Joel Wallman obtained his BSc (Advanced) in Physics and Mathematics at The University of Sydney (Australia) in 2008 with Honours and was awarded the University Medal for outstanding academic achievement. Wallman completed his PhD in Physics from The University of Sydney (USYD) in 2013 with his thesis titled: Information, Observers, and Quantum Mechanics. He was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Scholarship (USYD) and the Denison Merit award (USYD) for his outstanding track record of academic achievement and research potential.
Wallman completed a postdoctoral research position in 2013 at USYD before moving to the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo to pursue a postdoctoral position under Joseph Emerson. In 2016 he was awarded a Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) Physics of the Observer grant.
After spending two years as Research Assistant Professor, Wallman was named Assistant Professor at IQC and in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo in 2019. During his time at Waterloo he held the position of CTO at Quantum Benchmark, the start-up company he co-founded with Emerson. In 2021, Quantum Benchmark was acquired by Keysight Technologies, where Wallman is now the Research & Development Operations Manager.