New Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network: “ASPIRE”, Advance Announcement
We are pleased to announce that the “ASPIRE” ITN-ETN will commence in March 2016 and will be recruiting 12 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs = graduate students).
Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Networks provide a unique experience for young researchers who benefit from secondments and travel opportunities as well as network based training and research.  Each ESR will be registered for a PhD. Successful candidates will receive an attractive salary package, including generous mobility and family allowances, in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers.
“ASPIRE” stands for “Angular Studies of Photoelectron in Innovative Research Environments”.  The ASPIRE network will focus on the measurement of Molecular Frame Photoelectron Angular Distributions (MF-PADs), which can be interpreted as electron diffraction patterns achieved by “illuminating the molecule from within”, and enable the electronic structure and dynamics of molecules, including chiral systems, to be interrogated. Progress in this area is highly technologically driven, requiring ever more sophisticated light sources and faster detectors. The input of private sector beneficiaries and partner organizations is therefore critical to the scientific objectives, as well as to the enhanced training environment provided by the network.
The following groups and projects form the core of the ASPIRE network, alongside partner organizations in the academic and private sectors.  For more information on ASPIRE contact the Coordinator* or one of the group leaders listed below.

University of Nottingham

•       “Characterizing photoionization dynamics in moderately sized polyatomic molecules”, Katharine Reid*,[email protected]

•       “Photoelectron Circular Dichroism in the recoil frame of small chiral species”, Ivan Powis,[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>


•       “Software development for microchannel detector read-out and multi-hit reconstruction”, Ottmar Jagutzki,[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

Goethe University Frankfurt

•       “Three-dimensional molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions from chiral molecules using circularly polarized light”, Reinhard Doerner,[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>


•       “Development of a 3D detector for imaging experiments in a full spectrometer system”, Orla Kelly,[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

Universite Paris-Sud

•       “Probing ultrafast electronic and nuclear dynamics in molecules by spectrally & time resolved molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions”, Danielle Dowek,[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

Synchrotron SOLEIL

•       “Photoelectron Circular Dichroism on large biological systems and nanoparticles”, Laurent Nahon,[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

Aarhus University

•       “Molecular structure determination using molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions from strong field ionization”, Henrik Stapelfeldt,[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

•       “PADs from aligned molecules embedded in helium nanodroplets”, Henrik Stapelfeldt,[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

CNR-IFN and Politecnico di Milano

•       “Ultrafast Dynamic Imaging of Complex Molecules by Laser Induced Electron Diffraction”, Caterina Vozzi,[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

Max Born Institute, Berlin

•       “Attosecond science using high repetition rate lasers”, Marc Vrakking,[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

•       “Molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions from aligned molecules”, Marc Vrakking,[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>