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Waves and Matter Doctoral School

L'école doctorale

The Waves and Matter Doctoral School - EDOM - covers quantum physics, dilute matter and optics.

More precisely, the fields covered are quantum physics, optics, atomic and molecular physics, laser physics, plasma physics, nanophotonics as well as the interface domains of these themes such as biomedical imaging or condensed matter. All types of plasmas are represented at EDOM (cold and hot, stellar, interstellar and fusion plasmas), as well as their technological applications. In particular, EDOM is involved in fusion by magnetic confinement.

EDOM is a doctoral school (ED) of the University Paris-Saclay, which enrolls doctoral students for the Faculté des Sciences d'Orsay, the Institut d'Optique Graduate School and the ENS Paris-Saclay.

EDOM is open to a very large number of doctoral student hosting teams (EAD) located in other research centers in our geographical area, such as CNRS, CEA, Soleil, Onera. Ile de France Sud is characterized by a very high concentration of laboratories working in these fields as well as a very large number of scientific higher education institutions with excellent students. In addition, there are major facilities such as Soleil, the femtosecond and attosecond laser servers at CEA Saclay and the C2N nanofabrication facility, research centers of major organizations (ONERA, CEA, CNRS) and industrial research centers (Thales, Horiba, EDF), as well as the Sytematic competitiveness cluster and a growing network of technology start-ups. In this context, EDOM is a link that brings together most of the resources for training in and through research in these domains.

EDOM is naturally involved in the PALM, NanoSaclay and LASIPS labex as well as in the Attolab, Andromede, Cilex, Refimeve and Tempos equipex.

Gestionnaire de l'EDOM

Bâtiment 520 (ISMO) - 4ème étage - Porte 405
Bureau : 01 69 15 75 26 - Mobile : 07 64 01 63 86

 Where is the building 520

The doctoral school is located on the Saclay plateau

Rue André Rivière, bâtiment 520 - ISMO, 91405 Orsay :

EDOM Council Dates:

Thursday 02 December 2021 from 12pm to 2pm

Tuesday 1st February 2022 from 12pm to 2pm

Friday June 17th 2022 from 2pm to 5pm

Prix de thèse

Each year, the EDOM Board awards a thesis prize to approximately 10% of the theses defended during the year. The theses eligible for the thesis prize are those of a duration of less than or equal to 42 months proposed by the jury of defense unanimously. Moreover, the theses realized within the EDOM have often received national prizes.

Prix de thèse EDOM 2020

MAU Adrien (ISMO)

Prix de thèse EDOM 2019

GOBLOT Valentin (C2N)
NEVEU Pascal (LAC)

Prix de thèse EDOM 2018

DE SANTIS Lorenzo (C2N)

Prix de thèse EDOM 2017

GROSS Isabell- LAC

Prix de thèse EDOM 2016

Guillaume AOUST, ONERA
Marie-Christine DHEUR, LCF

Prix de thèse EDOM 2015

Syamsundar DE (LAC)
Valerian GIESZ (LPN)

Prix de thèse EDOM 2014

Antoine CAMPER (CEA)
Sylvain RAVETS (LCF)

Prix de thèse EDOM 2013

Sandrine RICAUD (LCF)

Prix de thèse EDOM 2012

Perrine BERGER (LAC)

Autres Prix de Thèse :

Each year, our doctoral students also participate in other thesis awards.

Prix de thèse PhOM 2020 






Prix de thèse DGA 2020

Mathilde Makhhsiyan (ONERA/DOTA)…

Prix de thèse PhOM 2019

Loïc Lavenu (LCF), pour son travail sur une Source laser à fibre dopée Yb de haute énergie délivrant des impulsions de quelques cycles optiques
Thomas Noblet (LCP), pour son Etude optique du couplage vibroélectronique à l'interface entre boîtes quantiques semiconductrices et molécules organiques
Pierre Pichon (LCF), pour son travail sur le Pompage par LED de concentrateurs luminescents et de lasers dopés aux métaux de transition
Maximilian Schemmer (LCF), pour son travail sur la Dynamique hors équilibre des gaz bosoniques unidimensionels

Prix Pellat de la Société française de physique

Adrien Leblanc ( Lidyl) dirigé par Fabien Quéré en collaboration avec l’équipe de Jérome Faure du LOA.

Prix de la Chancellerie

 Nicolas Bourg (ISMO) dirigé par Sandrine Lévêque-Fort.

