Dr. Jonathan Stern

School of Physics and Astronomy
ביה"ס לפיזיקה ואסטרונומיה סגל אקדמי בכיר


Dr Jonathan Stern has broad interests in theoretical astrophysics, with particular emphasis on the physics of galaxy formation and evolution, accreting massive black holes known as active galactic nuclei and how they interact with their environment, and interstellar, circumgalactic, and intergalactic media. To understand these systems, he uses a multi-tier approach including ‘pen and paper’ analytic modelling, detailed microphysics and radiation-transfer calculations, large-scale numerical hydrodynamic simulations, and inference from / predictions for observational data.


  • B. Sc. in Electrical Engineering (magna cum laude), Technion, Israel, 2007

  • Ph.D. Astrophysics, Technion, Israel, 2013

Academic Appointments

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy, 2013-2017

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, 2017-2020

  • Research Assistant at Tel-Aviv University, 2020-2021

  • Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor), Tel Aviv University, 2021-Today

Awards and Prizes

  • Special award for best research project, 2002 (IDF)

  • Technion Excellence Program, 2005-2007

  • B.Sc. graduation, magna cum laude, 2007

  • Max Planck Institute for Astronomy postdoctoral fellowship, 2013

  • Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral prize fellowship, 2014

  • Ernst Patzer prize for outstanding MPIA publication, 2015

  • CIERA prize fellowship for postdoctoral researchers, 2017

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