Up to 9 PhD-positions available within the FLIGHT fellowship program (MSCA-COFUND action)


ICFO offers PhD-fellowship positions to well-qualified graduate students, who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in any of the research topics covered at ICFO.

The positions are offered in the scope of the FLIGHT Program, a MCSA-COFUND doctoral program explicitly focused on intersectoral research training in collaboration with Industrial or Clinical Partners.

Our PhD Fellowship Program welcomes applications from individuals with a degree in a field of mathematics, science, engineering or medical sciences related to the ICFO research activities.

Our PhD-program brings together top-level training and teaching for young scientists, benefiting from the extensive course offerings of local universities and focused instruction by ICFO professors, in a stimulating, international and interdisciplinary environment. PhD-students have the opportunity to take advantage of our network of excellence, consisting in partners of national and international research institutes and universities, as well as industrial partners in the field.

Recruited Fellows will have a choice of 3 PhD tracks:
- Clinical to develop a project in collaboration with one of Clinical Partners
- Industrial to develop a project in collaboration with one of Industrial Partners
- Enhanced to develop a project with one of ICFO’s Research Groups

Fellows in the Industrial and Clinical tracks will be embedded in both organisations, undertak-ing secondments of 6-18 months at the Partner during their Fellowship.

Research projects in the Clinical and Industrial tracks on offer in this call are the following:

Clinical track:
- CT005: “Transcranial, cot-side neuromonitoring for personalizing pediatric management” Prof. Dr. Turgut Durduran at ICFO and Dr. Marta Camprubi, Dr. Joan Sanchez and Dr. Carme Fons at Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu.
- CT006: “Quantitative evaluation of endothelial and microvascular function at the critical care: new technologies shedding light to critical diseases” Prof. Dr. Turgut Durduran at ICFO and Dr. Jaume Mesquida at Institut d'Investigació i Innovació Parc Taulí.

Industrial track:
- IT006: “Evolving QRNGs: higher rates from weaker assumptions”. Prof. Dr. Antonio Acín at ICFO and Dr. Gabriel Senno at Quside.
- IT008: “How do crops avoid photodamage under the sun?”. Prof. Dr. Nicoletta Liguori ar ICFO and Dr. Marta da Silva at IRTA.
- IT009: “FPGA-based hardware acceleration for Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) and Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) emulation”. Prof. Dr. Valerio Pruneri at ICFO and Dr. Pau Gomez Kabelka at LuxQuanta.
- IT010: “Development of Applications and Devices Based on Photonic Integrated Circuits”. Prof. Dr. Valerio Pruneri at ICFO and Dr. Norbert Kerwien at ZEISS.
- IT011: “Novel concepts towards reliable and scalable CO2R systems ("ONTARIO")”. Prof. Dr. F. Pelayo García de Arquer at ICFO and Dr. Christine Gabardo at CERT Systems.

Please, browse our website for details about the research projects on offer in the Industrial and Clinical tracks (https://www.icfo.eu/studies/phd-program/phd-fellowship-programs/flight/).

Enhanced track:
Up to 2 fellowships are available to work with one of ICFO’s 26 Research Groups (https://www.icfo.eu/research/groups/). Note that the Selection Committee may recommend the allocation of additional fellowships in case there are additional outstanding candidates.

Research lines in the Enhanced track will be offered across all ICFO research groups. Research lines include, but are not limited to theoretical and experimental aspects of:
- Atto-Science, Ultrafast Optics & Nonlinear Optics
- Photovoltaics, Thermal Photonics & Solar Fuels
- Optical Sensing & Optoelectronics
- NanoPhotonics & NanoMechanics
- Ultracold Quantum Gases
- Quantum and Low-Dimensional Materials
- Quantum Communications, Sensing & Simulation
- Quantum Optics & Quantum Information
- Nanophotonics, Condensed Matter Physics & Light-Matter Interactions
- Medical Optics
- Biophysics, Biophotonics & Super-Resolution Imaging

Please, browse our website for details about ICFO Research Groups and Group Leaders at https://www.icfo.eu/research/groups/. If you are interested in discussing possible research topics, please contact ICFO Group Leaders directly.


We look forward to receiving your applications. For applications and further information about eligibility requirements, conditions and selection process please visit:


Deadline for applications: September 26, 2024.

For complete information visit the FLIGHT fellowship program website (https://www.icfo.eu/studies/phd-program/phd-fellowship-programs/flight/).

FLIGHT has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101081441.