Forthcoming Events

11.07.2022 - 15.07.2022, Celeste Hotel, on UCF main campus, Orlando, Florida
05.09.2022 - 09.09.2022, Iseolago hotel, Iseo, Italy.


MUST2022 Conference- succesfully concluded
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Chergui and Richardson
FELs of Europe prize for Jeremy Rouxel- “Development or innovative use of advanced instrumentation in the field of FELs”
Ruth Signorell wins Doron prizefor pioneering contributions to the field of fundamental aerosol science
New FAST-Fellow Uwe Thumm at ETH- lectures on Topics in Femto- and Attosecond Science
International Day of Women and Girls in Science- SSPh asked female scientists about their experiences
New scientific highlight- by MUST PIs Milne, Standfuss and Schertler
EU XFEL Young Scientist Award for Camila Bacellar,beamline scientist and group leader of the Alvra endstation at SwissFEL
Prizes for Giulia Mancini and Rebeca Gomez CastilloICO/IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics & Ernst Haber 2021
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
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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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