Deborah Jin Fellowships

EQUS' Deborah Jin Fellowship program aims to increase the proportion of women at EQUS and in quantum physics through targeted recruitment.  It launched in 2019, with two women-only postdoctoral research fellowships offered.

Deborah Jin was an American physicist and one of the world’s foremost experts on how ordinary atoms and molecules change their behaviour at extraordinarily low temperatures.  Her visionary and methodical approach made it possible to use these ultracold gases as model systems to tease out the quantum principles that lead to behaviour such as superconductivity.

The Deborah Jin Fellowship program honours her legacy by supporting and encouraging early- and mid-career women in physics.

EQUS is committed to improving equity, diversity and inclusion within our Centre, at our partner institutions and in the wider quantum physics community.  We recognise that people from marginalised groups continue to face barriers to entry and progression in STEM fields, including quantum, resulting in underrepresentation of these groups.  The Deborah Jin fellowships are one way we hope to create positive change!

Meet our Deborah Jin Fellows!

Dr Elizabeth Bridge


Dr Cindy Zhao

Dr Bridge works with optomechanical sensors.  For example, she’s developing magnetic sensors that can be used as communication devices deep in underground mines.

Dr Bridge is based at our University of Queensland node, working with CI Professor Warwick Bowen in the Queensland Quantum Optics Lab.

She obtained a Master’s of Science from Durham University in 2008 and a PhD in atomic and molecular physics from Oxford University in 2012.  Before joining EQUS in 2020, she completed postdoctoral research fellowships at Durham University, the University of Birmingham and Griffith University.


Dr Zhao researches quantum technologies to test fundamental physics and search for dark matter.  For example, she’s working towards uncovering new physics using precision measurements of crystals in cryogenic environments.

Dr Zhao is based at our University of Western Australia node, working with CI Professor Michael Tobar in the Quantum Technologies and Dark Matter Lab.

Dr Zhao obtained a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2020.  She joined EQUS in 2020.

Major funding support

Australian Research Council

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