PhD position at the «Université catholique de Louvain» in molecular physics

Spectroscopy and reactivity of ionic complexes.

PhD position at the « Université catholique de Louvain » in molecular physics.The candidate will work within the NAPS unit (Nanoscopic Physics) of the Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences. This unit is specialized amongst other things in atomic, molecular and optical physics.
Brief description of the project:
 The final goal of the project is to study inelastic collisions in the gas phase between ionic complexes and a molecule.
Different chemical reactions will be studied as a function of the energy of the collision and the size of the complex. In order to achieve this goal, different steps will be necessary, as the construction of a pulsed supersonic expansion combined to an electrical discharge to produce ionic clusters, and the construction of a mass spectrometer in order to measure photodissociation spectra of the considered complex. The set-up measuring collisional cross-sections is already available.
 This project will lead to some astrophysical applications through spectroscopy of molecular ions and ionic complexes. This work will be carried out in collaboration with the institute of Physics of the University of Rennes (“Université Rennes 1”) and part of this thesis will probably take place in Rennes.
Candidate profile:
The candidate must hold a master degree in chemistry or physics, he/she needs to be able to work within a team and have a strong interest in theoretical and experimental chemical-physics. The project requires a candidate interested by experimental developments and being confortable with data treatment (Matlab, python, R). 
Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The starting date will be at the latest on september first 2016.
 Applications should include a cover/motivation letter, resume (CV), Bachelor and master’s degree transcript as well as the name of 2 or 3 reference persons.
This application should be sent by email to  Clément Lauzin, clement.lauzin [at]  and Xavier Urbain, xavier.urbain [at]