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  • PhD Physics
  • Dipartimento di Fisica
  • Università di Roma La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
  • Tel. +39 (0)649913443
  • Download here: CV_short.pdf



1. Personal Information

Born in San Pedro Coahuila, México in December 27th 1985. H-index: 17. Average citation of 33. More than 1500 citations. ORCID: 0000-0002-4183-1316. Profiles in Google scholar and Researchgate.

2. Research Experience

  • Sept. 2019 – Currently    Assistant Professor (RTD-A) at the University of Rome “Sapienza” (IT).
  • May 2015 – Aug. 2019 Postdoc in Prof. Goedecker’s group at UniBas (CH).
  • Jan. 2013 – Apr. 2015 Marie Curie scholarship, Max-Planck-Institute, Prof. E. K. U. Gross (DE).
  • Oct. 2012 – Dec. 2012 Postdoc, University of Lyon 1, Prof. M.A.L. Marques (FR).
  • Sept. 2012 PhD thesis defence, Université de Lyon 1 (FR).

3. Education

  • 2009  – 2012 PhD in Physics, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée. Lyon, France. Advisors: Prof. Miguel. A. L. Marques (theory) and Dr Stephane Pailhes (experimental). Entitled: Computational and experimental studies of sp3-materials at high pressure. Defended on September 18th 2012. Committee: Prof. Xavier Gonze, Prof. Aldo Romero. *
  • 2007 – 2008 Master in Physics, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, México. Advisors: Prof. Eduardo Perez-Tijerina (experimental)  and Prof. Sergio Mejia (theory). Entitled: Structure determination of AuPd icosahedral nanoparticles: experimental and computational studies.  Defended on June 13th 2008. Committee: Prof. Juan Luis Chapa.
  • 2002 – 2007 Undergraduate studies in Physics, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, México. Record: 87 /100.

4. Approved Research Projects

  • Computing grant in the Swiss National supercomputer CSCS-ETH. Total grant: 1,400,000 computing node hours in (Piz Daint) for two years. Switzerland (2019-2021)
  • Computing grant in the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. Total grant: 2.6 million CPU (SuperMUC) for three years. Germany (2018-2021)
  • Computing grant in the Swiss National supercomputer CSCS-ETH. Total grant: 700,000 computing node hours in (Piz Daint) for two years. Switzerland (2017-2019)
  • Project “ExMaMa” EU Marie-Curie. Grant: 161,968.80 Euro, number 329386 (2013-2015)
  • PhD funds by CONACyT. Grant: 35,000 Euro for three years, number 212868. Mexico (2009-2012)

5. Awards, scholarships and distinctions

During my bachelor degree, I frequently received honours for most excellent grades, as well as winning prices for designing apparatus and experiments to learn physics. As a graduate student, I was awarded more than five times the best poster presentation. As a matter of fact, I earned my first laptop with a poster prize, and this produced a tipping point in my career. My research received for two consecutive years stipends sponsored by the Materials Research Society (MRS) to attend the MRS-spring meeting in San Francisco. Summary of awards and distinctions:

  • Recognised as one Emerging Leader in Condensed Matter Physics by the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter (IOP), see publication list (2019)
  • Awarded best tutor at the Department of Physics UniBasel Switzerland (Sept. 2018)
  • Price for best poster presentation during the MARVEL retreat Switzerland (Sept. 2017)
  • Selected among thousands of candidates (worldwide) to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Physics meeting. Spend a week with 30 Nobels laureates (Proud Lindau alumni of Physics edition 2016)
  • Award for my project “ExMaMa” founds by EU within the Marie-Curie scholarship (2013).
  • Selected for a Max-Planck scholarship for a postdoctoral visit in the group of Prof. E. K. U. Gross (2012)
  • Award of a Scholarship of Excellence by CONACyT-México to conduct PhD studies. The Mexican National Council for Science selects over 10 grantees nation-wide per year to fund his formation abroad. Competition is fierce, and the scholarship is perhaps the most recognised in Mexico (2009)
  • Recognition for high grades at the faculty of physics (UANL), Mexico (2007)
  • First place in a science fair at the faculty of physics on the category of experiments: development of an apparatus to accurately measure the velocity of sound and its variation upon temperature (2006)

6. Languages

  • English +550 TOEFL (certified)
  • French  C1 (certified)
  • German B2 (certified)
  • Italian B2 (certified)
  • Spanish (Castilian) mother language


* The French system of Public Universities no longer confer levels of Latin honours or degrees for dissertations such as summa cum laude. Instead, they provide a detailed description of both the defence (oral) and the overall PhD work. This document is used as a qualification and serves to interpret the candidate’s success — the full report is here:  Rapport-Soutenance_Flores-Livas (in French) and official translation “Rapporto_PhD_defense ” (in Italian).