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“The best place in the world for quantum sensing“ Academic globetrotter starts MSCA fellowship at Ulm University


Dr. Robert Cernansky is the future Marie Skłodowska-Curie-fellow at Ulm University. The physicist from Slovakia decided to apply for a global Marie Skłodowska-Curie-Action (MSCA) to work with “great scientific minds“ in highly diverse research groups. The 30-year-old scientist chose Ulm University as his European guest institution because he admires the work of Professor Fedor Jelezko. The director of Ulm University’s Institute of Quantum optics was among the first scientists to develop quantum magnetic sensors based on point defects in artificial diamonds. “Thus, Ulm University is the best place in the world for me to learn about quantum sensing“, explains Robert Cernansky. 

Cernansky (private picture): Dr. Robert Cernansky is the future Marie Skłodowska-Curie-fellow at Ulm University

Dr. Cernansky‘s own research combines such point defects and integrated photonics. These defects can measure extremely weak magnetic fields which is beneficial for NMR spectroscopy – a technology used to e.g. analyse biological samples. During his global fellowship, Dr. Cernansky will also spend two years at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore – in order to further deepen his knowledge in solid state physics and NMR sensing. One of his overall objectives is the upscaling of affordable quantum sensors. “I also hope to broaden my academic network by visiting collaborating colleagues in Europe, Asia and the US“, says the physicist. As an academic globetrotter, Robert Cernansky is the perfect fit for the  Marie Skłodowska-Curie-Action. He studied physics in the Czech Republic and earned his PhD at the University of Southhampton in the UK. When he is not travelling as a MSC-fellow, Dr. Cernansky works as a postdoctoral fellow at Griffith University in Australia. 

Ulm University has a history of successful MSCA-Alumni. Virologist Dr. Konstantin Sparrer, who was funded by the programme in 2017, now has his own BMBF-Junior research group at Ulm University. Excellent young researchers are always welcome to apply for a MSC-Action at Ulm University: The university’s Center for Research strategy and support (Res.Ul) is ready to assist with the grant application.

More information: Dr. Beate Griepernau (Res.Ul, Ulm University): beate.griepernau@uni-ulm.de

Cover picture: Quantenoptik (picture by Heiko Grandel): Dr. Robert Cernansky’s host at Ulm University, Prof. Fedor Jelezko, uses artificial diamonds to design quantum sensors.

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