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The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a broad-based department with a wide range of research interests covering many key topics in contemporary physics, astronomy, and applied physics. We are a vibrant community that engages in a wide range of research directions, from probing the origin of the universe to exploring emergent phenomena in complex systems, that provide deep insights into the nature of the universe and practical solutions that will help define the world of tomorrow. Departmental research activities are supported by several computing and experimental facilities, and excellent electronics and machine shops.

Our graduate programs include approximately 200 graduate students, working on experiments and theory in research fields that include: Applied Physics, Astronomy/Astrophysics, Atomic/Molecular/Optics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter, Cosmology, Gravity, Medical Physics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, and String Theory.

For specific program requirements, please refer to the departmental program website

What makes the program unique?

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UBC is noted for the excellence of its research and its high academic standards and integrity. It is one of the largest and most diverse physics and astronomy departments in Canada. We are constantly rated as one of the top Physics & Astronomy programs in the world. Much of the Department's research is enhanced by local facilities such as the TRIUMF National Laboratory, the Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL), and the BC Cancer Agency, UBC, and associated teaching hospitals, in addition to many specialized research laboratories housed within the Department. There is a great deal of collaboration and overlap of interests among the various groups.

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.

While the UBC research environment was a good fit, and the quantum matter institute at which I study is excellent, the deciding factor was rather small: the students here seemed happier. My successes have happened when I’m curious and joy motivated.

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Program enquiries, admission information & requirements, 1) check eligibility, minimum academic requirements.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

  • Canada or the United States
  • International countries other than the United States

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based

Overall score requirement : 90

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Overall score requirement : 6.5

Other Test Scores

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

2) Meet Deadlines

3) prepare application, transcripts.

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest , sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.

Supervision

Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their thesis supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.

Instructions regarding thesis supervisor contact for Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)

Citizenship verification.

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

4) Apply Online

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Tuition & Financial Support

Financial support.

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

Program Funding Packages

Applicants who are interested in the production, preparation, and application of nuclear isotopes for science and medicine may consider the IsoSiM program that provides additional funding and professional development opportunities. Applicants who are interested in quantum materials may consider the QuEST program. Applicants who are interested in nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and application, and nanoscience instrumentation may consider the  NanoMat  program.

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2021 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $22,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $22,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

Average Funding

  • 58 students received Teaching Assistantships. Average TA funding based on 58 students was $7,835.
  • 61 students received Research Assistantships. Average RA funding based on 61 students was $18,607.
  • 6 students received Academic Assistantships. Average AA funding based on 6 students was $340.
  • 86 students received internal awards. Average internal award funding based on 86 students was $10,564.
  • 16 students received external awards. Average external award funding based on 16 students was $27,479.

Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

All applicants are encouraged to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund their graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)

Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (GRA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their supervision. The duties constitute part of the student's graduate degree requirements. A Graduate Research Assistantship is considered a form of fellowship for a period of graduate study and is therefore not covered by a collective agreement. Stipends vary widely, and are dependent on the field of study and the type of research grant from which the assistantship is being funded.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Graduate programs may have Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. Full teaching assistantships involve 12 hours work per week in preparation, lecturing, or laboratory instruction although many graduate programs offer partial TA appointments at less than 12 hours per week. Teaching assistantship rates are set by collective bargaining between the University and the Teaching Assistants' Union .

Graduate Academic Assistantships (GAA)

Academic Assistantships are employment opportunities to perform work that is relevant to the university or to an individual faculty member, but not to support the student’s graduate research and thesis. Wages are considered regular earnings and when paid monthly, include vacation pay.

Financial aid (need-based funding)

Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans .

All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

Foreign government scholarships

Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

Working while studying

The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement .

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

Cost Calculator

Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

Career Outcomes

108 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 2 graduates are seeking employment; for 11 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 95 graduates:

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Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

These statistics show data for the Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.

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This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Aronson, Meigan (heavy-ferromagnetic compounds; charge density waves; magnetic nanoparticles)
  • Berciu, Mona (Electronic and magnetic properties of condensed matter and supraconductivity; 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; 2D materials and Vanderwaals heterostructures; Quantum electronics; Thermodynamics of quantum systems; Strongly correlated phenomena; Topological phenomena; Quantum transport)
  • 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)
  • Leslie, Sabrina
  • 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)

Doctoral Citations

Sample thesis submissions.

