PhD Studentship for Attosecond and Strong Field Science

University College London

United Kingdom


Vacancy Information

A 3.5 year PhD position is available starting as soon as possible and not later than 1 October 2019 to work under the supervision of Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou.

To be eligible for the full award, applicants must normally be UK/EU nationals.

Studentship Description

A Ph.D position is available in the research area of Strong-Field and Attosecond Science, in the group of Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou in the division of AMOPP in Physics and Astronomy at University College London. The student will have the opportunity to work in a lively and highly motivated environment and closely interact with other students and postdocs in the group. Moreover, he/she will have the opportunity to interact with world leading experimental groups since aspects of this theoretical project will be performed in close collaboration and interactions with these groups. The project is a theoretical one that aims to investigate exciting phenomena that take place during the nonlinear response of multicenter molecules when driven by intense laser fields. Such processes are the formation of highly excited Rydberg states as well as multi-electron ionization. The student will have the opportunity to learn in detail the theoretical aspects of laser matter interactions, to acquire computational skills and use state-of-the-art computational models to perform the above studies. Very importantly, the student will use the above mentioned tools to build analytical models to unravel the physical mechanisms of fundamental processes in the field of laser-matter interactions. The goals of the project are to explore schemes to control electron-electron correlation in the formation of Rydberg states and in multi-electron ionization. Furthermore, unlike most theoretical studies that adapt the dipole approximation, in these studies the magnetic field aspect of the laser field will be fully accounted for. Very recently, we have identified exciting and surprising effects of the magnetic field in strongly-driven atoms. This project aims to also unravel new magnetic field effects in strongly-driven molecular systems as well as to identify new mechanisms that underlie the interplay of the Coulomb and laser field in strongly-driven molecular systems. The Ph.D position is available for 3.5 years to UK/EU nationals and is available to start as soon as possible and the latest by October 2019. Please address all your inquiries to Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou by e-mail at

Person Specification

The successful applicant should expect to achieve a 1 degree in Physics.
Candidate should have strong analytical skills and very good computational skills.
Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication in English. 


The Ph.D student can start as soon as possible and not later than 1 October 2019. 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.
If you are interested in this position please contact Dr Agapi Emmanouilidou, at or  by phone at 020-7679-7105
Please submit applications to Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou by e-mail 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.

Contact Name                                                          Agapi Emmanouilidou
Contact Details                                               
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Closing Date                                                             31 May 2019
Latest Time for the Submission of Applications        23:59
Interview Date                                                           TBC

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