training and career

Fig. 1. A sequence of ultrabroad-band chirped multilayer dielectric mirrors compress pulses of visible laser light for the first time to a duration below 4 femtoseconds.

The research projects pursued at the cutting edge of photonics and laser science in the MPQ-KSU-LMU Collaboration offer outstanding training opportunities for top talent from KSU and other universities of Saudi Arabia and abroad. Young researchers from KSU and other universities of Saudi Arabia and abroad meeting the quality requirements of MPQ/LMU may join the collaboration as a Postdoc or acquire their PhD degree in physics in the framework of the International Max-Planck-Research-School for Advanced Photon Science (IMPRS-APS)link to external webpage established at the MPQ in collaboration with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t M√ľnchen (LMU) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

The MPQ-KSU-LMU Collaboration offers a career development programme to top-performing young scientists potentially interested in joining the faculty of KSU and building world-class research activities at KSU. Cornerstones of this programme will be a two-year postdoc fellowship following graduation and the prospect of subsequent application for an assistant professorship at KSU. The fellowship will allow the young researchers selected for this programme to deepen and broaden their knowledge and skills (both scientific and soft skills) during a postdoc stay at either MPQ/LMU or another leading research institution. Following a successful postdoc research period they will be invited to apply for a faculty position at KSU. This career path will also be open to top-rated graduates of other schools joining the collaboration as a postdoc.

Fig. 2. Simulation of an attosecond streaking camera image. It shows the waveform of a femtosecond laser puls.

Successful candidates will be furnished with generous funding for building a research group and a world-class research programme at KSU. Moreover, they will receive strong, continued support from the collaboration for their efforts to create a competitive research infrastructure & programme. The newly-appointed member of the KSU faculty will remain with her/his group integrated in the collaboration as a distinguished collaboration partner. This is particularly important in the initial phase of his/her activity, whilst the relevant experimental infrastructure is nascent.