  • Quantum chaos in conformal field theories
  • Resurrecting the N = 20 shell closure and upgrades to the TITAN measurement Penning trap
  • A journey into computational protein design : simulation methods, physical origins of disease, and therapeutic design for neurodegenerative diseases and COVID19
  • Relaxation dynamics in a molecular ultracold plasma : control and modeling
  • Refinement of the first r-process abundance peak via high-precision mass measurements
  • Longitudinal relaxation dynamics in white matter : experiments in NMR and MRI
  • A detection of cosmological 21 cm emission from CHIME in cross-correlation with the eBOSS Lyman-𝜶 forest
  • New Raman scattering enhancement methods with potential for improving the detection of breath VOCs
  • Electron-phonon coupling in insulators : beyond the Migdal limit
  • Studies of evolved stellar populations : from giants to remnants
  • Boundaries, braneworlds, and black holes : applications of the AdS/BCFT correspondence
  • Development of advanced denoising and analysis algorithms for applications in hybrid PET/MRI brain imaging
  • Collective modes of the superconducting condensate
  • Magnetic resonance imaging to measure myelin : orientation dependence and application to spinal cord injury
  • Advances in quantitative magnetic resonance imaging of myelin

Related Programs

Same specialization.

  • Master of Science in Physics (MSc)

Same Academic Unit

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Astronomy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Physics (PhD)
  • Master of Applied Science in Engineering Physics (MASc)
  • Master of Science in Astronomy (MSc)
  • Master of Science in Medical Physics (MSc)

Further Information

Specialization.

Physics provides research opportunities in many subfields of physics, including

  • applied physics : this effort has spawned a number of spin-off companies.
  • medical physics : be involved in a broad range of medical physics research in the areas of radiation therapy, medical imaging, biomedical optics and radiation biophysics.
  • biophysics : the application of quantitative principles and methods to biological systems.
  • nuclear and particle physics : the aim of subatomic physics is to understand matter and the fundamental forces in the universe and ultimately form a Theory of Everything.
  • astronomy and astrophysics : study stars, galaxies, the material in between, and the Universe as a whole.
  • atomic, molecular, and optical physics : this field is rapidly expanding and serves as the basis for many modern technological innovations.
  • condensed matter physics is concerned with understanding and exploiting the properties of solids and liquids and the large area that this covers makes it the largest field of contemporary physics.
  • theoretical physics : Gravity and Relativity, String Theory, High Energy Physics, and Condensed Matter Theory, to Quantum Information and Biophysics

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In my undergrad, I really got great insight to how incredible the researchers in our physics/astronomy department (and the rest of UBC) are. Two of the cosmology faculty on the team that I joined at UBC (including my supervisor) won a Fundamental Breakthrough Prize in Physics in 2018. Their work on...

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I get excited about all kinds of physics, not just my field of specialization, so I wanted to find a department with a wide variety of research topics. I was also able to find a supervisor whom I work well with in a field that suits my research interests. Last but not least, there are very few...

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I was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and attended Queen's University in Kingston, ON for my undergraduate degree. After a few years of Ontario winters I was ready to move back to the west coast! UBC has a great reputation for graduate school programs and is in one of the most beautiful cities...

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UBC is one of the top universities in the world. With world class research facilities, a supportive and nurturing scientific community and financial support through scholarships and teaching, UBC offered everything I needed to follow my dreams.

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Physics and Astronomy

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Program overview.

Doctoral students in Physics and Astronomy have the opportunity to make original and significant contributions to science within a department recognized globally for leading research. The PhD program appeals to students planning a career in academia, government labs, leadership roles, and industry. The programs connects students with state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities both here and at collaborating institutions, and with world-renowned researchers in one of six focus areas: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Complexity, Environmental and Isotope Physics, Radiation Oncology Physics, Quantum Information and Quantum, Atomic, and Molecular Optics, and Space Physics. These focus areas lie within program specializations that students apply to: Physics, Astrophysics, Space Physics or Radiation Oncology Physics (including Medical Imaging/Medical Physics).

