Welcome to the Janice Emens McAdam Department of Physics


The University of Auckland is home to New Zealand's largest Department of Physics. Our students and scientists explore the fundamental properties of the physical world, and tackle problems ranging from searching for planets around other stars to developing new medical imaging devices and laser technologies.

Vice-Chancellors Lecture Series 2018

Organised by the Faculty of Science, this four-lecture series addresses some of the barriers to inclusion, participation and success of diverse groups within, and beyond, education and employment.

Suffrage 125 Science

It's the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand and we're renaming our faculty, schools and departments to honour alumnae of note.

Discover your Science with us

We’re much more than just New Zealand’s top ranked science faculty. We are a diverse collaborative community, full of budding scientists ready to help you discover your passion and what makes you tick.

  • Cyberattacks, cybersecurity and protection
    21 September 2018
    Dr Rizwan Asghar talks about the risk of cyberattacks and how New Zealand must find ways to counter this growing threat. Read his Newsroom article.
  • Major funding for University of Auckland science research
    13 September 2018
    A non-invasive laser probe to detect prostate cancer and developing high-value products from seaweed are just two research projects at the University of Auckland awarded funding from this year’s Endeavour and Smart Ideas science fund allocation.
  • International prize for encouraging diversity
    11 September 2018
    Promoting gender parity in conference speaker line-ups and helping the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland win an award for promoting diversity and inclusivity have won Dr Frederique Vanholsbeeck an award from the Optical Society of America (OSA).
  • Kiwi whiz kid Tristan Pang's next big test
    10 September 2018
    Sixteen-year-old Tristan Pang was 13 when he became the youngest undergraduate to study math at the University of Auckland. The hard-studying Auckland teen has made it his next test to beat a handful of other bright young minds from around the world and take out a coveted science prize. Find out how to support his bid.
  • Biennial Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems 2018 | $10,000
    21 September 2018
    The $10,000 Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems will be awarded for the fifth time in 2018. Applications close 5 pm, 8 October 2018. Find out more.
  • We are looking for a Physics lecturer
    12 September 2018
    The Department of Physics at the University of Auckland invites applications for a position of a two-year, fixed-term, Lecturer/Senior lecturer (US equivalent: Assistant Professor) in Physics. The likely teaching load will be approximately 50 lectures (or equivalent) per semester. Applications close 7 October. Read more.