PhD position at CINaM/Aix-Marseille Université

PhD position at CINaM/Aix-Marseille Université on Theory of High-Harmonic Generation

A PhD position is available in the Theory and Numerical Simulations group at CINaM, Marseille, France (see: under the supervision of Claudio Attaccalite , Aurélien Manchon and Fabienne Michelini (IM2NP).

The expected start date from October/November 2023 or later.

The PhD project will deal with the study of the possibility of generating high harmonics in solid state materials such as GeTe and Wte, produced at CINaM, with the aim, and this is the originality of the proposal, of controlling this HHG using ferroelectric polarisation. Beyond these materials the general idea of this project is to explore the impact interfacial states, ferroelectric polarization, spin-orbit coupling and Berry curvature on high-harmonic generation.

The core of the PhD project is to develop theoretical studies to understand HHG in such systems and makes it tunable for technological purposes or a new kind of characterization techniques of condensed matter systems. Methodology will rely on real-time approach [1] and Floquet theory [2,3].

This PhD position is funded by the Aix-Marseille Foundation ( and is part of a collaborative project with experimental colleagues from the CINaM and LIDYL ( laboratories.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a Master’s degree in physics (or related disciplines) and a strong background in condensed matter physics or materials science.

Good written and spoken English is essential for communication with our external collaborators. Basic knowledge of Linux is appreciated.

If you enjoy running simulations, programming and developing theory, this could be a good position for you.

Interested candidates should send a letter of motivation, a CV, an official Master’s transcript and the contact details of one or two referees to Claudio Attaccalite (

Applications will be considered immediately.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

[1] Nonlinear optics from an ab initio approach by means of the dynamical Berry phase, C. Attaccalite and M. Grüning Phys. Rev. B 88, 235113 (2013)

[2] Floquet formulation of the dynamical Berry-phase approach to nonlinear optics in extended systems, I. M Alliati, and M. Grüning, Electron. Struct. 5 017001 (2023)

[3] Spin-orbit coupling induced ultrahigh-harmonic generation from magnetic dynamics, O. Ly and A. Manchon, Phys. Rev. B 105, L180415 (2022)

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