Professor Simon Brown


Professor of Physics
Department's "Innovation Champion"

On sabbatical 2nd Semester 2015


Ph.D. (Cambridge)


608, Physics and Astronomy

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364-2507
Internal Phone: 6507

Postal address:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Canterbury,
Private Bag 4800,
New Zealand


Simon was an undergraduate at Victoria University of Wellington and has a Ph.D. from Cambridge in the U.K. He spent 6 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of NSW in Sydney, and a year at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver before moving to Canterbury in 1998. His research interests have evolved from magnetism to semiconductor devices to atomic clusters.

Simon is also the Deputy Director for Commercialisation and Industry Engagement at The MacDiarmid Institute.


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Physics PhD scholarship available-deadline 7 June 2015

Scanning Tunneling Microscopy studies of rare earth nitrides and related materials

This is an opportunity to explore how new rare earth nitride materials can be made and how they can be probed using scanning tunneling microscopy.

The successful candidate will have enthusiasm, a good honours or masters degree in physics (or related subject), and a desire to work in a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment. The successful candidate will be a member of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a national Center of Research Excellence the provides may collaborative opportunities and a thriving environment to work in. The scholarship is worth $27,000 per annum and includes all student fees. The research will take place at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch , which has recently been rated as one the world’s top 10 cities to visit by Lonely Planet.

Please note that all applications must include:
- A full Curriculum Vitae, INCLUDING your University transcript (i.e. list of grades awarded).
- The names of at least two people who are prepared to act as referees.
- Evidence of your English language ability.
- A clear statement about when you would expect to be able to come to NZ.

Only applications received before the deadline of 7 June 2015 will be considered. All applications should be emailed to

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