PhD-positions available within the ICFO PhD Program (spring 2023)

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February 09, 2023
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PhD-positions available within the ICFO PhD Program (spring 2023)

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

Important: Candidates who fulfil the MSCA mobility requirements (i.e. NOT have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months during the 3 years prior to the call deadline), are encouraged to apply to the FLIGHT Fellowship program: https: // Candidates applying to the FLIGHT Fellowship program will be automatically considered for the fellowships they will be eligible for in this call.

Fellowships 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 at https: // www. 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 AGAUR (Government of Catalonia) and other funding sources.

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

    Financed by the European Union-NextGenerationEU-MICIIN(PRTR-C17. I1) and by the Generalitat de Catalunya.

    Proyecto QUANTUM ENIA, financiado por el Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia en el marco de la Agenda España Digital 2025.

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    To be eligible for an ICFO PhD position, candidates must:

  • Have an internationally-recognized Master-equivalent degree. The degree must be completed by the start of your prospective PhD at ICFO, at the latest, and must be in a field of science and engineering related to the ICFO research activities. Degrees issued within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) must have an equivalent to 300 ECTS, out of which a minimum of 60 ECTS must have been obtained in postgraduate studies. Please, if in doubt regarding your academic eligibility, contact us at

  • Candidates who have already been awarded a PhD are not eligible to apply.

  • Have an excellent academic record, previous research experience and a strong commitment for scientific research.

  • Have a high working knowledge of English.

  • Other specific eligibility requirements and conditions apply for specific fellowship schemes.

    Additionally, to the general eligibility criteria, candidates for the Severo Ochoa Excellence Program PhD fellowships will have to meet mobility requirements:

  • By the time of the PhD contract activation, candidates should have resided in Spain or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) for at least 12 of the last 36 months.

  • Candidates must not have been in a PhD position at ICFO for more than 12 months (including the trainee period) at the time of the call deadline.

  • The candidate must not have applied to any previous call for equivalent ICFO PhD fellowships (this includes e.g. the Spring and Fall PhD fellowship calls).

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