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Spain Scholarship

23.6.08 |

PhD positions in Optics and Photonics

The Institut of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) is a center based in
Castelldefels (Barcelona) / Spain, devoted to the research and
education of the optical and photonic sciences, at the highest
international level.

ICFO, in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
(UPC), is offering predoctoral fellowships to well-qualified graduate
students who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in any of the photonics-
related research fields. Ph.D. students at ICFO benefit from the
extensive course offerings of local universities and focused
instruction by ICFO professors. Research is carried out at ICFO.
The ICFO-UPC PhD Fellowship Program welcomes applications from
individuals with backgrounds in any scientific disciplines related to
optics and photonics. Persons with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply.


No restrictions of citizenship apply to the ICFO-UPC Fellowships.
Candidates must hold an internationally-recognized Bachelor or Master-
equivalent degree of a minimum of officially 4 years studying period.
The degree must be in a field of science and engineering related to
optics and photonics.
Suitable backgrounds include optics, physics, mathematics,
electronics and telecommunications engineering.

Conditions of fellowships

The fellowships are offered for periods of one year, renewable for a
total of four years.
The renovation of the fellowship is conditional on satisfactory
performance in research and teaching

Selection procedure

Selection of ICFO-UPC predoctoral fellows is based on merit and
potential, measured in terms of the academic record and personal
achievements. Proactivity, participation in community activities, and
capacity for team-work are also taken into account.
Please note the selection procedure employed at ICFO, detailed in the

1) Required documentation for application

To apply for a predoctoral position with ICFO, suitable candidates
are requested to submit:
The fulfilled application form (to be found at the end of the call)
A presentation letter with declaration of research interests,
A Curriculum Vitae, including a full address, a contact phone
number and e-mail address and a copy of the passport,
A scanned copy of your University academic transcripts in English
or Spanish,
A scanned copy of the degree, if available at the time of
The contact e-mail of three potential referees.
Applications should be submitted by e-mail to:
E-mail submissions must be coded in DOC, PS, or PDF formats and must
include the subject line "General PhD".

Applications can also be submitted by post to:

PhD Screening Committee
ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Mediterranean Technology Park
Av Canal Olímpic s/n
08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain

2) Evaluation procedure

The deadline for submission of applications for the present call is:
30th of June, 2008.
Applicants will be notified the results of the first evaluation stage
not later than the 04th of August, 2008.
If an applicant has been selected for the second evaluation stage,
the interested group leaders of ICFO will contact personally with
that candidate in order to determine research interests or
suitability of the candidate for the interested research group. This
second evaluation period will be finished not later than the 08th of
September, 2008.
All candidates will be notified of the decision in their case. In
case of positive evaluation, the candidate will receive an official
offer from the ICFO. The selected candidate will have until the 30th
of September, 2008 to confirm his or her decision.
Please note that candidates should be willing to be contacted by
phone during the entire selection process.

3) After acceptance by ICFO

Staff of the Human Resources and Education Unit of ICFO assists ICFO-
PhD-students with the following
· Immigration formalities (Visa application process, etc.)
· Information about how to legalize your previous studies (e.g. BSc,
MSc, etc.)
· Selection of the most suitable doctorate programme
· Collection of the necessary documentation to be submitted at the
· Registration to the doctorate programme
· Further administrative accomplishments necessary for your arrival

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