Thesis projects, Teaching philosophy and courses

Morten Hjorth-Jensen [1, 2]

[1] Department of Physics, University of Oslo, Norway
[2] Department of Physics and Astronomy and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, Michigan State University, USA

Jan 26, 2018


Thesis projects

Mst of the projects listed below can form the basis for a Master of Science thesis or a longer PhD thesis. The topics listed below reflect to a large extent my own interests and research topics. Below you will also find links to actual thesis projects.

Large-scale diagonalization methods and quantum mechanical systems

Studies of dense nuclear matter

Time-evolution of quantum-mechanical systems

Molecular dynamics and computational structural biology

Many-body methods and quantum computing

Many-body methods and machine learning

Theoretical aspects of many-body methods

High-performance computing and quantum-mechanical systems

Computing in science education research problems

Quantum chromodynamics and effective field theories on the lattice

You can read more here about the above topics, with explict proposal for thesis topics.

Courses, study programs and educational initiatives

I am strongly involved in teaching at all levels. I have been heading the bachelor program Physics, Astronomy and Meteorology ( FAM ) in the period 2002-2011. I am also strongly involved in the project Computing in Science Education. Furthermore, with European and American colleagues, we have established the recent successful Nuclear Talent initiative. Recently, with colleagues in Oslo, we have started a new multi-disciplinary Master of Science program in Computational Science.

Please feel free to come by and discuss. I teach now the following courses at the University of Oslo and Michigan State University:

I have also developed a course on many-body physics at the University of Oslo, I have also taught quantum physics, statistical mechanics and more specialized courses on Field theory during the last (almost) three decades as a university employee (as graduate student and permanent staff).

Commitment to education:

I have a strong commitment to education at all levels. This is reflected in several education recognitions during the last two decades:

  1. University of Oslo award for excellence in teaching, 2000
  2. University of Oslo award for excellence in teaching for the Computing in Science Education project, 2011
  3. NOKUT (Norwegian entity of quality assessment in higher education) award for excellence in teaching for the Computing in Science Education project, 2012
  4. University of Oslo award for excellence in teaching for developing the Computational Physics group, 2015
  5. Favorite graduate teacher, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University, 2016
  6. Since 1999 I have established an activity in computational physics at the Department of Physics at the University of Oslo. I have also started from scratch and developed several courses on computational physics and many-body physics. This activity was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching award from the University of Oslo in 2015. During the last fifteen years I have guided 48 Master of Science of students (28 have continued with PhD studies) and twelve PhD students. I currently supervise twelve Master of Science students at the University of Oslo. I supervise four PhD students at Michigan State University.
  7. With colleagues at the University of Oslo, I have been strongly involved in the development of a totally new teaching philosophy which merges computation with the traditional science amd mathematics curriculum . This project is called Computing in Science Education and has received considerable support from the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Ministry of research and education. It received the University of Oslo award for excellence in teaching in 2011 and the NOKUT award in 2012.
  8. With colleagues from the USA and other European countries, we have started the Nuclear Talent initiate":"http://www.nucleartalent.org", where we aim at providing an advanced and comprehensive training to graduate students and young researchers in low-energy nuclear theory. The network aims at developing a broad curriculum that will provide the platform for a cutting-edge theory for understanding nuclei and nuclear reactions. Within 2016 the initiative has run and developing eleven courses. I chaired the steering committee from its beginning in 2010 till 2015.
  9. I have also chaired an initiative on, High-performance computing courses at UiO, 2000-2003, as well as having been a board member of the Bachelor program Mathematics, Information theory and Technology at the University of Oslo, 2002-2008 and the Leader of the Bachelor program Physics, Astronomy and Meteorology at the University of Oslo, 2002-2011.
  10. I initiated and lead the new Master of Science program on Computational Science at the University of Oslo. This is a new and multi-disciplinary program across several disciplines at the College of Natural Science of the University of Oslo. It includes now seven departments at the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Oslo.
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