The PhD under Radiation Oncology Physics (ROP) is a Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program (CAMPEP) accredited program. Students interested in this specialization typically have a MSc from a CAMPEP accredited program or closely related degree to be admitted. The PhD specializing in ROP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) and provides didactic background, research experience and clinical training for a career in Radiation Oncology Physics. The majority of our graduates have gone on to residencies in Clinical Radiation Oncology Physics in Canada and beyond.

The department's per capita funding level is the highest within UCalgary's Faculty of Science. Admission is competitive, favouring students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership.

Completing this program

Astronomy & Astrophysics: Research topics may include radio, optical, infrared and space astronomy, computational astrophysics, star formation, the interstellar medium, and general relativity.

Isotope and Environmental Physics:  Research topics may include nuclear decay processes, the effect of human activity on the environment, the development of analytical and instrumental techniques, isotope composition of trace gases and aerosols, source apportionment studies, and isotope fractionation.

Radiation Oncology Physics:  Research topics may include intensity modulated and image guided radiation therapy, prostate brachytherapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery.

Space Physics:  Research topics may include precipitation mechanisms, remote sensing magnetospheric dynamics, and the solar-terrestrial interaction.

Complexity: Research topics may include complex networks, self-organized criticality, statistical and computational physics, and non-linear dynamics.

Quantum Information and Quantum, Atomic, and Molecular Optics:  Research topics may include the study of information, communication and computation using devices that are governed by quantum principle as well as the interaction between light and matter.

Candidacy: Students will prepare a thesis proposal as well as take an oral exam on background knowledge of the research topic and the student's proposal.

Thesis:  Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.

Specializations

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical Physics
  • Radiation Oncology Physics
  • Space Physics
  • Computational Neuroscience (interdisciplinary)
  • Medical Imaging (interdisciplinary)

Researcher, technician, radiation oncology, medical or clinical physicist, professor, instructor, data science/mining, communications, journalism, entrepreneur, environmental, financial, strategic management and/or IT consultant, quantitative analyst, risk assessment, insurance, bioinformatics.

A PhD in physics and astronomy is usually considered a final degree; in some cases, students may pursue postdoctoral work.

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Two courses minimum

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment.

Four years full-time; six years maximum

A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

See the Graduate Calendar for information on  fees and fee regulations,  and for information on  awards and financial assistance .

Supervisors

Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree. Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

Paul Barclay

Paul Barclay

Shabir Barzanjeh, Assistant professor.

Shabir Barzanjeh

Christopher Cully

Christopher Cully

Jörn Davidsen

Jörn Davidsen

David Knudsen

David Knudsen

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Nasser Moazzen-Ahmadi

Daniel Oblak

Daniel Oblak

Barry C Sanders

Barry Sanders

Admission Requirements

A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

An MSc degree (or equivalent) in physics, engineering physics, astronomy/astrophysics or a related scientific field.

Work samples

Reference letters, test scores.

All foreign applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Physics subject score

English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iB T including TOEFL iBT Home Edition)  minimum score of 86 (Internet-based, with no section less than 20).
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)  score of 6.5 (with no section less than 6.0).
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced or Cambridge C2 Proficiency  minimum score of 180.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)   score of 59 or higher
  • Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL)  overall score of 70 (no section less than 60).
  • Academic Communication Certificate (ACC)  minimum of B+ in each course.
  • Duolingo English Test  obtaining a minimum score of 125 (with no sub-score below 105). ( temporary until Fall 2024 intake )

For admission on September 1:

Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline

International students: Jan. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Are you ready to apply?

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Physics (PhD)

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Program overview

The PhD in Physics is focused on research activities, complemented by a few advanced courses, which examine the fundamental and applied concepts of either physics or biomedical physics. Our researchers have expertise in theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics including quantum- and nano- materials, human biomedical physics, molecular biophysics, theoretical particle physics, laser optics and photonics, molecular modeling/computational physics and physics education and cultivate strong student-supervisor relationships. Many of us are members of various research centres that promote interdisciplinary collaborations in nano-, molecular and life sciences. Our Department has state of the art facilities for medical imaging, molecular biophysics, optical spectroscopy, photonics and low-temperature transport measurements, among others.

