Michael Biercuk

Michael J. Biercuk is Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology at the University of Sydney, and Founder of Q-CTRL, a quantum technology company.

His group is working to develop a new generation of advanced technologies powered by the strangest phenomena in quantum physics – Quantum Tech.

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.  

He held a research fellowship in the Ion Storage Group at NIST Boulder under the supervision of 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics Dr. David Wineland, and has served as a consultant to US Defence Agency DARPA, helping to steer government venture investments in advanced technology.

As an academic and Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, Michael is a regular contributor to both the technical literature and the popular press.  

He focuses on driving public debate on issues pertaining to innovation, technology policy, and the role of science in society. Michael is a TEDx speaking alumnus and winner of the 2015 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.