Prof. Benjamin Lev

Benjamin Lev
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Short CV: 

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, Departments of Physics and Applied Physics, Stanford University 2015 -
  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Applied Physics and Physics (by courtesy), Stanford University 2011 - 2015
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008-2011
  • NRC Postdoc, Group of Jun Ye, JILA & NIST 2006-2007


  • Ph.D. Caltech, Physics, 2005
  • A.B. Princeton, Physics, Magna Cum Laude, 1999

Honors & Awards

  • 2015    Chambers Fellowship (Stanford)
  • 2014    Terman Fellowship (Stanford)
  • 2012    DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA)
  • 2012    Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (YIP)
  • 2011    Terman Fellowship (Stanford)
  • 2010    Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • 2010    Packard Fellowship
  • 2008    National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2008    Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award (YIP)
  • 2004    Everhart Distinguished Graduate Student Lectureship
  • 1999    Allen Goodrich Schenstone Prize for Outstanding Work in Experimental Physics, Department of Physics, Princeton University

Full CV

Research Interests : 


Lev's research focuses on exploring the organizing principles of quantum matter through the development of techniques at the interface of ultracold atomic physics, quantum optics, and condensed matter physics.  
Major achievements include:
-Production and study of the first quantum gases of the most magnetic element, dysprosium.
-Development of the novel SQCRAMscope, a Scanning Quantum CRyogenic Atom Microscope for imaging transport in strongly correlated and topological materials.
-Initial development of the theory of multimode cavity quantum electrodynamical systems as well as the successful construction of an apparatus to explore predicted phenomena; i.e., the physics associated with quantum liquid crystals and spin glasses as well as that associated with computation via dissipative neuromorphic quantum phase transitions. 


Personal Statement: 

Benjamin Lev received his Bachelors degree Magna Cum Laude from Princeton in 1999 and his Ph.D. from Caltech in 2005, both in Physics.  He was an NRC postdoc at JILA (2006-2007), and an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008-2011) before joining the Stanford faculty as an Assistant Professor in Applied Physics and, by courtesy, Physics in 2011.  Benjamin has received a Packard Fellowship and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) as well as NSF CAREER, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, DARPA, Office of Navy Research Young Investigator Program, and Terman and awards.  

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