Permanent Researcher in the field of ultra-high intensity laser-matter interaction at LIDYL Laboratory, CEA Paris Saclay

Job description

Within, and in connection with the other scientists of the Physics at High Intensity (PHI) group of LIDYL, the incumbent will carry out an original high-level experimental scientific activity, exploiting the characteristics of the LIDYL’s UHI100 platform, without excluding the use of other external experimental platforms, and in particular PW-class research infrastructures in France or abroad. This experimental activity will benefit from the strong support of numerical simulation experts from the PHI group for the predictive part of the experimental results and/or their interpretation. The recruited scientist will actively build research projects in response to national and European calls for funding applications in order to ensure the sustainable funding of their scientific activity, as well as contributing to maintaining at the best level and/or the future evolutions of the UHI100 facility. In this perspective, they will be able to develop links with the related national and international scientific communities and with the various industrial leaders in the field. The incumbent will also actively participate in the scientific life of the group, the training of young scientists (trainees, doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers). He/she will place their work within the framework of the CEA missions.

More specifically, the incumbent will:
- Develop an original, high-level experimental activity in the field of ultra-high intensity laser-matter interaction, which exploits not only the specific characteristics of the in-house UHI100 laser facility but also those of other state-of-the-art laser facilities (Apollon, ELI-ERIC, CoReLS,…).
- Respond to national and international calls for applications in order to ensure the sustainable funding of their scientific activity.
- Develop national and international collaborations.
- Work within the framework of CEA's missions and in cooperation with other research organizations.
- Actively participate in the scientific life of the group and in the supervision and training activities of students and non-permanent researchers.

Required qualifications:
The incumbent must:
- demonstrate good research experience in ultra-high intensity laser-matter interaction research achieved on one or several multi-TW-class or higher peak power laser facilities.
- hold a PhD in the field of laser-matter interaction physics.
- be a motivated, passionate, responsive experimental physicist.
- have an appetite for teamwork, good writing and communication skills in English and ensure the visibility of their activity at the international level.

Application/selection procedure:
Candidates must apply online via the CEA career website via ( and by additionally emailing a complete file to
The application file will contain:
- a CV;
- a comprehensive record of professional achievements (publications, fellowships, awards, etc…) including a short description of the main personal accomplishments (conceptual, technical, …);
- a covering letter highlighting the motivations for applying to this position;
- a scientific program (10 pages maximum) over at least 5 years, detailing how the incumbent will reinforce the team and complement the programs already developed by the PHI group;
- contact data of three professional references that might be contacted (for shortlisted candidates).

Application deadline: 31/08/2022 - 23:59 CEST.