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8 PhD positions available within the ICFOstepstone fellowship program (H2020 MSCA-COFUND action at I

ICFO is offering 8 PhD positions to well-qualified graduate students, who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in any of the research fields covered at ICFO.

The positions are offered in the scope of the ICFOstepstone Program, a MSCA-COFUND action of the European Commission, awarding INCOMING Fellowships to outstanding graduate students. The program will bring together top-level training and teaching for young scientists in a stimulating, international and interdisciplinary environment. It will offer the possibility of mobility within a network of excellence, consisting in partners of national and international research institutes and universities, as well as industrial partners in the field.

PhD students at ICFO benefit from the extensive course offerings of local universities and focused instruction by ICFO professors. Research is carried out at ICFO.

Fellowships will be offered across all ICFO research groups in the following research areas:

Biophysics & Biomedical Optics
Optical Sensing, Optoelectronics & Photovoltaics
Nonlinear Optics, Ultrafast Optics & Atto-Physics
Nanophotonics, Optomechanics & Nanomechanics
Experimental Quantum Optics & Quantum Information
Theoretical Nanophotonics, Quantum Optics & Quantum Information

For information about our research groups and teams, please see

Note that in addition to the ICFOstepstone COFUND positions, additional internal ICFO PhD group positions might become available, for which we may retain candidates applying to this present opening.

Further information about our PhD- and Fellowship program is available at

Job Requirements

To be eligible for an ICFO PhD position, candidates must:
- Have an internationally-recognized Master-equivalent degree. The degree must be in a field of science and engineering related to the ICFO research activities. Degrees issued within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) must have an equivalent to 300 ECTS, out of which a minimum of 60 ECTS must have been obtained in postgraduate studies. Please, if in doubt regarding your academic eligibility, contact us at
- Have an excellent academic record, previous research experience and a strong commitment for scientific research.
- Have a high working knowledge of English.

Additionally, candidates for the ICFOstepstone positions must comply with the following EU-rules by the time of activation of the COFUND-PhD:
- Candidates should not have resided in Spain for more than 12 of the last 36 months.
- The Master-equivalent degree should not be older than 4 years. Exceptions are made for documented periods of parental leave. Other equivalent exceptions may be considered when properly documented and motivated by the applicant, e.g, in case of applicants from underdeveloped countries, minorities, or for applicants that pursued their studies under comparatively unfavourable conditions.

No restrictions of citizenship apply to the ICFO International PhD Fellowship Program. Female graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.

For further details on the conditions and how to apply, please see
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Contact Information
Manuela Furkert
Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 3 ICFO
Castelldefels (Barcelona) 08860
Telephone: +34935534101
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PhD Student
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Master’s Degree
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