Alan Jamison

Faculty, Assistant Professor
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After studying physics and mathematics at Harvard University, Alan Jamison worked in education. He taught high school physics, precalculus, and creative writing. He then worked for an online education startup teaching university physics to tens of thousands of students in major universities around the world. Alan finished his B.S. in mathematics at the University of Central Florida in 2007.

He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Washington in 2008 and 2014, respectively. He initially studied beyond the Standard Model phenomonology under Ann Nelson. High-energy theory gave way to ultracold atomic physics and a thesis on precision atom interferometry using Bose-Einstein condensates, supervised by Subhadeep Gupta. He also developed the supporting theoretical framework for achieving high precision in these experiments with co-adviser J. Nathan Kutz from Applied Math. He then joined the group of Wolfgang Ketterle at MIT advising three labs during his time there. This research spanned experiments in ultracold molecules and their chemistry, quantum emulation of spin-orbit coupled systems, and laser cooling exotic lanthanide atoms.

Alan joined the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) as an Assistant Professor in 2020. His group works on quantum computing and quantum chemistry with ultracold molecules, as well as quantum emulation with ultracold mixtures.

Research expertise

  • Ultracold atoms and molecules
  • Quantum chemistry
  • Quantum information
  • Precision measurements and quantum-enhanced metrology


  • Ph.D. in Physics, University of Washington, 2014
  • M.S. in Physics, University of Washington, 2008
  • B.S. in Mathematics, University of Central Florida, 2007

Awards & Honours

  • Henderson Thesis Prize, University of Washington 2015
  • Hans G. Dehmelt Prize, University of Washington 2013
  • Mellam Teaching Fellowship, University of Washington 2008

Major Positions

Title Location When
Assistant Professor Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo 2020-present
Visiting Scientist Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2020-present
Research Scientist Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2016-2019
Postdoctoral Research Associate Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2014-2016