Welcome to the Physics Department

The importance of physics in the intellectual and economic life of the 21st century is clear to thoughtful individuals.  The increased use of complex technologies in microelectronics, environmental physics, optics, space and renewable energies, defense, health care, nanotechnology, manufacturing and other industries provides ample evidence that the value of understanding physics will continue to increase for individuals and society.



Faculty Searches in Observational or Experimental Astrophysics and Experimental or Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics. The UNF Physics Department is seeking candidates for three tenure-track faculty positions to start in August 2015. Position one is for an assistant professor in the area of observational or experimental astrophysics. A Ph.D. in physics with a concentration in astrophysics is required. Position two is for two assistant or associate professors in experimental or theoretical condensed matter physics. A Ph.D. in physics with a concentration in condensed matter physics is required. Postdoctoral research experience and the ability to secure external funding are highly desirable. The successful candidates will be able to teach courses throughout the department’s curriculum and will be able to conduct externally fundable research involving undergraduate physics majors. Start-up funds are available. Not including these positions, the department's tenure-track faculty consists of two theoretical astrophysicists, five condensed matter experimentalists, and one condensed matter theorist. A letter of interest, CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and statements of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages) and research interests with an itemized start-up budget (2-3 pages) (uploaded as OTHER DOC) must be submitted online at www.unfjobs.org (position one is #314990 and position two is #312800/332670). In addition to the online application, three letters of reference must be submitted to Dr. Daniel Santavicca at PhysicsSearch@unf.edu or Department of Physics, Science and Engr. Bldg. 50, Room 2600, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32224. Application review will begin on January 5, 2015. The search will continue until the positions are filled. UNF is an EO/EA/AA Institution. 

Welcome to the new faculty in the department this Fall 2014:


Dr. Maitri Warusawithana, assistant professor of physics,  (Post-doc, Penn State and Ph. D. University of Illinois) is an experimental condensed matter physicist with expertise in molecular beam epitaxy and who has acquired two MBE chambers for thin film fabrication to support his research program at UNF.


Dr. Chris Kelso, assistant professor of physics, (Post-doc, University of Utah and Ph. D. University of Chicago) is a theoretical/computational astro-particle physicist with expertise in modelling dark matter. Dr. Kelso will be acquiring a multi-node PC cluster to support his and other UNF physics faculties' research at UNF.


Dr. Sampyo Hong, visiting assistant professor of physics (Post-doc, University of Central Florida and Ph. D. Kansas State University) is a theoretical condensed matter physicist.


Dr. Jeff Hoskins, visiting assistant professor of physics (Ph. D. University of Florida) is an experimental condensed matter physicist.


A new Helium liquefier facility is being installed. We anticipate the facility will be operational Spring 2015.



The Physics Department at UNF endeavors to create learning opportunities for our students, as evidenced by the launch of these initiatives


For the Physics Internship Program, see the Chair of the Department of Physics. Also, note that the host internship and student internship application forms are linked on this page to the top right under "Helfpul Links".






Two-thirds of the UNF physics graduates over the past decade have continued their studies in graduate or professional schools, including the likes of Rice University, Stanford University, Ohio State University, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, University of California-Berkeley, Cologne University in Germany, University of Florida, Florida State University, Mayo Clinic Medical College, and the American University of Beirut. Other graduates have taken positions in national laboratories (Los Alamos, NASA), the military, private industry (e.g., Saft, Vistakon, Saft Battery, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, etc.) and secondary teaching (e.g., Stanton College Preparatory School, Paxon School of Advanced Studies, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, etc.).




Our faculty are noted researchers and contribute regularly to the community at large. 

  • Our faculty have secured research grant sponsorship from national research granting agencies, including NASA, Department of Defense (DOD), Research Corporation, and the National Science Foundation (NSF.)
  • Drs. Thomas Pekarek and Lev Gasparov are Terry Presidential Professors. 



The department has an extraordinary array of major research instruments for a comprehensive university of UNF’s size. The equipment is valued at well over $3 million dollars:

  • Multi-Node PC Cluster (coming soon)
  • Helium liquefier
  • SQUID Magnetometer
  • Two MBE chambers for thin film fabrication
  • Physical Properties Measurement System (PPMS)
  • Raman Spectrometer
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with EDAX and (coming soon) electron beam lithography capabilities
  • Femtosecond Pulsed Laser
  • Two Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM)
  • Thermal and Electron Beam Thin Film Deposition Systems