The Department of Physics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA, invites applications and nominations for the Robert Richardson Endowed Professorship in experimental physics of atoms, molecules, and condensed matter. The Robert Richardson professorship is a tenured senior position to be held by a distinguished scientist with a strong record of accomplishment in both research and teaching. It is anticipated that the appointment will begin on or after September 1, 2018.
The vast majority of natural phenomena encountered in everyday life can be described in terms of nonlinear equations, which are often a consequence of a complex set of interactions among microscopic elements. Even when the nature of those interactions is well understood, the collective, macroscopic effects can be surprising.
Many systems in nature are composed of strongly interacting components. In the quantum regime, examples include atomic nuclei, ultra-cold atoms, quantum liquids, and new exotic states of matter, such as the quark-gluon plasma and high-temperature superconductors.
A revolution in our understanding of quantum mechanics and its applications is shaping the future of fundamental science and engineering. Quantum physics determines the ultimate miniaturization scale and operating principles of nano-devices that function at single electron, single spin, single molecule, or single photon levels.
The application of physics to biology represents one of the most rapidly growing frontiers of physics. In fact, some of the most interesting unsolved problems in all of science are related to biology and physics such as: How did life arise and does life exist elsewhere in the universe? How are living creatures able to reproduce themselves faithfully over hundreds of millions of years?
The search for the fundamental laws and explanations of natural phenomena often leads to technological breakthroughs of great benefit to society. In many cases, physicists also directly address important technological challenges in engineering, medicine, communications, information processing, finance, environmental science, and national security.
Over the past century experimental observations and theory developments have driven remarkable changes in our understanding of the laws that govern the behavior of matter at small distances and the character of large cosmological structures. These two apparent disparate domains of nature are connected when theories of fundamental particles and forces on the microscopic scale are applied to the evolution of the universe.
Our department works with colleagues to tackle some of the big questions regarding physics
Our 10 research areas are supported by other depart- ments, labs and organizations
Our faculty and affiliated labs concentrate further on those areas of departmental research