Ilya Sochnikov

Assistant Professor


Research Interests

Ilya studies emergent phenomena in several condensed matter systems. The main tool for these experiments is the state of the art magnetic SQUID microscopy. In this context emergent phenomena includes quantum phase transitions. An emergence of a new phenomenon or a phase transition may occur when interactions in the materials are tuned via chemical, mechanical, or electromagnetic knobs. The material systems of an immediate interest include topological insulators, superconductors, and frustrated magnets.


  • Ph.D., Physics, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 2012
  • M.Sc., Physics, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 2006
  • B.Sc., Physics & Computer Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 2006


  • 2015-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut
  • 2011-2015: Moore Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • 2002-2011: Research & Teaching Assistant, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • 2010 & 2007: Visiting Researcher, Oxide Molecular Beam Epitaxy Group, Brookhaven National Laboratory


  • 2009-2011¬†Eshkol Fellowship, Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology
  • 2008-2009 Excellence in Research Award & Fellowship, Institute for Nanotechnology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • 2006-2009 President’s Graduate Fellowship, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Contact Information
Mailing AddressDept. of Physics, University of Connecticut unit 3046, 196 Auditorium Road, Storrs, CT 06269-3046
Office LocationS209