Jennifer Hoffman

Hertz Fellow: Jennifer Hoffman

University of California, Berkeley

Area of Study


Fellowship Years

2001 - 2003

Jennifer Hoffman is an Associate Professor of Physics at Harvard University. She uses scanning probe microscopy techniques to image and manipulate the electronic and magnetic properties of exotic materials such as high-temperature superconductors and topological insulators. The macroscopic properties of these materials, which determine their utility in future technologies, derive from poorly understood nanoscale processes. Hoffman explores these nanoscale processes by, for example, imaging the scattering of electron waves off single atom defects or manipulating single quanta of magnetic flux.

After completing a BA at Harvard (1999), a PhD at the University of California in Berkeley (2003), and brief postdoctoral work at Stanford, Jennifer has been on the faculty at Harvard since 2005. She is the recipient of the PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award in Science & Engineering), the NSF Career Award, the Sloan Fellowship, and the Radcliffe Fellowship. She is also an excellent teacher and mentor, who has won the Spark Award “for inspiring the next generation of women in science”, the Fannie Cox Award for “outstanding teaching in introductory science courses,” and the Roslyn Abramson Award for “excellence and sensitivity in teaching undergraduates.”

Jennifer is also a competitive long-distance runner, who has finished an Ironman, several 100-mile trail races, and several 24-hour running events. Her fastest 100-mile time is just under 19 hours, and her best 24-hour run was over 126 miles (that's 100 miles + a marathon).


2003 - A Search for Alternative Electronic Order in the High Temperature Superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy