Forthcoming Events

07.06.2022 - 10.06.2022, Grindelwald, Switzerland
27.06.2022 - 29.06.2022, University College London, UK
11.07.2022 - 15.07.2022, Celeste Hotel, on UCF main campus, Orlando, Florida


Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to RESOLV Member Benjamin List- for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis
NCCR MUST at Scientifica 2021- Lightning, organic solar cells, and virtual molecules
#NCCRWomen- NCCR MUST celebrates 50 years women’s right to vote in Switzerland
Kick-Off dynaMENT Mentoring for Women in Natural Sciences- with Ursula Keller as plenary speaker
Four new scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Chergui / Milne / Beaud / Staub, by Wolf / Röthlisberger, by Wörner, and Keller
Photon Science Roadmap- for Research Infrastructures 2025-2028 by the Swiss Photon Community
Proof of concept ERC Grant for Ursula Keller Dual-comb laser driven terahertz spectrometer for industrial sensing (DC-THz)
Majed Chergui - elected to the European Academy of Sciences
Ruth Signorell - elected to the European Academy of Sciences
Farewell and Welcome!Chris Milne leaves for the European XFEL, Camila Bacellar takes over
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The aim of this project is to analyze the relaxation dynamics of biological molecules such as DNA bases and nucleotides in water using ultrafast X-ray transient absorption spectroscopy (TR-XAS)1, after excitation by femtosecond UV pulses. Nucleotides will be investigated in their natural aqueous environment using a sub-micrometer flat jet. The results of these studies will contribute to solve open questions about DNA photo-damage processes and their consequences like mutation and cancer development. Another originality of the project is to apply coherent control strategies to the excited states dynamics, in order to steer the molecules in a desired relaxation pathway, and this followed by TR-XAS. The close loop adaptive control will thus use as fitness function a specific signature of the process (charge transfer, fragmentation, dark state population) in the XAS spectrum. This disruptive experiment would open an access to atom and site specific control of molecular dynamics in excited states.

PhD position at the University of Geneva

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This ambitious and fascinating project requires a broad intellectual curiosity, a solid background in physics and/or chemical physics, as well as experimental skills. Experience in lasers and spectroscopy will be preferred, but is not mandatory.

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The gross salary is approximately 52'853 CHF (~49'000 € at the rate of Oct 2021). Social charges and taxes amount approximately to 23%.
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