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Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University

Physics explains the natural world in the most universal manner possible. Physicists look for the hidden symmetries that underlie and govern the multitude of phenomena in the world around us. Our department has active research programs in areas ranging from theoretical astrophysics and observational astronomy to complex systems, condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, and high-energy physics.

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Biological Physics/Complex Systems

The Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications for a faculty position in all areas of theoretical and experimental biological physics and complex systems. Continue reading here.

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Prof. Adilson Motter receives the 2013 Erdős-Rényi Prize

Adilson E. Motter was honored for his work in complex networks, particularly for "his groundbreaking contributions to the study of synchronization phenomena and the control of cascading failures in complex networks."

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Congratulations to Joan Marler on Her New Faculty Position

Former Northwestern Physics Postdoc Joan Marler has begun her new position as an assistant professor at Clemson University, where she will begin a new experimental project with trapped ultracold ions. 

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Physics Review Letters Features Work From the Ketterson Lab

Physics Review Letters (Volume 111, Number 7) featured work on the ferromagnetic resonant properties of a two-dimensional artificial quasicrystal by Seongjae Lee, Graduate Student Joe Sklenar, Prof. John Ketterson, and their collaborators at the University of Kentucky Lexington.

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September 16, 2013