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Michael J. Biercuk

Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology, University of Sydney

Prof. Michael J. Biercuk is an experimental physicist and Director of the Quantum Control Laboratory.

Michael was educated in the United States, earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Harvard University. From 2005-2008 Michael served as a full-time scientific consultant to DARPA, where he specialized in quantum information science and next-generation microprocessor architectures. Following his time in DC, Michael returned to the laboratory working in the Ion Storage Group at NIST, Boulder.

Michael is a regular contributor to both the technical literature and the popular press, providing commentary on issues pertaining to science policy and the role of science in society.


  • 2017–present
    Professor, University of Sydney
  • 2013–2016
    Associate professor, University of Sydney
  • 2010–2013
    Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
  • 2008–2010
    Research Scientist, Ion Storage Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • 2005–2008
    Scientific Consultant, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency


  • 2005 
    Harvard University, PhD, Physics
  • 2003 
    Harvard University, AM, Physics
  • 2001 
    University of Pennsylvania, BA, Physics

Research Areas

  • Atomic And Molecular Physics (020201)
  • Quantum Information, Computation And Communication (020603)
  • Nanoelectronics (100705)
  • Nanomaterials (100708)
  • Nanofabrication, Growth And Self Assembly (100706)
  • Lasers And Quantum Electronics (020502)
  • Quantum Optics (020604)
  • Quantum Physics (0206)