Assistant Physics Professor Cover Letter

July 16, 2011

Professor Christopher Miller
Director, Laboratory of Solid State Physics
New Road, Mexico
Attention: Experimental Physics Search

Dear Professor Miller:

I am responding to your advertisement for an assistant professor in experimental condensed matter physics and have enclosed my CV, publication list, and a statement of research interests for your review.

Some highlights of my research achievements include the following:

  • Resolved a long-standing controversy about the nature of wide bands in rare earth-based, inter-metallic compounds by incorporating high-resolution photoemission, which was cited in multiple papers in professional journals, including Nature and Science. 
  • Mapped electronic and magnetic nature in Fe/Cr nanowedges by conducting depth-resolved hard X-ray standing wave spectroscopy with bright elliptically polarized light. This work decorated the front page of Science as the work of the year for 2003. 
  • Obtained the world record tunneling magnetoresistance and excellent thermal stabilities in metallic tunnel junctions by introducing a new type of deposition process and materials. This work is patented and appeared in Science and Physics magazines. 

In my present position as a research associate professor at Cornell University, I have made several scientific and technological breakthroughs in the development of magnetic random-access memory devices. My work has not only made substantial contributions to the development of high-speed, high-density, low-power, and non-volatile magnetic devices, but also provided a fundamental understanding of the microscopic underlying mechanisms in the transport properties and the electronic structure of state-of-the-art magnetic nanostructures.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration. I look forward to discussing how my experience, credentials, and achievements meet your departmental needs.


David Harris

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