PhD positions in Optics and Photonics

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The Institute 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 activities.

    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 following.

    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 application,
  • The contact e-mail of three potential referees.

    Applications should be submitted by e-mail to: icfojobs [at]

    E-mail submissions must be coded in DOC, PS, or PDF formats and must include the subject line "General PhD"

    ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
    Mediterranean Technology Park
    Av. Del Canal Olímpic, s/n
    08860 – Castelldefels (Barcelona) – SPAIN

    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

    Please, beware that ICFO established three periods of applications for pre-doctoral studies positions per year.

    Applicants will be notified of the results of the first evaluation stage at ICFO

    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.

    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 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 procedures:

  • 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 University
  • Registration to the doctorate programme
  • Further administrative accomplishments necessary for your arrival to ICFO
    For further information, please visit; PhD positions in Optics and Photonics
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