program, Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck and Junior Research Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.is a Fellow in CIFAR’s Quantum Information Science program, Professor of Photonics at the Institute for Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck, Associate of the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing and Vice-President for Natural Sciences and Engineering of the Austrian Science Fund.GW: The other thing is that it was difficult to find students who were interested in doing experiments. I had a lot of experience with actual lab set-up but not how to find students, how to run a group efficiently or how to figure out who’s good and who’s not before you actually hire them. GW: The best advice was “never hire just because you can.” And in fact, I would turn this around.
program, Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck and Junior Research Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
I see some young colleagues where I think, wow, what they have planned sounds amazing but there’s no way they’re going to get that done in five years.
And Waterloo was certainly not known at the time for optics, or even quantum optics, and so it was really hard. There was some old raised flooring in there, where we did not know what the load rating was and it was totally chaotic. GK: What’s the most valuable thing you learned in those first few years about building a research programme at the lab?
GW: Well in hindsight I would say that I started way too ambitious in what I wanted to do, and didn’t think the things through enough to figure out what would work in what time.
And there’s almost no way to get someone to substitute for you in class.
It’s expected that you teach them all in person, so it’s very hard to travel to conferences during the term.