The Department of Physics and Astronomy
Physics and Astronomy is about understanding the behaviour of matter: from the scale of subatomic particles to that of the Universe itself, and encompassing everything in between, such as the materials we use to make almost everything around us, and the stars and galaxies. The Department works in areas of fundamental science and in applications, and this informs all our teaching and research. Key application areas are in medical physics and nanoelectronic devices, and our fundamental focus is on cosmology, theoretical particle physics, and astronomy, but in many cases work bridges fundamental science and applications, and our program in atmospheric physics is a good example of this.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the larger departments at the University of Canterbury and has a vibrant culture of teaching and research. We have 13 continuing academic staff, 14 support staff, and more than 30 research students.
If you want further information on courses, the policies and procedures the Department follows, or about particular research areas, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will arrange for you to see the most appropriate person. We welcome your enquiries, and welcome your participation: we invite you aboard.
University of Canterbury flies high in stellar new partnership with China Southern Airlines
21 April 2017 Asia’s largest airline has joined the University of Canterbury (UC) in a new partnership which will benefit Tekapo and the Mackenzie District. (read article)
Science study at UC doesn’t just take place in a lecture theatre or lab. Find out what Laura is researching at our Cass Field Station, an amazing facility for students.
Introduction to John Hearnshaw
John Hearnshaw is a professor of astronomy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. John's main areas of research are in stellar spectroscopy and detection of exo-planets.
Introduction to Cliff Franklin
Cliff Franklin is a lab technician at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Introduction to Karen Pollard
Dr. Karen Pollard is involved in researching 'The music of the stars' by looking at modes of non radial pulsations within the stars.
Introduction to David Wiltshire
David Wiltshire is a professor of physics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. David's main area of research is on explaining dark energy and developing cosmological models that do not require its presence to drive an expanding universe.
Introduction to Anthony Butler
Dr. Anthony Butler works on the MARS project at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Job Vacancy - Biomedical Physics
Applications are invited for the continuing position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Candidates should hold a PhD or an appropriate equivalent qualification in Physics/Biophysics/Medical Physics and have demonstrated potential for research in Biomedical Physics with expertise in Radiation Physics. Click here for more information.
PhD Scholarships in Physics - 2 opportunities in Nanotechnology
- A Computer Chip that thinks like the Brain - view description here
- Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Topological Nanostructures - view description here
Adrian McDonald joins the Deep South science leadership teamProcessess and Observations Science lead here .
David Wiltshire secures Catalyst seeding grantDavid has been successful in obtaining a Catalyst seeding grant to start a new collaboration with Thomas Buchert's group at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon, on "Relativistic Lagrangian perturbation theory and foundations of early Universe cosmology".
Other news and departmental notices can be found here.
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