Faculty, Assistant Professor

Christine Muschik

  • Email: cmuschik@uwaterloo.ca
  • Office: QNC 4122
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Christine Muschik joined the Institute for Quantum Computing November 1, 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

In Munich, Germany, Muschik studied physics at the Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität. She completed her dissertation, “Quantum information processing with atoms and photons”, at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics under the supervision of J. Ignacio Cirac.

<--break->Her theoretical research in quantum optics earned her the Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship at ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Castelldefels, Barcelona. At ICFO, Christine was part of Maciej Lewenstein’s quantum optics theory group.

Muschik continued her postdoctoral research at IQOQI – Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Innsbruck, Austria, with Peter Zoller. She joins the University of Waterloo from the Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Innsbruck where she was a University Assistant.

Current projects and research expertise

  • Quantum networks
  • Quantum sensing
  • Quantum simulations
  • High-energy physics simulation with quantum computers

Selected publications


  • PhD in Physics, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität, 2006-2011
  • Master’s in Physics, Minor in Mathematics, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität, 2004
  • Bachelor’s in Physics, Minor in Computer Science, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität, 2001

Awards & honours

  • Sloan Research fellowship for outstanding early-career researchers (2019)
  • Emmy Noether fellowship for faculty-level scientists (2018)
  • Award of the city of Innsbruck for scientific research (2016)
  • Feodor Lynen research fellowship for postdoctoral researchers by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2011-2013)
  • Scholarship by the International PhD program of excellence: Quantum Computing, Control and Communication supported by the ENB (Elite Network of Bavaria) (2006-2010)

Major Positions

Title Location When
Assistant Professor Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo 2017- Present
University assistant Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria October 2016-2017
Postdoctoral position Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Innsbruck 2014-2016
Postdoctoral position ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Castelldefels, Barcelona 2013-2014
Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Castelldefels, Barcelona 2011-2013
University of Waterloo
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