The formal application should be submitted online via

For further information about Requirements, Conditions and Application Process please visit:

At all stages of the process, candidates may contact ICFO Human Resources and Education via

The deadline for submission of applications for the present call is January 31, 2022.


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

Closing date
All year round

Tel +34 935534002

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