Postdoctoral position (Quantum dynamics and electrodynamics)

The Faculty of Physics of ITMO University invites a postdoc to join the team and work in the area of Quantum dynamics and electrodynamics.

Within this position, the postdoc will develop theoretical models in quantum electrodynamics with non-Gaussian particle packets («twisted» particles with an orbital angular momentum, Airy beams, etc.) and electrodynamics of continuous media; derive formulas, numerically model the interaction of non-Gaussian particle beams with matter and electromagnetic fields in a software package (e.g., Mathematica), theoretically investigate the radiation resulting from such an interaction, write scientific papers and present at international conferences.

The Faculty of Physics of ITMO University is a creative synergy of professors, ambitious researchers and students. Our team began as a small laboratory and has grown into a large scientific and educational center in 10 years of collaborative work. Today, we work in advanced research areas and implement relevant educational programs.


  • Attracting financing (submitting for grants, search for commercial partners) individually and together with colleagues;
  • Publishing scientific papers;
  • Contribution to education (academic activities), supervising students;
  • Planning and organizing projects;
  • Talks at conferences and seminars;
  • Willingness to lead a grant team would be an advantage.


  • A PhD degree (or a Russian degree: Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences); 
  • Working experience in theoretical physics: classical electrodynamics and/or electrodynamics of continuous media, and (desirable) quantum electrodynamics and particle physics;
  • Software packages skills: for instance, MATLAB / Comsol/ CST; programming skills in Python or another program are not necessary, but they would be an advantage;
  • Experience of supervising students and/or PhD students; 
  • Experience of presenting at conferences;
  • Knowledge of English: B2 (Upper-Intermediate) or a higher level; 
  • Information analysis skills and decision-making skills, pursuit of excellence; 
  • Being proactive and result-oriented;  
  • Papers published in high-rated journals (IF > 3), including papers as a first author (1-2 per year) or as a corresponding author; 
  • Experience in submitting grant applications and leading grants;
  • Working experience abroad is desirable. 


  • Friendly young team;
  • Interaction with acclaimed experts in subject areas;
  • Constant development and growth, and opportunities to move forward;
  • Possibility to propose new ideas and be heard;
  • Corporate English classes for the employees;
  • Work in the historic center of St. Petersburg;
  • Annual paid leave;
  • Social package: official employment, holidays in the corporate country recreation center, activities and events for employees and their children, etc.

A job application should include: 

  • a cover letter with a description of your research experience and current research interests;
  • CV;
  • list of publications;
  • a letter of recommendation from a research team leader (from the organization where the PhD defense took place, from the previous employer or from professors/researchers of an outside organization). 
Salary based on interview results and starts from 100 000 rub.

Russia, Saint Petersburg, Lomonosova, 9