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PhD studentship in Strong-Field and Attosecond Science

UCL Physics and Astronomy

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 12th Nov 2021
  • Funding amount: Funding Available
  • Funding for: EU Students, International Students, UK Students
  • REF: 1880693
  • Closes: 15th March 2022
  • Hours: Full Time

Vacancy Information

A 3.5 year PhD position is available from October 1st, 2022 to work under the supervision of Prof. Agapi Emmanouilidou.

Studentship Description

A Ph.D position for 3.5 years is available in the research area of Theoretical Strong-Field and Attosecond Science at University College London, in the group of Prof. Agapi Emmanouilidou. The goal of this project is to investigate ultrafast phenomena that take place during the nonlinear response of multicentre molecules when driven by intense laser fields.

Such processes are the formation of highly excited Rydberg states as well as correlated electron dynamics during multi-electron ionization. We aim to explore the above processes when three or four electrons ionize and fully accounting for the magnetic field component of the laser field. Hence, these studies will reach beyond the current state-of-the-art in Attoscience.

This project will involve the theoretical formulation and computational implementation of state-of-the-art semi-classical techniques. Moreover, it will be performed in collaboration with world-leading experimental groups in Attoscience as well as with world leading theorists. More information regarding the work that is performed in the group of Prof. A. Emmanouilidou can be found on her webpage at https://lnkd.in/dP8xcge8

Person Specification

The successful applicant should expect to achieve a 1 degree in Physics.

Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication.


Please refer to the following website for eligibility criteria: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/physics-astronomy/study/phd

The start date is October 1st, 2022. The studentship will cover all university fees and includes funds for maintenance at the standard UK rate and for participation in international conferences and workshops.

Please refer to the following website for eligibility criteria: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/research-services/research-studentships/eu-and-overseas-students

Application procedure:

Please send a CV and transcript, in the first instance, and address all your inquiries to Prof. Agapi Emmanouilidou a.emmanouilidou@ucl.ac.uk

Please submit applications in the following format:

  • A CV, including full details of all University course grades to date.
  • Contact details for two academic or professional referees (at least one academic).
  • A personal statement (750 words maximum) outlining (i) your suitability for the project with reference to the criteria in the person specification, (ii) what you hope to achieve from the PhD and (iii) your research experience to-date.

Please include a contact telephone number and an email address where you can be easily reached. References will be taken up for all short-listed candidates.

Please send electronic applications to https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Agapi Emmanouilidou

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Closing Date

15 Mar 2022

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