German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Supports Random Matrix Theory and Quantum Information in a Joint Project

The University of Melbourne's international ties are further strengthened by the Feodor Lynen fellowship program, which started to support a new project in random matrix theory at the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

This fellowship program is funded through the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which has a history of promoting international academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from Germany and from abroad. The program is also offered at other universities worldwide, provided there exists an eligible host.

Mario Kieburg, faculty member in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, was himself supported by such a fellowship during his postdoc career and can now act as host for researchers visiting as part of the program. Applicants are required to have ties to the German research community and are supported for up to two years to conduct research at the University of Melbourne.

A recently approved Feodor Lynen project in Mario's research group will be conducted by Lucas, who attempts to advance "Geometric approaches to quantum many body problems". He completed his PhD in mathematical physics at the Pennsylvania State University with subsequent research stays at the Max Planck Harvard Center of Quantum Optics and the University of Copenhagen. Recent developments in experimental and theoretical quantum many body physics bear promise of important technological advances and applications ranging from near term quantum devices to quantum communication and computation. The goal of the new project is to use differential geometry and random matrix theory to efficiently describe physical states of complex quantum systems and understand their quantum information properties.

Apart from Mario Kieburg, many more faculty members (also from other Schools) are eligible to host Feodor Lynen projects. If you are interested to apply, you can contact Mario Kieburg (, read more about the Feodor Lynen Fellowship Program or look for other potential hosts at the University of Melbourne. Finally, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation also supports research visits to Germany, so even if you are not eligible under the Feodor Lynen fellowship program to be hosted at the University of Melbourne, you may be interested in some of the other existing fellowship programs to organize research visits to Germany. Alumni of the Humboldt fellowship programs become part of the Humboldt network with the potential for further sponsorship of international collaborations in the future.