Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree

Talented and motivated graduate students are encouraged to pursue advanced research topics, leading to a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics. PhD students investigate and specialize in their research field of interest, culminating in a Ph.D. Thesis and becoming world experts in their field. A Ph.D. student is trained to become an independent researcher, and is expected to generate high-quality research results that get published in leading peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. Ph.D. students also partake in teaching activities, as part of their training.

Ph.D. research in Applied Physics at The Hebrew University offers students exciting opportunities extending over a diverse range of subjects in Physics and Engineering. The primary areas of experimental research are nano-photonics, quantum optics, nanometric quantum devices, light-matter interactions, optical communication networks and devices, ultrafast lasers and processes, optoelectronics, spintronics, quantum computation and simulation, terahertz spectroscopy, biophysics, advanced optical microscopy and acousto-optic interactions. Our goal is to educate the next generation of leading scientists and innovators in Physics and Engineering, both in academia and in high-tech. We strive to set high standards for our students, while providing them with leading learning and research environments and facilities required to reach these standards, to allow each student to reach their full potential.

Ph.D. studies require the candidate to identify a Thesis Advisor, who is a member of the faculty, under whose guidance the research will be conducted. Joint supervision is possible for interdisciplinary research, providing additional diversity to our program. The best practice for the interested candidate is to directly contact the faculty member who they wish will serve as their advisor. The Department is committed to fostering an inclusive environment and attracting the widest possible range of talents, including local and international students, with emphasis on women and underrepresented minorities.

Students are accepted to the Ph.D. program following an M.Sc. Degree in a related field, or excellent M.Sc. students can be offered to pursue a direct-track to the Ph.D. Degree.  Students are given a generous stipend and opportunities for teaching-assistant positions, to enable full concentration on research along with important TA experience. Ph.D. students are governed by the rules set forth by the Authority for Research Students (link to: ).