The Academy of Sciences of the Czech rebublic - ASCR

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Computational Ultrafast Spectroscopy

The TOPTEC research center, IPP is one of the application centers of Czech Academy of Sciences. Besides its activities in the field of hyperspectral imaging and laser spectroscopy, the core of the center’s work lies in construction of special optics and optical systems, including ESA space projects, development of interferometric optical metrology, and thin-film deposition. The center is based in Turnov, a town with easy access to Prague (Czech Republic) and Dresden (Germany), located in the beautiful landscape of the Bohemian Paradise.


Job profile: The junior research group of Computational Spectroscopy at the TOPTEC Center, led by the group leader Karel Žídek, focuses on the implementation of novel computational methods, such as compressed sensing, to revisit the standard methods of laser spectroscopy. The activities include the fields of microscopy, pump-probe spectroscopy or photoluminescence decay measurements. [arXiv (2019) 1901.04717; Opt. Express 27 (2019) 4562; Sci. Rep. 7 (2017) 15309]


We are currently building a unique experimental setup devoted to time-resolved ultrafast spectroscopy utilizing randomly modulated femtosecond pulses. We envision this concept as an opportunity to measure extremely rapid processes by using broadband laser sources which cannot be used otherwise – for instance due to their instability, unsatisfactory pulse compression or pulse broadening in a sample. We are searching for colleagues who will contribute to the development of the experimental setup with the particular emphasis on random pulse shaping, characterization of random pulses via FROG and related methods, signal processing, and software control of the experiment.


Requirements: You have a PhD in physics or a related field and previous experience in ultrafast laser or laser spectroscopy. Experience with software control of experiments and with compressed sensing or signal processing in general will be considered an asset. Good English communication ability is required. Offer: The position is available for an immediate start and it is initially limited to two years with the possibility of extension. The salary follows the Czech IPP salary scheme for scientists in public research institutions. Application guidelines: If you are interested. contact Karel Žídek with your CV and motivation letter. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Contact person:
Dr. Karel Žídek
Mobile : +420 776 274 253
Regional Centre for Special Optics and Optoelectronic Systems Institute of Plasma Physics Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic