Dr Jose Luis Verdu Galiana


Jose Luis Verdu Galiana

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Job title: Senior Lecturer
Division: Department of Physics & Astronomy
Organisation: University of Sussex
Tags: Fellowship: Early Career Fellowship
Related theme: Physical Sciences Quantum technologies


I did my PhD at the University of Mainz, working on ion traps. I then moved to Heidelberg, where I worked on matter-wave interferometry experiments. In 2007-2008 I was a Marie Curie fellow at the Vienna University of Technology, working on hybrid quantum systems. In 2009 I became a member of faculty at the University of Sussex.

My Fellowship

My fellowship aims at developing a practical single microwave photon detector. An efficient detector of single microwave photons is a fundamental tool still missing in quantum technology. Such detectors are essential for determining the quantum state of GHz radiation fields and thus they are vital for quantum communication/information applications with microwaves.

While several alternatives based upon semiconductor and superconductor technologies have been proposed for building such a detector, the first observations of a single microwave photons where achieved with trapped electrons ('geonium atoms')  acting as transducers.

The core of our pioneering quantum microwave sensor is the 'Geonium Chip'. This is a novel ion trap technology that enables capturing electrons for long periods of time. The goal of the fellowship
is to implement a practical and functional system, that is, a stand-alone device ready for real applications beyond academic research. The EPSRC QT fellowship is an essential tool that will allow me and my team to develop a very competitive quantum technology

Motivation to Apply

An EPSRC fellowship is a very competitive research award, highly acknowledged internationally, and which opens a very good opportunity for developing a world-leading research activity. It strongly encourages originality, independence and scientific leadership. It also provides substantial means, which (in experimental physics) are essential for attracting the most talented students and collaborators. All these make Fellowships one of the best opportunities available for a scientist with independent, even unconventional ideas but a strong will and commitment to see them become a reality.

Career benefits of Fellowship

The fellowship is a fundamental tool for establishing a world-leading experimental group. While very competitive, it opens a fast and very efficient way to obtain the necessary funds required for developing a world-leading experiment. I believe that the fellowship is going to trigger a very important boost in my scientific career.

The fellowship has already allowed me to team up with world-leading industry partners. It will also provide much bigger visibility to my research among other academics, in the UK and overseas. It will thus increase very significantly the academic, economic and societal impact of my work.

Advice for future applicants

Take your time to think about what you can do, what your real scientific interests are and what motivates you to do research. Invest as long as you need to develop your ideas and a reasonable plan to implement them. Be creative, be original, think differently, and (most importantly) write an interesting, exciting and readable case for support. Look for potential partners, particularly for world-leading ones and try to have them enthusiastically engaged with your project. This will make your case look much, much stronger.