Gig Guide: Biercuk leaves USyd quantum lab

Brandon How

Q-CTRL founder and chief executive Professor Michael Biercuk is stepping away from his role at the University of Sydney to fully commit to the global growth of his business.

Professor Biercuk has spent nearly 14 years as a Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology at the University of Sydney and founded Q-CTRL at the end of 2017 to commercialise research undertaken at the Quantum Control Laboratory (QCL).

Dr Ting Rei Tan and Dr Robert Wolf are taking over leadership of the Laboratory with Professor Biercuk expected to continue working with the lab as a collaborator. Both Dr Tan and Dr Wolf were research fellows at QCL and are now Junior faculty members.

Professor Biercuk said handing over leadership of the QCL was “bittersweet ”, having helped establish the world-leading research effort. The laboratory was a part of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems and collaborates with Q-CTRL.

“Now quantum control is the basis of many academic and commercial efforts in the quantum field, including my ongoing work at Q-CTRL. When I started it was little more than a niche of a niche discipline. I’m proud to have played a small role alongside some extraordinary international peers building the discipline within academia,” Professor Biercuk said on LinkedIn.

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