Scientific Writer and Communication Officer

Description of the Department:

The Marketing and Communication Department is a lively team that has the privilege to be part of the dissemination process of an exciting and growing knowledge area. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are shaping our society, offering plenty of opportunities to communicate, dialogue and interact in innovative ways with multiple stakeholders.

Marketing and Communication offers support for the communication actions of the ICN2 research community and administration departments. It also coordinates dissemination activities aimed at different audiences (citizens, education sector, industry, researchers), and leads internal and external communication projects in collaboration with ICN2 personnel. Concepts such as Open Science and responsible research and innovation (RRI) are central to our everyday activity.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Writing and editing texts for news items, press releases, communication-related project proposals and reports, dissemination activities and institutional content such as the Annual Report and material for the Board of Trustees.
  • Producing and updating web and print-based promotional materials.
  • Supporting the creation of dissemination activities, events and materials.
  • Role strongly tied to the milestones of the institutional Severo Ochoa Programme, with a focus on generating and disseminating contents through different institutional platforms.
  • Participate in outreach activities.

How to apply:

All applications must be through the ICN2 website and include:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. A full CV including contact details.
  3. 2 Reference letters or referee contacts.

Deadline for applications: Review and Interviews of candidates will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Competitive Funding Officer (ICN2)

Description of Group/Project:

The Competitive Funding Department is devoted to support the researchers in managing competitive funds for research in compliance with the terms, conditions and requirements of the funding agencies throughout all the life of each funded project and in an individual way. This includes to provide comprehensive support in the preparation and submission of proposals and in grant acceptance, to fulfil administrative and reporting requirements of the funding agencies for active grants and to manage their budgets.

Main Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Administrative support to the Principal Investigator during the submission of new grants & fellowships proposals.
  • Follow up of grants & fellowships calls and resolutions published at the official webpages and official communications.
  • Follow up of new grants acceptance steps.
  • Financial control (elegibility and availability) of expenses (personnel, consumables, equipments and other direct costs) charged to each project/grant and all administrative follow-up of the project (changes in the duration, changes in budgets, etc.).
  • Control and elaboration of financial reportings and control and revision of scientific reportings. Archive of supporting documents related to the grants.
  • Meet the requirements of internal or external audits.

How to apply:

All applications must be made via the ICN2 website and include the following:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. A full CV including contact details.
  3. 2 Reference letters or referee contacts.

Deadline for applications: Review and Interviews of candidates will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The ALBA Synchrotron and the Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano” (CSIC) are looking for a PhD candidate

for the joint research project "A real space study of functional oxide growth on metal substrates"

Transition metal (TM) oxides are a family of materials with a wide range of physical properties and rich phase diagrams. The ability to grow high quality oxide thin films and heterostructures combined with the versatility of oxide properties opens the path to a large number of applications in oxide electronics such as field effect transistors (FETs) or spintronics. Oxides are also widely used as catalysts or catalyst constituents. Controlling the growth of oxides, especially of low dimensionality, is both a challenge and a promising path to the discovery of new physical phenomena and their application in novel technologies. The present PhD project addresses the in-situ growth of low dimensional TM oxide structures on metal substrates, and their characterization with special emphasis on surface and interface effects. For this end we will exploit the unique capabilities of Low Energy Electron Microscopy (LEEM) for in-situ observation of reactive molecular beam epitaxy, and the possibility of performing surface structural, chemical and magnetic characterization at the nanoscale in the same instrument by X-Ray PhotoEmission Electron Microscopy (XPEEM). The project is a collaboration of the ALBA Synchrotron and the Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano” (IQFR), leading Spanish groups in LEEM/XPEEM. It will combine the use of the LEEM/XPEEM station of the CIRCE beamline at the ALBA Synchrotron (Barcelona) with complementary measurements and data analysis at the IQFR laboratory (Madrid) using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Low Energy Electron Diffraction, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, and Mössbauer spectroscopy.

The project will take place at the ALBA Synchrotron in Barcelona and the Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano” in Madrid. The Alba Synchrotron ( is the largest Spanish scientific facility, with a lively international scientific working environment. The IQFR institute ( is part of a cluster of research institutes at the CSIC campus of Serrano close to the city center. The recipient will share his/her time between both sites. Candidates should have a degree in Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline and be in a position to join a PhD program in Spain. We are looking for highly motivated individuals with an interest in materials and surface science. Experience with synchrotron studies, vacuum equipment, and programming skills are an advantage. Curiosity and motivation for groundbreaking science is assumed. The appointment will be for a maximum of four years.

Interested candidates should send their CV and application letter to Dr. Juan de la Figuera (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr. Lucía Aballe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Further information:

Industrial PhD position at Haldor Topsøe A/S


Topsøe A/S offers a PhD-project in a strong, innovative collaboration between Haldor Topsøe A/S, Utrecht University and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (INANO) at Aarhus University (Denmark). The project is called “Rational design of vanadia based catalysts for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx using emerging advanced X-ray spectroscopy techniques”.

PhD project content 

This project makes use of emerging X-ray spectroscopy techniques to study the fundamentals behind the high performance of vanadiabased SCR catalysts. Haldor Topsøe A/S has far-reaching knowledge of the underlying principles of catalysis. This is complemented by the extensive knowledge and experience in advance x-ray spectroscopy by Frank de Groot (world leading expert in X-ray spectroscopy with more than 240 papers, 12.000 citations and H index above 50) at Utrecht University and well defined model systems at Aarhus University with Jeppe V. Lauritsen. The project is carried out approximately 50% of the time at Utrecht University and 50% at Haldor Topsøe with short stays at INANO. The PhD degree will be awarded from Utrecht University. This is a 4 year project.

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