Department of Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UBC is noted for the excellence of its research and its high academic standards and integrity. We are one of the largest departments, and can offer a wide range of pure and applied research opportunities for students. Each year, our faculty bring over $20 million in research grants. This enables us to maintain world-class research laboratories and computational facilities, attract distinguished post-doctorate researchers, and support highly skilled engineers and technicians whose expertise is critical to our research.

We host a full range of presentations and seminars including many on current and emerging topics and technologies, and invite nationally and internationally renowned scientists to participate. We have weekly seminar series on Astronomy, Particle Physics, Condensed Matter, Biophysics, and Theoretical Physics. At our facilities at Vancouver General Hospital, TRIUMF, and AMPEL, seminars are held regularly for faculty and students.

75
Master's Students
122
Doctoral Students
33
Graduate Degrees Awarded
 

Open Research Positions

This list of possible research projects is non-exhaustive. It only shows positions that are specifically advertised in the G+PS website.

 

Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Affleck, Ian Keith Condensed matter theory, quantum magnetism, quantum impurities, high-Tc superconductivity, low dimensional magnetism, quantum wires and dots, high energy theory, impurities in metals
Aronson, Meigan heavy-ferromagnetic compounds; charge density waves; magnetic nanoparticles
Bagger, Jonathan High energy physics; String theory; Bagger-Lambert-Gustavsson action; Supersymmetry; Superspace; Supergravity
Berciu, Mona Physical sciences; condensed matter theory; polarons, bipolarons; strongly correlated systems
Boley, Aaron Astronomy and Astrophysics; Planet formation, protoplanetary disk evolution, formation of meteorite parent bodies
Bonn, Douglas Andrew Condensed matter, high temperature superconductors, microwave measurements, crystal growth
Bryman, Douglas Particle physics, experimental; Experimental Particle Physics; Applied physics; physics
Burke, Sarah Scanning probe microscopy, organic materials, nanoscale materials, surface physics, photovoltaics
Choptuik, Matthew Theoretical physics, Relativity/Computational Physics
Damascelli, Andrea Electronic structure of solids, strongly correlated electron systems, low dimensional spin systems, thin films and nanostructures, transition metal oxides, high-Tc superconductors, linear and nonlinear optical spectroscopies, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, synchrotron based spectroscopies., Electronic structure of novel complex systems in nanostructured materials
Dierker, Steve Physical sciences; Collective dynamics of condensed matter systems; Dependence on reduced dimensionality, strong interactions, disorder, and mesoscale structure
Folk, Joshua Physical sciences; Fractional quantum Hall effect; Majorana fermions; Quantum devices; Strongly correlated electronics; Topological phenomena; Vanderwaals heterostructures
Franz, Marcel Condensed matter theory
Gay, Colin Experimental subatomic physics, Beyond Standard Model physics, Extra dimensions
Gladman, Brett Astronomy, Planetary Science, meteorites, astrobiology, Solar system formation and evolution
Hallas, Alannah Physical sciences; quantum phenomena; magnetism; Materials design and discovery; Quantum materials
Halpern, Mark Cosmology, Cosmic background radiation, history of star formation, measuring the geometry and contents of the Universe, satellites, balloon-borne telescopes, the physics of music, Physics of music, Cosmic Microwave Background, Physical Cosmology, Star formation history
Hasinoff, Michael Low-energy particle physics
Hearty, Christopher Subatomic physics, Experimental Particle Physics Research
Heyl, Jeremy Astronomical and space sciences; Physical sciences; Astrophysics; Black Holes; Neutron Stars; quantum phenomena; Quantum-Field Theory; Stellar; Stellar Physics
Hickson, Paul cosmology, galaxies, telescopes, adaptive optics., Astronomy, astrophysics, Galaxies, clusters, instrumentation, adaptive optics
Hinshaw, Gary cosmology, cosmic background radiation, Cosmology, Measuring diffuse background radiations
Jones, David Atomic, optical and molecular physics,Ultrafast Optics, Spectroscopy
Karczmarek, Joanna Physical sciences; Emergent spacetime and gravity; Matrix models; Noncommutative geometry; String theory
Kiefl, Robert Physical sciences; condensed matter physics; magnetism; multiferroics; polarons; quantum phenomena; superconductivity
Kruecken, Reiner Physical sciences; Elementary Particles; Neutrino Physics; Nuclear Astrophysics; Nuclear Physics; Universe Structure
Lister, Alison Particle physics, experimental; Large Hadron Collier (LHC); ATLAS experiment; Search for physics beyond the standard model; top quarks; dark matter; Machine Learning; Long-lived particles
Madison, Kirk Condensed matter, atomic, molecular and optical physics
Marziali, Andre Teaching methods, pedagogy, Robotics in education, Nanotechnology, Engineering Physics, Genomics, Biophysics, Genomics Technologies
Matthews, Jaymie Mark Stellar seismology, stellar structure and evolution, exoplanets, magnetic peculiar stars, photometry and spectroscopy, space astronomy
Mattison, Thomas Subatomic physics, Particle & Nuclear Physics, Applied Physics
McIver, Jess General relativity and gravitational waves in astronomical and space sciences; Gravitational wave astrophysics; Multi-messenger astronomy; Characterization of large-scale physics instrumentation; data science
McKenna, Janis Physical sciences; Experimental Particle Physics; Instrumentation
Michal, Carl Nuclear magnetic resonance, biological and energy storage materials
Milner, Valery Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Ultrafast Quantum Coherent Control; Ultrafast Spectroscopy
Oser, Scott Physical sciences; dark matter; Elementary Particles; neutrinos; particle physics; statistical methods for physics
Plotkin, Steven Biophysics theory and computation
Rahmim, Arman Clinical oncology; Medical physics; Physical sciences; Image Reconstruction; Machine learning and radiomics; medical physics; Molecular imaging; Quantitative Imaging; Theranostics
Raussendorf, Robert Measurement-based models for quantum computation, fault-tolerant quantum computation under geometric constraints, quantum cellular automata
Reinsberg, Stefan Medical physics, MRIs
Rottler, Joerg Physical sciences; Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; Nanomaterials; Polymers; Soft Matter; Solids
Rozali, Moshe String theory, high energy physics, quantum field theory, cosmology and classical gravitational physics
Schleich, Kristin Theoretical physics, general relativity
Scott, Douglas Astronomical and space sciences; Physical sciences; Cosmology; Science and Knowledge
Semenoff, Gordon Walter Physical sciences; Moedal experiment, Large Hadron Collider, CERN; String theory, quantum field theory, statistical mechanics; Theoretical and mathematical physics, the physics of elementary particles, condensed matter physics
Sigurdson, Kris The Universe, Cosmology, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Particle Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmic Microwave Background, Cosmic 21-cm Fluctuations, Radio Astronomy, CHIME
Sossi, Vesna Medical Imaging, Brain imaging
Stairs, Ingrid pulsars, gravity, general relativity, radio astronomy, radio pulsars, pulsar searches and long-term timing, Radio astronomy
Stamp, Philip C Theoretical physics, strongly-correlated condensed matter systems, quantum magnetism, decoherence, quantum information, gravity
Unruh, William black holes; cosmology; quantum computers; theory of gravity

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