Program structure

Degree requirements, degree requirements.

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the Physics Courses page for course descriptions.

Physics PhD (90 credits)

Physics phd electives, admission requirements, admission requirements.

  • MSc degree in Physics or a related field with high standing from a recognized university.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

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Admission requirements, degree requirements, graduate research fields.

  • Astrophysics and Gravitation
  • Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
  • Industrial and Applied Physics
  • Quantum Computing
  • Subatomic Physics
  • Normally a Master's degree in Physics, with at least a 75% standing.
  • Students with an undergraduate degree in Physics may apply for admission directly to the PhD program. Successful applicants will have an outstanding academic record, breadth of knowledge in physics, and strong letters of recommendation.
  • Gradaute Record Examination (GRE) Physics subject test scores for all students who have completed their post-secondary education outside of Canada.
  • Supplementary information form
  • Transcript(s)
  • Number of references:  3

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  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Students who have completed a Master of Science (MSc) or equivalent degree must complete 2 one-term graduate level courses (0.50 unit weight).
  • 1 of PHYS 701, PHYS 704, or PHYS 706 (core course equivalents PHYS 602 or PHYS 605 will be accepted if completed during the MSc).
  • 2 additional Physics core courses (core course equivalents PHYS 601, PHYS 602 or PHYS 605 will be accepted if completed during the MSc). Biophysics students are exempt from this requirement and may substitute 2 other PHYS graduate level courses.
  • 1 of PHYS 701, PHYS 704 or PHYS 706
  • 2 additional Physics Core courses. Biophysics students are exempt from this requirement, and may substitute 2 other PHYS graduate level courses.
  • 3 other graduate level courses or 2 graduate level courses and 1 300 or 400 level undergraduate course. Undergraduate courses must be approved by the student’s supervisor and the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Associate Dean of Science for Graduate Studies prior to enrolment in the course.
  • PHYS 701 Quantum Mechanics 1
  • PHYS 703 Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
  • PHYS 704 Statistical Physics 1
  • PHYS 706 Electromagnetic Theory
  • PHYS 767 Quantum Information Processing
  • PHYS 781 Fundamentals of Astrophysics
  • PHYS 782 Fundamentals of Astrophysics II: Observational Techniques and Data Analysis
  • An average of at least 70% must be obtained in the required courses. A minimum grade of 65% is required for a pass in each course. If a student does not meet these minimum grade requirements, or receives a failing grade in any course, the student may be required to withdraw from the program.
  • The student's Advisory Committee may require additional courses dependent on the student's background.
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  • PhD Comprehensive Examination
  • Committee composition: Consistent with University-level minimum requirements with the exception that two examiners must not be the student’s supervisor(s). At least one examiner must be a regular faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. At least two (one for PhD students supervised by a Perimeter Institute faculty member) examiners must hold regular faculty appointments at University of Waterloo.
  • The examination will assess the student's knowledge of the fundamentals and applications of the physics closely related to the thesis topic. 
  • A student’s comprehensive exam includes both written and oral components. These components are evaluated by an examining committee constituted for a given student. The examining committee will consist of at least three expert examiners, in accordance with university guidelines. The nonvoting Chair will normally be the program Director or their designate. The Associate Director from the University of Guelph or his/her designate may attend the exam either as an expert examiner or a non-expert examiner.
  • The student’s advisory committee will meet formally with the student during the first year of the PhD program. From this meeting, a list of three areas of physics deemed necessary background for the thesis topic will result and be recorded on the Committee meeting form along with the names of three expert examiners. At the committee meeting, the committee members will specify the level of knowledge expected in each area (eg at the level of the original research literature, review articles or graduate level textbooks). Examiners are encouraged to give to the student explicit examples of references which illustrate the level and knowledge expected.
  • Once the exam date has been scheduled, each of the three expert members of the committee with knowledge of the designated areas, will be asked to set 3 exam questions, each requiring approximately 10 minutes to answer. Along with their questions, the expert examiners will also submit an outline of the answers they expect for their respective questions; this will not only ensure that the questions are of the right length but will also be of help to the non-expert committee member(s) during the exam. Sufficient collaboration should occur among expert examiners to avoid excessive duplication of exam questions.
  • The Chair of the exam (Director or his/her designate) will vet and approve the questions and may request edits to remove overlaps or improve the clarity of questions and/or solutions. All examiners will proofread the final exam. The oral exam is intended to be approximately 90 minutes long but may run longer, if necessary. All questions will normally be covered.
  • The student will have access to the exam in an examination room for up to two hours with a calculator and paper provided to them (if the student so desires) prior to the start of the formal oral examination period. No books or other aids are permitted.
  • In the oral portion of the exam, the student may choose the first question for which he/she will present a solution; the exam will then proceed in the established question order from question 1). Solutions to questions will be presented to the examination committee one at a time without interruption. The examination committee will ask questions and/or provide feedback only after the student has completed his/her presentation of a given question. The student will be assessed separately on the presentation and discussion components of each question and a combined grade will also be recorded by each examiner.
  • The candidate will leave the room while the committee discusses the grades given. The most recent report of the advisory committee and the student's grades in graduate courses will be available to the committee for its deliberations after the examination is finished. Discussion of the candidate's responses to individual questions is expected before arriving at a final recommendation on the outcome of the exam. The result is communicated verbally to the candidate once the decision has been made and is followed by written confirmation, usually within 24 hours.
  • In the case of a conditional pass, the conditions specified may be aimed at improving a weakness in understanding of one or more of the three areas of the exam.
  • Since the oral portion of the exam immediately follows the written part and involves a presentation by the candidate of the written responses to questions, suspected violations of academic integrity during the written exam should be reported to the Chair of the exam who will normally allow the oral portion of the exam to proceed and the potential academic integrity violation will be vetted after the completion of the exam.
  • An acceptable thesis on an advanced research topic must be submitted. The topic of the thesis and the quality of the research will be such as to merit publication in reputable scholarly media.
  • Acceptance of the thesis requires satisfactory completion of a Final Oral Examination.
  • Advisory Committee meetings: it is required that the student meet formally with their Advisory Committee within the first six months of registration and subsequently at least once per year. If the student receives more than one unsatisfactory evaluation from an Advisory Committee meeting, they may be required to withdraw from the program.
  • The student’s supervisor(s); the primary supervisor acts as the Committee Chair.
  • At least one Committee member that is a regular faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. Note: This requirement does not apply for PhD students who are supervised by a Perimeter Institute faculty member with Approved Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor (ADDS) status.
  • At least two Committee members that are regular, adjunct, or cross-listed faculty members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo or the Department of Physics as the University of Guelph.

