Graduate Program in Physics

The graduate program at IF-UFRJ is recognized as one of the best options for graduate physics education in Brazil.

We offer a solid formation in physics, enabling its graduates for scientific and technological innovation. Our faculty members, postdocs and graduate students develop research at the frontier of knowledge in a very large range of experimental and theoretical topics.

The research activities of the graduate program are grouped into four areas of concentration:

Our graduate program offers fellowships to foreign students. The admission process is organized in the framework of UNIPOS-RIO, the unified selection process of the graduate physics courses in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Foreign students are encouraged to apply and allowed to do the written admission exam in english in their own countries.

Board of Graduate Studies

Head of graduate studies : Paulo Américo Maia Neto

Director’s Representative on the Board:  Miguel Alexandre Novak

(Full) Members

Daniel Miranda

Henrique Boschi Filho

Ioav Waga

José d’Albuquerque e Castro

Ruynet Lima de Matos Filho

(Deputy) Members

Marcelo Martins Sant’Anna

Sandra Filippa Amato

(Full) Members (students)

Daniel Niemeyer  (daniel@if.ufrj.br)

Marcelo Vargas (vargas@if.ufrj.br)

(Deputy) Members (students)

Maurício Hippert (mauricioht@globo.com)

Elvis Soares (esoares@if.ufrj.br)

Technical and Administrative Staff

Carlos José Borges Delgado (case@if.ufrj.br)

Ellen Costa (ellen@if.ufrj.br)

Maria Celeste de Jesus (celeste@if.ufrj.br)

Email contact:

pos@if.ufrj.br

Angelo Márcio de Souza Gomes

Antonio Carlos Fontes dos Santos

Armando Nazareno Faria Aleixo

Belita Koiller

Bruno de Souza Paula

Carla Brenda Bonifazi

Carlos Farina de Souza

Claudio Lenz Cesar

Clovis José Wotzasek

Daniel Miranda

Dominique Givord

Edivaldo Moura Santos

Eduardo Cantera Marino

Eduardo Chaves Montenegro

Eduardo Souza Fraga

Elis Helena de Campos Pinto Sinnecker

Erasmo Madureira Ferreira

Erica Ribeiro Polycarpo Macedo

Fabrício Toscano

Felipe Arruda de Araújo Pinheiro 

Felipe Siqueira da Rosa

Ginette Jalbert de Castro Faria

Henrique Boschi Filho

Herch Moysés Nussenzveig

Hugo Milward Riani de Luna

Ioav Waga

João Ramos Torres de Mello Neto

José d’Albuquerque e Castro

Kazuyoshi Akiba

Leandro Salazar de Paula

Luca Roberto Augusto Moriconi

Luis Ghivelder

Luiz Davidovich

Luiz Felipe Alvahydo de Ulhôa Canto

Marcello Barbosa da Silva Neto

Marcelo Martins Sant’Anna

Maurício Pamplona Pires

Mauro Melchiades Dória

Miguel Alexandre Novak

Miguel Boavista Quartin

Miriam Mendes Gandelman

Mohammed El Massalami

Monica P. Bahiana

Murilo Santana Rangel

Nathan Bessa Viana

Nelson Ricardo de Freitas Braga

Nelson Velho de Castro Faria

Nicim Zagury

Paulo Américo Maia Neto

Paulo Henrique Souto Ribeiro

Raimundo Rocha dos Santos

Raul Edgardo Rapp

Rodrigo Barbosa Capaz

Ruynet Lima Matos Filho

Said Salem Sugui Junior

Sandra Filippa Amato

Sergio Eduardo de Carvalho Eyer Jorás

Sergio Luiz Alves de Queiroz

Sérgio Ricardo de Azevedo Souza

Stephen Patrick Walborn

Takeshi Kodama

Tatiana Gabriela Rappoport

Terezinha de Jesus Stuchi

Thereza Cristina de Lacerda Paiva

Tomoi Koide

Wania Wolff

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The graduate course in physics at UFRJ was created in the seventies. The Master program was accredited in 1978 by the Federal Council of Education. From 1970 to 2012, 272 dissertations were defended. The Doctoral program began in 1979 and was accredited in 1983. From then until the end of 2012, 236 doctoral theses were defended.

Research at IF-UFRJ is funded by the state agency FAPERJ and several federal agencies, including CNPq, FINEP (Ministery of Science and Technology) and CAPES (Ministery of Education). The latter also supports the graduate program with research grants for students through the funding program PROEX.

The first research laboratories were created in the 70s and different experimental and theoretical groups were organized. Since the mid 90s, research was reinforced with the admission of new faculty members. Several laboratories were created around this time: the Atomic and Molecular Collisions Lab (LACAM), the Quantum Optics Lab (LQO), Optical Tweezers Lab (LPO) , the Super-Spectroscopy Lab – LASER (cold atoms), among others.

Our graduate course has been funded by the PROEX-CAPES federal program, which promotes graduate programs graded 6 or 7 (highest grades), since its creation in the late 90s. This set of projects ensures the continuity of the research activities carried out at IF-UFRJ and has, in the recent past, promoted a significant expansion of the infrastructure of our research laboratories and computing capacity.

Graduate program in Physics – Application Process

Click here to see the results for admission in the first semester of 2015.

For more details see UNIPOSRIO – the Unified Examination for the Graduate Degrees in Physics in Rio de Janeiro.


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