ICN2 PhD Fellowships Programme

Programme description:

The ICN2 offers competitive fellowships to talented students who wish to develop a research career at one of the top European institutions in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Selected students will have the opportunity to develop their PhD thesis in a topic at the cutting-edge of nanoresearch in a stimulating environment with access to an outstanding research infrastructure.

Fellows will benefit from the ICN2 PhD Programme, which comprises a structured training path with scientific seminars, and technical and transferable skills training throughout the duration of their PhD, plus periodical monitoring and evaluation activities. The objective is to provide fellows all the support they need for the proper development of their research career.

The ICN2 actively promotes international and interdisciplinary research. As such our PhD students are strongly encouraged to undertake mobility actions, such as research visits abroad (including industrial placements), collaborations with national and international partners, and conference and workshop attendance. These actions all strengthen the fellow’s career prospects after obtaining their PhD, improving the PhD student´s chances of continuing their research career at prominent institutions worldwide in academia and/or industry.


Research areas and groups:

Successful candidates will join one of the ICN2 research groups and carry out their research in one of the following scientific fields:

    • Growth and synthesis of nanomaterials
    • Nanofabrication
    • Characterisation and metrology
    • Theory and simulation
    • Health
    • Energy and environment
    • Information and communication technologies

During the application process, candidates will be asked to select the ICN2 research group(s) they would like to join. Please visit the profiles of our groups at


Candidates must fulfil the following requirements at the time of the call deadline:

  • Have obtained a Master or equivalent degree in a field of science related to the ICN2 research activities or group they would like to join by the date of incorporation.
  • Have an excellent academic record and strong commitment to scientific research. Previous research experience is highly regarded.
  • High Level of English.
  • Specific additional eligibility requirements may apply depending on the funding schemes available.

For any further clarification as to these requirements, applicants should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to submitting an application.


Research career profile (based on the European Framework for Research Careers):

First Stage Researcher (R1)


Summary of conditions:


  • Full-time working contract as a PhD researcher for 3 years. Contracts include medical care coverage by the Spanish public healthcare system and workplace accident insurance.
  • Salary according to the cost of living in Barcelona.
  • Relocation support.
  • Social benefits: life insurance, flexible timetable, flexible compensation package.
  • Training and monitoring programme: As a member of the institutional PhD Programme, the selected PhD students will have full access to the scientific, technical and transferable skills training and relevant monitoring activities organised each year.


How to apply:

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

  1. A cover letter.
  2. A full CV including contact details.
  3. 2 reference letters.
  4. Academic records (if the transcripts are not in English, Catalan or Spanish, applicants should also attach a translation in one of the mentioned languages).
  5. Applicants should select 3 groups in the application form in which they would like to work.

Once the application is submitted, an acknowledgement of reception is sent by e-mail to the applicant.

For additional information in the application procedure, please contact to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Selection process:

The selection of fellows will be based on the candidates’ academic qualifications and research excellence. The call calendar is as follows:

What Who When
Call opening - 28 July 2017
Deadline for applications - 1 October 2017
Candidate screening ICN2 Recruitment Committee October 2017
Interview stage ICN2 Recruitment Committee and Group Leader November-December 2017
Notification to candidates Human Resources January 2017
Start date for fellowships - February 2018


Equal opportunities:

The ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group

ICN2 is a renowned research centre. Its research lines focus on the newly discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behaviour of matter at the nanoscale.

The Institute promotes collaboration among scientists from diverse backgrounds (physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering) to develop basic and applied research, while seeking out new ways to interact with local and global industry.

It also offers researchers training in nanotechnology, develops numerous activities to promote and enable the uptake of nanotechnology by industry, and promotes networking among scientists, engineers, technicians, business people, society, and policy makers.

ICN2 was accredited in 2014 as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence and is a founding member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). The aim of the Severo Ochoa Program, sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, are to identify and support those Spanish research centres that demonstrate scientific leadership and impact at global level.




Research area or group: Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials


Description of Group/Project:

The Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group (NANOUP) is focused on controlling the supramolecular assembly of molecules, biomolecules and nanoscale building blocks at the nanometer scale for the design of novel functional architectures and devices.

The group is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to participate in the development of a European project related to the Multifunctional micro- and nanostructures assembled from nanoscale metal-organic frameworks and inorganic nanoparticles.

Main Tasks and responsibilities:


-          Synthesis and study of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs).

-          Design and development of micro- and nanostructures assembled from MOF and other materials, such as inorganic nanoparticles (INPs).

-          Design, synthesize, characterize and study new multifunctional MOF-based adsorbents.

-          Participation in writing scientific reports and papers, attending project meetings and scientific conferences, and in outreach activities within the project.

-          Supervision of PhD students.


Education, Experience, Knowledge required:

 • Education

-          PhD Degree in Chemistry or Materials Science.

• Knowledge

-          Research experience in organic synthesis and/or MOF chemistry/synthesis.

-          Fluent in English


Research Career Profile (According to the European Framework for Research Careers):

 R2 Recognised Researcher / R3 Established Researcher

 Summary of conditions:


  • Full time work (37,5h/week)
  • Contract Length: 18 months
  • Salary will depend on qualifications and demonstrated experience.
  • Salary according to the cost of living in Barcelona.
  • Support to the relocation issues.
  • Life Insurance.

Estimated Incorporation date: 1st of October 2017

 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: 10 of September 2017

Equal opportunities:

ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.

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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