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Are you interested in applying your expertise across different domains such as defense systems, cyber operations, space exploration, national security analysis, and national health?

Do you love to solve complex engineering, analytical, or research problems?

If you are graduating with a PhD in STEM and want to make critical contributions to critical challenges, we’d love to have you join our team!

We are seeking talented and motivated early career staff to join the Discovery Program, APL’s two-year technical rotation program. The Discovery Program offers a unique opportunity for recent graduates to gain valuable experience in multiple technical areas within APL. In the Discovery Program, you will have the opportunity to hone your skills and explore your interests. You will apply innovative solutions to challenges of national importance, collaborate with experts and other early career professionals, and develop a strong foundation for your career.

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  • Apply your technical skills to meet unique mission needs in your technical rotations.
  • Collaborate with scientists and engineers to drive impact.
  • Grow your technical and professional skills through targeted training courses, experiences, and events.
  • Explore, propose, and refine your novel ideas through the Innovation Ecosystem.

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  • Have a PhD in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), including but not limited to Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Math, or Physics.
  • Have strong technical experience as proven in at least one internship, research experience, or project outside of the classroom.
  • Thrive in a collaborative team environment.
  • Are able to acquire an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately acquire a Secret level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

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  • Have applied your expertise in multiple research experiences, internships, or projects outside of the classroom.
  • Have demonstrated initiative and excelled in technical projects or extracurricular activities.
  • Have a passion for solving complex technical problems as part of a dynamic cross-domain team.

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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

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