Professor of Physics at the University of Jordan (UJ), Nidal Ershaidat received his Bachelor degree in Science from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6, Paris, France, in 1980. Three years late, he earned a Master's degree and Doctorate of 3rd cycle in Nuclear physics from Université Paris -Sud, Orsay, France, in 1983. After finishing his military service (1984-1986), he worked at the Physics Department at Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, as a lecturer till 1991, when he was awarded a scholarship by the European Union for a second doctorate at l'Université Pierre et Marie Curie and received his degree with High Honor in 1995. He worked for his research, at the "Centre Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire", CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.
Prof. Ershaidat is ranked first in the highly cited researchers at UJ (and in Jordan). This is the sum of his entire academic and research activity of a career of 25 years in physics and especially in nuclear and high energy physics.
From March 1995 till Jan. 2016, he was assistant, associate, and professor at Yarmouk University. He was appointed professor at the Physics Department at the University of Jordan in January 2016 and now has a tenure position since May 2017.
Prof. Ershaidat also spent two "very exciting" years (Sep. 2008-Sep. 2010) as a senior researcher at the Laboratoire de Physique Nucléaire et de Hautes Energies (LPNHE - Université Paris 6 and CNRS), becoming a visiting senior physicist at Fermilab (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory), Batavia, IL, USA, as member of the international collaboration CDF. He worked on one of the hot topics in research in the field of high energy physics (HEP), namely: The search of CP violation in the Bs sector. The result of this work was the co-authoring of 143 papers in the field.
Prof. Ershaidat served as reviewer of the Jordan Journal of Physics, Springer Journal: "Environmental Geology", Elsevier Journals: "Journal of Environmental Radioactivity", "Science of the Total Environment", and "Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment", and SAGE Journal: "Indoor and Built Environment".
He has also supervised and examined 34 M.A. and 2 Ph.D. theses at the University of Jordan and other local universities.
Prof. Ershaidat is the recipient of many awards and honors, including "The Distinguished Scholar Award" from the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development Fellowships Program, Arab League, Kuwait, Sep. 2009; Competitive "Research Grant" awarded by the SRTD (Support to Research and Technological development & Innovation Initiative & Strategies in Jordan) project – Higher Council for Science and Technology, Jordan, April 2009; and the "Best Academic Performance at Yarmouk University 2007 Award", May, 2008. He was the first Jordanian to be awarded the "Médaille de l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie", Paris, France, 1984, for his active participation in the 50th Anniversary of Artificial Radioactivity.
Prof. Ershaidat is a highly accomplished scholar with 226 scientific journal articles, 5 textbooks, and 8 abstracts and articles presented to conferences and workshops.
His research interest includes Particle Physics & Nuclear Astrophysics, Beam Dynamics, Elemental analysis using the XRF & Gamma-rays techniques, and Environmental Radon studies (Mapping and Modeling).
Prof. Ershaidat lives by the principle that “we are all equal. Cultural, gender, religious, political, and generally all differences between the inhabitants of this beautiful planet must be an enrichment for human kind not a source of perpetual misery and distress”.
His best advice to his students is "Work harder". He believes strongly in the future of the young generations. "Progress of any society is highly related to the efforts done for and by its young men and women. They have all potential, and should seek all means, to think by themselves, choose their way in life, and be active members of the society" he says.