Prix de recherche fondamentale du Cnano

Marie-Christine Dheur (LCF) dirigée par Gaétan Messin et J.J. Greffet

Prix de thèse PhOM 2017

Romain Geneaux (Lidyl)

Prix de thèse 2017 de l'European Solar Physics Division 

A joint division of the European Physical Society, and the European Astronomical Society.


Prix de thèse de la SFP Daniel Guinier 2015

Raphael Lopes a été lauréat du prix de thèse de la Société Française de Physique 2015

Prix de thèse DGA 2015

Xavier DELEN (LCF)

Prix du DIM Nano-K 2015

Sylvain RAVETS (LCF)

Prix du RTRA 2015

Florence de la BARRIERE (ONERA-LCF)
Maxime de BIOSSAC (ISMO)

Prix de thèse DGA 2014

Perrine BERGER (LAC)


Prix du DIM Nano-K 2014


Prix de thèse ParisTech (2013)

Florence de la BARRIERE (ONERA, LCF)

Prix de thèse ParisTech 2012


EDOM rules of procedure

Autres informations : 

Arrêté du 25 mai 2016 fixant le cadre national de la formation et les modalités conduisant à la délivrance du diplôme national de doctorat.

Règlement intérieur des études doctorales de l’Université Paris-Saclay.

Le doctorat

Calendrier de l’année scolaire 2021-2022

The re-entry meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. for doctoral students in the first year of their 2021/2022 thesis.

The modalities of this meeting will be specified by email. This meeting is mandatory.

EDOM Councils :

- Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 12:00 to 14:00

- Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 12:00 to 14:00

- Friday, June 17, 2022 from 14:00 to 17:00 - Jury for the EDOM 2022 competition.

Scientific Days of the EDOM

Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 May 2022

EDOM Doctoral Contract Competition :

Application deadline : Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Invitations to the auditions : Friday 27 May 2022

Auditions for eligible candidates : Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 June 2022

Admission procedure to EDOM

In order to carry out a thesis at the EDOM, the candidate must first be admitted by the EDOM.

The first step is to choose a subject and obtain a favorable opinion from the thesis director.

The second step is the qualification by the Doctoral School, i.e. the examination by the Doctoral School of the candidate's aptitudes. There are three ways to obtain this qualification :

1) Competition for doctoral contracts. The file will be studied in this context.

2) Pre-admission for a funding application (allocation spécifique normalien, allocation spécifique X, DGA grant, CIFRE grant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs grant, etc).

A file must be sent directly to the director of the ED including at least i) a CV of one or two pages, ii) transcripts of grades of L3, M1 and M2 if available, iii) letters of recommendation according to the model available at the bottom of this page (to be sent directly by the internship supervisor to the following email address ), iv) a motivated opinion of the future thesis supervisor, v) a favorable opinion of the laboratory director. 

3) Qualification in the case of acquired financing (financing on ANR project, on European project, on contract with industrial partner, grant from a foreign government).  A file must be sent to the deputy director of the laboratory, including at least i) a one or two page CV, ii) transcripts of grades from L3, M1 and M2 if available, iii) letters of recommendation following the model available on the "doctoral contract competition" page, iv) a reasoned opinion from the future thesis director, v) a favorable opinion from the laboratory director 

Pre-admission is granted by the EDOM Director on the advice of the Deputy Director. This pre-admission is confirmed after an interview with the assistant director of the laboratory. The thesis director and the laboratory director may be involved. It is important to contact the Doctoral School as soon as possible because the admission decision can only be made if the candidate is of a comparable level to the candidates recruited through the competitive process.

The third step is the final admission, which is pronounced at the time of the first registration in the doctoral program, after verification of the required diplomas and the obtaining of funding.


Sample letters of recommendation 

Sujets de thèse, admission et concours

Doing a thesis at EDOM

You wish to apply for a PhD thesis at the PhD school “Ondes et Matière” (EDOM) :

The EDOM competition

For the competitive exam, your application must be submitted on ADUM before :
May 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm

You must follow the following steps :

•   Find a thesis topic and a PhD supervisor then contact him/her to get his/her agreement. You can find the different offers at the following address : - Select École Doctorale : Ondes et Matière)

•   Create your ADUM profile to apply :

Documents to be submitted on ADUM : 
-    All required fields of ADUM,
-    A Curriculum Vitae of 1 or 2 pages,
-    One or two letters of recommendation,
-    A copy of an identity document : identity card or passport,
-    For foreigners, if you already have it, a copy of your visa or residence permit,
-    A copy of your Master's degree or certificate of completion if already available,
-    Transcripts from the last year of your Bachelor degree (or equivalent),
-    Transcripts for the years in the Master's program (or equivalent),
-    If you already have a funding for your PhD, a copy of the proof.

