Nirmal J Ghimire

Associate Professor, Physics

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438 Nieuwland Science Hall

Curriculum Vitae


Nirmal J. Ghimire received his PhD from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN in 2013. During PhD, he spent three years as a graduate research assistant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was a postdoctoral research associate in Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2013 – 2015. From 2015 – 2018 he was a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory. From 2018 - 2023 he was an assistant professor at George Mason University. He joined Notre Dame  in 2023, where he is currently an Associate Professor.


  • PhD, University of Tennessee at Knoxville (2013)


  • 2021: National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2020: Dean's Award for Early Career Excellence, College of Science, George Mason University
  • 2015: Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Argonne National Laboratory 
  • 2015: Seaborg Fellowship, Seaborg Institute, Los Alamos National Laboratory 
  • 2013: Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise, The University of Tennessee
  • 2009: Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Tennessee

Research Interests

Dr. Ghimire’s research focuses in discovering and understanding novel emergent phenomena in quantum materials via designing and synthesizing materials and measuring their magnetic and transport properties. The systems of interest include topological insulators, Dirac and Weyl (semi)metals, correlated topological materials and chiral magnets.