The IMPRS UFAST offers advanced training opportunities

In 2021 the IMPRS UFAST brings PhD students from 18 different nations together

Impressive CFEL hall

IMPRS UFAST fellows present their exciting research results

IMPRS fellows

Port of Hamburg and the Landungsbrücken in St. Pauli quarter

CFEL building

The International Max Planck Research School for Ultrafast Imaging & Structural Dynamics is a joint venture of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, the Universität Hamburg, the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), and the European XFEL GmbH.

Our international PhD program offers exciting training opportunities in the areas of ultra-intense electron and X-ray sources for directly observing atomic motions during primary events, and ultrafast imaging over the relevant length and time scales to come to new levels of understanding of the interplay between structure and dynamics.

Building on the unique infrastructures in the area of 4th generation light sources and international expertise available in the Hamburg area, the research school is dedicated to train talented young scientists from around the world in this quickly developing field. Besides their own research, IMPRS fellows benefit from scientific workshops and transferable skills training opportunities.

The IMPRS, which was founded in 2011, is currently home to more than 50 PhD students from 19 countries who bring backgrounds in physics, chemistry and biology. Supervision and guidance is provided by over 30 PIs who are renowned experts in their fields.

Our competitive PhD program will provide you with an excellent starting platform for a successful career in science.

Specific research areas include:

  • theoretical and experimental aspects of condensed matter and atomically resolved dynamics
  • fundamental light-matter interaction
  • accelerator-based light sources
  • coherent imaging coherent controlled molecular and solid state dynamics
  • molecule imaging
  • extreme timescale spectroscopy
  • ultrafast optics and X-ray science
  • relevance and applications in chemistry, biology and medicine
Learn more about upcoming and past courses of the IMPRS curriculum.
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