PhD Ultrafast electron-molecular dynamics coupling in photoexcited silica glass

PhD - Ultrafast electron-molecular dynamics coupling in photoexcited silica glass

Start: 1st October 2022

Contact: Dr Elena Silaeva  elena.silaeva @ 

Title: Ultrafast electron-molecular dynamics coupling in photoexcited silica glass

Keywords: molecular dynamics, electron dynamics, ab initio, ultrafast laser pulse, silica glass

General Overview:

The PhD project consists in theoretical modeling and computer simulations of a silica glass excited by an ultrafast laser pulse. Strong laser excitations can trigger ultrafast modifications of the amorphous lattice and glass physical properties at the nanoscale. The main goal will be to couple molecular dynamics with quantum ab initio methods, describing nonequilibrium electron dynamics, and Maxwell electromagnetic modeling in order to understand the exotic laser-induced phase transitions. The project outcome can then be used to push the limits of the ultrafast laser nano-structuring of silica glass, used in the state-of-the-art optical technologies such as highly integrated optoelectronics and long-term high-density data storage.

Working environment:

The PhD student will work in the Laboratoire Hubert Curien at the Jean Monnet University of Saint Etienne (France), under the supervision of Dr Elena Silaeva and Prof. Jean-Philippe Colombier.


The 3-year PhD funding includes salary of about 1400 €/month net with possible extra 200 €/month for teaching hours, health insurance and coverage of expenses for participation in conferences & workshops.


The successful candidate has a master’s degree in physics or related field. Good knowledge of quantum and condensed-matter physics, and strong software skills are highly desirable.

How to apply:

Interested applicants are invited to send their CV and a short cover letter to Dr Elena Silaeva  elena.silaeva @ 

Published on April 13, 2022