To compile your application, you must submit the above-mentioned documents on ADUM in a single PDF file. You can use a free online tool like “combinepdf” for this.

Click definitely on « Je finalise la procédure » to submit your application.

In addition, the opinion of two former research internship supervisors is requested.

Your internship supervisors should : 

1. Fill the form that you will find at the address (French version in the first tab, English version in the second tab) :

2. And send it directly (themselves) to the following email address :

An admissibility list established by the management of the “Ondes et Matière” PhD school will be published at the end of May.

  • No information will be given by phone.

Following your admissibility, you will be interviewed.

The interviews will be held on :
June 13 and 14, 2022
Université Paris-Saclay – Bâtiment 520 (ISMO)
Rue André Rivière – 91400 Orsay

You can download the application procedure in the file :

And the interview modalities in the file :

Once you have been admitted to the Doctoral School, you will still have, at the beginning of the academic year in October, to proceed with :
•    Your pedagogical registration,
•    And your administrative registration.

Entry in thesis without competition :

All candidates must meet all the conditions below and be admitted to EDOM to enroll in the doctoral program. This recruitment procedure is compulsory and consists in verifying that all scientific and financial conditions are met so that EDOM can guarantee the proper development of the doctoral project.

The steps are identical to the school competition (see above).

Submit your application on ADUM and finalize the procedure,

-  Make sure you receive the evaluation forms from your M1 and M2 internship supervisors sent by themselves, without going through you, to the address

- Have an audition before an admission jury whose members are :

  • The deputy director of the EDOM, referent of the laboratory,
  • The thesis director,
  • One or two representative(s) from the same laboratory, foreign to the doctoral project.

Thesis in cotutelle

Inscription et réinscription

Thesis registration is annual, it is renewed at the beginning of each academic year (article 11 of the decree of May 25, 2016 setting the national framework for doctoral training).

Registration and re-registration to the Doctoral School "Ondes et Matière".

  • First step : The pedagogical registration takes place at the Doctoral School,
  • Second step : The administrative registration takes place at the University of Paris-Saclay, which registers all doctoral students. The Faculty of Orsay, the Institut d'Optique Graduate School, and ENS Paris-Saclay are the referents.
  • These two registrations are done jointly via ADUM. Your contact : Mrs Nadia Chapiteau.
Formation doctorale et suivi

Within the framework of the doctoral contract, doctoral students, in addition to their thesis work, may, for 1/6 of their time, carry out a teaching OR expertise and consulting activity in another institution, OR a mission within the University of Paris-Saclay.

You will find here the procedure note for the establishment of doctoral contracts on non-state budget funding.

* Le décret n°2007-658 relatif au cumul d'activités des fonctionnaires, des agents non titulaires de droit public et des ouvriers des établissements industriels de l'État a été modifié par le décret 2011-82 du 20 janvier 2011, avec comme conséquence une modification de la liste des activités pour lesquelles le cumul est possible.


 Doctoral courses

In parallel to their thesis work, all doctoral students must follow, during the first two years, a complementary training that is mandatory and includes three modules.

Module 1 : Scientific Training (50 hours) :

Additional scientific training in the form of two separate scientific modules, each corresponding to a minimum of 25 hours.

This module shall serve :

  • or to acquire additional knowledge necessary to the thesis work: to promote the scientific opening of the doctoral student and the progress of his work (scientific topic to be deepened, or numerical or experimental methods to be acquired),
  • or to deepen the general culture (for example, through a course at the Collège de France. Participation in a summer or winter school may be accepted by the EDOM after the opinion of the director of the Doctoral School as a scientific module.

These modules will be chosen by the doctoral student, with the help of his/her thesis director and subject to the agreement of the EDOM deputy director. They may be of a very diverse nature (option modules for Master1 and Master2 courses, courses at the Collège de France, specific modules offered by EDOM, summer schools, winter schools, pre-doctoral school at Les Houches, scientific networking courses, Fablab courses, etc.)

The EDOM can subsidize these courses up to a maximum of 500 euros.

