We are recruiting !!

Post-doctoral Researcher: We are currently looking to hire one post-doc who has a background in photo-emission spectroscopy. Please contact Jyoti Katoch.

Graduate students: We are looking for highly motivated and hard-working students to carry out research in the field of low-dimensional solid state systems . Please send an email or stop by the office if you are interested in joining the group. 

Undergraduate students: Contact us if you want to learn (or just explore for fun....) the exciting physics of novel condensed matter systems and their atomically thin nano-devices. Depending on your interest, you will have the opportunity to learn about: advance nano-device fabrication, epitaxial material growth techniques,  layer by layer assembly of van der Waals hetero-structures, quantum magneto-transport, spintronics devices, optical/photo-emission spectroscopy, magnetization dynamics and surface science techniques. Please send an email if you are interested in joining the group.


Principal Investigators






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Igor received his Ph. D. in Physics from the Ohio State University in 2018 where he studied magnetic proximity effects at the interfaces of 2D materials and thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). In addition to research, he enjoys designing and engineering unique scientific instrumentation which allows his fellow scientists accomplish their ambitious experiments. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, video games, motorcycle racing and table tennis.



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Ryan is a second year graduate student from Washington D.C.  While his primary interests are in experimental condensed matter, he enjoys hiking, playing basketball, soccer and ultimate frisbee, photography, and playing the bass.  Ryan can frequently be found in the lab or somewhere in Wean or Doherty Hall. 

Dana Peirce

Dana is a first year grad student from Portland, Maine. She graduated from Bowdoin College where she was a member of the women's rugby team. Now, however, she prefers to stay active by hiking and exploring Pittsburgh. Dana's research interests are in experimental condensed matter and thin film growth using MBE.

Malavika Varma

Malavika is a first-year grad student from Kerala, India. She graduated from IISER Kolkata with a BS-MS in Physics. Malavika's research interests are in studies of spin in condensed matter systems. Outside of physics, she enjoys reading fiction, painting, travelling and trivia nights.


Undergraduate students


Jacob is a senior in the Physics and Mechanical Engineering programs at CMU. His interests include astrophysics, particle physics, mechanical design, and mechatronics. He's a member of the Men's Water Polo Team and spends whatever free time he can get playing video games and watching movies.

(2) Christian Frech

(3) Yifan Zhao (Amy)

(4) Miriam Marino

(5) Mark Coopershlyak


Exchange students and visitors

(1) Gen Li (07/2019 - 10/2019)

(Exchange student from University of Science and Technology of China)


Alumni and past members


Last known position : MS in ECE, CMU