Berkeley Physics Announces 2 New Faculty Hires

February 10, 2023

Color photos of Raul Briceno and Shimmon Kolkowitz

Berkeley Physics is pleased to announce that two new faculty members have joined the Physics Department:

Raúl Briceño

Raúl Briceño was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2013, he received his PhD in Physics from the University of Washington. He then joined the Center for Theoretical and Computational Physics at Jefferson Lab as a postdoc. In 2016 he became the Nathan Isgur Research Fellow at Jefferson Lab and in 2017 he started an Assistant Professor position at Old Dominion University. His research largely focuses on aspects of theoretical nuclear and particle physics. He joined Berkeley Physics as Assistant Professor in January of 2023 with a joint affiliation in the Nuclear Theory group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. 

Shimon Kolkowitz

Shimon Kolkowitz earned his PhD in experimental physics at Harvard in 2015. He was a postdoctoral fellow at JILA/NIST/CU Boulder. He started a faculty position in the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2018 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2022. Shimon's research focuses on quantum sensing, precision measurement, and metrology. He will join Berkeley Physics in July of 2023 as Associate Professor and is the Roger Herst Professor.