Module 2 : Professionalization training (30 to 40 hours) :

In order to facilitate their professional integration, a professional module representing a total hourly volume of approximately 30 to 40 hours.

The University of Paris-Saclay offers des formations transversales.

Module 3 : Training in research ethics and scientific integrity

Some sites :

Université Paris-Saclay - Polethis 

Université de Bordeaux  - Fun-Mooc

Each of these two modules will be validated by a certificate of participation signed by the teacher in charge and uploaded in the section "Formation Hors Catalogue" on the personal space ADUM of the PhD student.


Procedure for the defense

The description of the procedure of defense of the University Paris-Saclay as well as the links towards the official texts are available ici 

To be filled out and sent to the schooling service and to the EDOM manager by the thesis director.
To be sent to the president of the thesis jury to nominate the doctor. Document to be sent to Nadia Chapiteau only if the jury is unanimous.

The defenses authorized by the institution (registered in the ADUM database) will be automatically published on the Internet, accessible from the Paris-Saclay website. This publicity on the defense is a legal obligation. See here

Legal deposit of the thesis before and after the defense : 

Your contacts for depositing your thesis according to your referral institution (make an appointment by mail) : 
- Université Paris-Saclay - Faculté des Sciences :
- Institut d’Optique :
Important : Doctoral students must validate their 1st deposit with the library before the defense and their 2nd deposit after the defense.
The validation of the 1st deposit by the library in ADUM assigns the NNT and gives access to the documents of the defense in the doctoral student’s ADUM interface.
According to the 2016 decree, the 2nd deposit in ADUM is mandatory. It authorizes the edition of the diploma.
More information here.

For all the stages of the defense, your contacts (ED referents) are the assistant directors who have accompanied you since your registration.

Directeur Adjoint

M. ROBERT Jacques
Université Paris-Saclay
Laboratoire de physique des gaz et des plasmas (LPGP)
Référent des laboratoires : ONERA (DOTA et DPHY), IAS, ISMO, LIDYL, Synchroton Soleil.

Directeur Adjoint

Institut d'optique Graduate School (IOGS)
Laboratoire Charles Fabry (LCF)
Référent des laboratoires : C2N, LAC, LPS, LTCI, LUMIN.

Directeur Adjoint

Université Paris-Saclay
Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies (C2N)
Référent des laboratoires : LMCE, IJCLab, ICP, LCF, LPGP, LPP, SPEC.

Carrière & Alumni

Future of the PhD student

Half of our PhDs find a job in the field of research within the university or large research organizations (CNRS, CEA, ONERA, etc.). Industry is an important outlet. Most of our PhDs work in technical jobs that allow them to make the most of their skills. They are divided between large groups (Thales, Saint Gobain, etc.), SMEs and technology start-ups.

Postdoc offers - Job offers

Job offers for doctoral students. Consult here

Consultation of job offers on the RDA website


Follow-up and insertion

The student follow-up process is well established. We propose to improve it by inviting the third year students to make a poster presentation at the ED's back-to-school meeting at the end of October. The objective is twofold: each student will have had the opportunity to present his or her work orally during the scientific day in February of the second year and then in the form of a poster at the beginning of the third year; newly enrolled students will thus have an overview of the ED's themes as soon as they arrive.

The EDOM's insertion statistics are very satisfactory. This is the result of a good match between the training courses and the needs of the downstream sector as well as a good selection of candidates.


Directeur de l'EDOM

Université Paris-Saclay
Institut des sciences moléculaires d'Orsay (ISMO)

Directeur Adjoint

M. ROBERT Jacques
Université Paris-Saclay
Laboratoire de physique des gaz et des plasmas (LPGP)
Référent des laboratoires : ONERA (DOTA et DPHY), IAS, ISMO, LIDYL, Synchroton Soleil.

Directeur Adjoint

Institut d'optique Graduate School (IOGS)
Laboratoire Charles Fabry (LCF)
Référent des laboratoires : C2N, LAC, LPS, LTCI, LUMIN.

Directeur Adjoint

Université Paris-Saclay
Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies (C2N)
Référent des laboratoires : LMCE, IJCLab, ICP, LCF, LPGP, LPP, SPEC.

Gestionnaire de l’EDOM 


Université Paris-Saclay, Rue André Rivière - Bâtiment 520 (ISMO) - 91405 Orsay

Bureau : 01 69 15 75 26 - Mobile : 07 64 01 63 86