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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.