Shannon Whitlock

Professor, Laboratory of Exotic Quantum Matter
European Center for Quantum Sciences (CESQ) and ISIS
Université de Strasbourg, France    

ORCID: 0000-0002-6955-9326
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Shannon Whitlock is a professor in experimental quantum physics at the European Center for Quantum Sciences and the University of Strasbourg, France. He leads the Exotic Quantum Matter group (EQM) which explores the physics of complex quantum systems and applications for quantum simulation, quantum sensing and quantum computing. Shannon studied physics and completed his PhD at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne in 2007, followed by a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Amsterdam. In 2010, he moved to the University of Heidelberg in Germany where he started his own research group and advanced quantum physics laboratory thanks to a prestigious Emmy Noether grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG). He is strongly involved in several major research and training programmes, including the International Graduate School and Interdisciplinary Thematic Institute in “Quantum Science and Nanomaterials” (QMat), EU doctoral programmes MOQS and QUSTEC, and the new public infrastructure for quantum computing aQCess.

Keywords: quantum simulation, non-equilibrium physics, complex systems, Rydberg atoms, quantum technology

Short CV

CurrentlyFull professor (Professeur des Universités, PU1), University of Strasbourg,
France, and Director of the Exotic Quantum Matter group at the European Center
for Quantum Sciences (CESQ) and ISIS (UMR7006).
Current group: 1 permanent researcher (CNRS), 1 postdoc, and 3 PhD
2017 – 2018Professeur associé, IPCMS (UMR7504), University of Strasbourg & CNRS
2013 – 2017Emmy Noether group leader. Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany
2010 – 2012Co-Principal Investigator. Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany
2007 – 2010Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow. University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2004 – 2007Ph.D.: Bose-Einstein Condensation on a Magnetic Film Atom Chip (Oct 2007)
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and Australian Research Council
Center of Excellence for Quantum Atom Optics (ACQAO)

Current projects

  • ANR EquipEx+/PEPR Quantique Atomic quantum computing as a service – aQCess
    Coordinator of an international consortium to advanced quantum computing hardware based on atomic qubits and multidisciplinary applications
  • DFG Collaborative Research Project “Non-equilibrium universality in driven Rydberg gases”
    Part of the SPP – GiRyd, Collaborators Sebastien Diehl and Michael Buchhold (Köln)
  • CEFIPRA Collaborative Research Project “Q-Walker: programmable quantum dynamics simulator”
    Collaborator: Sebastian Wüster (Bhopal)
  • MSCA ITN MOQS – Molecular Quantum Simulations
    Training network for 15 Early Stage Researchers in the field of quantum computing and simulations of molecular structure and dynamics for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries
  • MSCA COFUND QUSTEC – Quantum science and technology at the European Campus
    Training network for 37 ESRs in the field of quantum science and technology at the EUCOR partner universities of Strasbourg (FR), Basel (CH), Freiburg (DE), KIT (DE) and IBM Research (CH)


  • Introduction to Quantum Science and Technology, joint course with Martin Gärttner (Heidelberg University)
  • Photonics for Quantum Science and Technology
  • Open Quantum Systems, with Jérémie Léonard (IPCMS, Strasbourg)
  • Many-body quantum physics, with Johannes Schachenmayer (CESQ, Strasbourg)
  • Quantum Mechanics tutorials

National and International responsibilities

  • Co-coordinator of the EFEQT Master pilot programme of the QTEdu CSA
  • SPIE Europe Quantum Technologies Conference Chair
  • Coordinator for the ANR EquipEx+/PEPR platform aQCess
  • Executive committee member for the Interdisciplinary Thematic Institute Quantum Science and Nanomaterials (QMat)
  • Coordinator of the Eucor seed money project « Machine Learning for Quantum »
  • Training officer, MSCA-ITN Molecular quantum simulations (MOQS, lead Unistra)
  • Steering committee and training officer, MSCA-COFUND-DP Quantum Science and Technologies at the European Campus (QUSTEC)