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  • Associate Professor of Physics
  • Chair of Physics and Astronomy


  • BA, University California Berkeley, 1998
  • MA, University California Berkeley, 2000
  • PhD, University California Berkeley, 2005


Research: my research interests include precision atomic spectroscopy, femtosecond frequency combs, atomic clocks and magnetometers. I am currently setting up a lab for precision atomic spectroscopy utilizing a femtosecond frequency comb.

Recent Courses

  • Physics 058: The Charm and Strangeness of Particle Physics
  • Physics 110: Mechanics and Relativity Workshop/Labs
  • Physics 111: Electricity, Magnetism, & Thermodynamics
  • Physics 104: Elementary Physics II Labs
  • Physics 316: Optics
  • Physics 311: Electricity and Magnetism


National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow 2005-2007

Optical Frequency Measurements Group
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder Colorado

Ph.D. in Physics University of California at Berkeley 2005

Dissertation Title: Progress Towards Parity Nonconservation in Ytterbium
Thesis Advisors: Dmitry Budker and Stuart Freedman

M.A. in Physics University of California at Berkeley 2000
B.A. in Physics University of California at Berkeley 1998


  • Jason Stalnaker Receives Grant

    June 22, 2017

    Jason Stalnaker, associate professor of physics, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to look for dark matter.  The grant is a collaboration with Derek Jackson Kimball at California State University, East Bay. The funds will be used to establish a precision optical magnetometer at Oberlin College that will be a part of a global network of optical magnetometers looking for anomalous spin couplings due to dark matter.


STRONG Returns for Its Fourth Year

September 20, 2018
STRONG launched its fourth program this summer, bringing together students from underrepresented demographics in STEM and Oberlin professors through research.