MSc/PhD & PostDoc Positions, INRS-EMT, Quebec, Canada

Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship (in Any Discipline) in Canada

MSc/PhD & PostDoc Positions: Join a dynamic research team at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique Centre Energie Matériaux Télécommunications (INRS-EMT) in Varennes, Quebec, Canada. We are offering exciting research positions in the field of Laser-Matter Interaction, focusing on cutting-edge projects in laser-driven neutron beams, gamma-ray beamline development, and high-intensity laser-matter interaction simulations. If you are passionate about advancing scientific knowledge and working with state-of-the-art technology, this opportunity is for you.

Designation: Researcher

Research Area: Laser-Matter Interaction, Relativistic Laser-Matter Interactions, Radiation Physics, Optics, Photonics, Charged Particle Acceleration, Strong-Field Quantum Electrodynamics

Location: INRS-EMT, Varennes, Quebec, Canada


  • Students in Physics, Engineering Physics, or related disciplines are invited to apply.
  • Knowledge in optics/photonics and programming is an asset.
  • Proficiency in English is required.

Job Description:

Laser-Matter Interaction Research Positions

As a researcher in Laser-Matter Interaction, you will have the opportunity to work on the following projects:

Project #1: Development of Laser-Driven Neutron Beamline in Canada

  • Participate in developing a laser-driven neutron beam using Canada’s most powerful laser.
  • Test new neutron detectors and optimize the laser-matter interaction to improve neutron flux.
  • Collaborate with researchers from the National Research Council of Canada (NRCC) in Ottawa.
  • Conduct simulations of the neutron production process using Particle-In-Cell (PIC) and GEANT4 Monte Carlo codes.

Project #2: Gamma-Ray Beamline Development for MeV Radiography and QED Effects

  • Contribute to the development of a gamma-ray beam in the MeV range.
  • Optimize the gamma-ray beam for MeV radiography and study Quantum ElectroDynamics (QED) effects.
  • Apply gamma-ray sources in material science and homeland security.

Project #3: Simulations of High-Intensity Laser-Matter Interactions

  • Numerically simulate high-intensity laser-matter interactions for particle acceleration and transport.
  • Use the Strattocalculator code to evaluate focused electromagnetic (EM) fields.
  • Collaborate with High-Performance Computing capabilities from the Digital Research Alliance of Canada (DRAC).

Direction: Projects will be co-directed by Prof. Francois Légaré, INRS director, and Prof. Steve MacLean, astronaut and former director of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Direct supervision will be provided by Simon Vallières, postdoctoral researcher at INRS, and François Fillion-Gourdeau, adjunct professor at INRS.

Funding: All projects are funded, and candidates are also encouraged to apply for NSERC and FRQNT scholarships.

How to Apply: Interested candidates can send their CV, most recent transcript, and motivation letter to Simon Vallières ( and François Fillion-Gourdeau (

Last Date for Apply: Application deadline is as of 25 September 2023. Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking research in Laser-Matter Interaction and advance your career in a dynamic and innovative environment. Apply now to be part of our research team at INRS-EMT.


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