Dr Edward Laird


Mail Department of Physics, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YB, UK
Website http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/physics/about-us/people/edward-laird


Mar. 2018-present Lecturer in Experimental Physics, Lancaster University, UK
Apr. 2013-Feb. 2018 Senior Fellow, Department of Materials, University of Oxford, UK
Oct. 2009-Mar. 2013 Postdoctoral Researcher, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (Advisor: Leo Kouwenhoven)
Aug. 2002-Sep. 2009 Research Assistant, Department of Physics, Harvard University, USA
June-Sep. 2001 Summer Student, DESY, Hamburg, Germany
June-Sep. 2000 Summer Student, UKAEA Fusion, Culham, UK


2009 PhD in Physics, Harvard University, USA (Advisor: Charles Marcus)
2005 MA in Physics, Harvard University, USA
2002 MPhys in Physics (1st class hons.), St John’s College, Oxford, UK

Teaching and supervision

Oct. 2013-present Supervisor of 6 DPhil students
Summer 2013-present Supervisor of various undergraduate summer students.
2018-present Lecturer, “Classical Mechanics”, Physics Department, Lancaster University
2017 Lecturer, “Quantum and Statistical Mechanics”, Materials Department, Oxford University
Oct. 2015-Jul. 2017 Undergraduate physics tutor, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University
Aug. 2006- Jan. 2007 Teaching Assistant, “Introduction to Laboratory Research”, Department of Physics, Harvard University


2013-2016 Non-stipendiary Fellow, St Anne’s College Oxford
2009 Royal Commission of 1851 postdoctoral fellowship (declined)
2009 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (declined)
2006 Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the AAAS
2002 Purcell Graduate Fellowship, Harvard University
1999-2002 Casberd Scholarship, St John’s College, Oxford

Other professional activities

2018-19 Chair of organising committee, UK Quantum Dot Meeting 2019
2017-18 Oxford Innovation Society Fellow
2016-17 Co-organiser, UK Quantum Dot Meeting 2017
2016 Internal DPhil examiner, Department of Physics, Oxford University
2015-present Consultant, Oxford University Consulting
2015 External PhD examiner, Delft University of Technology
2012-present Reviewer for several national grant agencies
2011-present Reviewer for Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Scientific Reports, Science Advances, Physical Review Applied, Physical Review B,  Nano Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Physica E.


Invited external seminars and colloquia

2019-05-16 University of Oxford, UK
2018-11-06 University of Regensburg, Germany
2018-04-27 York University, UK
2017-12-03 University College, London, UK
2017-10-11 National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK
2017-03-31 IST Austria
2016-11-07 Basel University, Switzerland
2015-10-28 Strathclyde University, UK
2015-10-26 Heriot-Watt University
2014-11-7 University of Stuttgart, Germany
2013-11 University of Cambridge, UK
2013-06 Lancaster University, UK
2013-05 RWTH Aachen
2012-11 Eötvos University, Budapest, Hungary
2012-05 University of Oxford, UK
2010-10 Materials Colloquium, University of Oxford, UK
2009-05 Delft University of Technology
2009-05 University of Oxford
2009-05 University of Cambridge

Invited conference and school presentations

2019-12 Workshop on Molecular Quantum Technology, Puerto Natales, Chile
2019-09 Testing the large-scale limit of quantum mechanics, ICTP Trieste, Italy
2019-07 NT19: International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotubes and Low-Dimensional Materials, Würzburg, Germany
2019-05 “Optomechanics with carbon nanotubes”, British Optomechanical Research Network Kickoff Meeting, Nottingham, UK
2019-04 “A coherent nanotube oscillator driven by electromechanical backaction”, Conference on Quantum Measurement: Fundamentals, Twists, and Applications, ICTP Trieste, Italy
2019-01-16 “A coherent nanomechanical oscillator driven by single-electron tunnelling”, Quantum Networks and Non-equilibrium Systems, Obergurgl, Austria
2018-11-22 “A coherent nanomechanical oscillator driven by single-electron tunnelling”, Zurich Instruments Quantum User Meeting, London, UK
2017-04-11 “Resonant optomechanics with a vibrating carbon nanotube and a radio-frequency cavity”, Nanomechanics at Low Temperature: from classical to quantum, Nottingham, UK
2017-04 “Towards microwave-to-optical conversion in molecular ensembles”, Networks: From Classical to Quantum, Obergurgl, Austria
2016-02-17 “Electrical Readout for Quantum Devices”, CDT Quantum Technologies Spring School, Windsor, UK
2015-10-05 “Nanomechanical resonators built from carbon nanotubes” Experimental Tests of Quantum Reality conference, Oxford, UK
2014-03-14 “A spin-valley qubit in a carbon nanotube”, IWEPMN Kirchberg, Austria
2013-10 “A spin-valley qubit in a carbon nanotube”, Oxford Quantum Science and Technology conference
2013-05 “A valley-spin qubit in a carbon nanotube”, Spins in Saclay, France
2013-02 “A valley-spin qubit in a carbon nanotube”, S3NANO Winter School, Windsor, UK
2012-10 “A valley-spin qubit in a carbon nanotube”, Physique Quantique Mésoscopique, Aussois, France

Contributed conference presentations

2019-09 “A coherent mechanical oscillator driven by single-electron tunnelling through a suspended carbon nanotube”, Oral Presentation (selected), Quantum, Atomic, and Molecular Physics (QuAMP), Birmingham, UK
2019-07 “The spin resonance clock transition of the endohedral fullerene 15N@C60“, Oral Presentation (selected), Condensed Matter and Quantum Materials, St Andrews, UK
2018-01-24 “Spin and valley transport through carbon nanotube double quantum dots”, Oral Presentation (selected), UK Quantum Dot Day 2018, Sheffield, UK
2017-09 “Spin resonance clock transition of the endohedral fullerene 15N@C60”,  Oral Presentation (selected), International Conference on Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics (QuAMP), Glasgow, UK
2017-09 “Spin and valley transport through carbon nanotube double quantum dots”, Oral Presentation (selected), Advances in Quantum Transport in Low Dimensional Systems , London, UK
2009-03 “A few-electron triple quantum dot incorporating two fast charge sensors”, Contributed Presentation, APS March Meeting, Pittsburgh, USA
2008-03 “Hyperfine-mediated gate-driven electron spin resonance”, Contributed Presentation, APS March Meeting, New Orleans, USA
2006-03 “Effect of exchange interaction on spin dephasing in a double quantum dot”, Contributed Presentation, APS March Meeting, Baltimore, USA

Other invited talks

2019-02-07 County College Shorts series, Lancaster University
2018-12-18 Faculty of Science and Technology Christmas Conference, Lancaster University
2015-11-19 Oxford Instruments Quantum Computing Webinar
2014-11-26 Subject Family Talk, St. Anne’s College, Oxford
2013-10 Presentation to Oxford Materials Undergraduate Society
2009-02-10 Kids’ seminar, Harvard University


2019-24 Vibrating carbon nanotubes for probing quantum systems at the mesoscale
ERC Consolidator Grant as PI
2018-19 A carbon nanotube force sensor for magnetic resonance microscopy
Royal Society Research Grant as PI
2018 Quantum control of electronic and electromechanical devices from room temperature to millikelvin
Lancaster FST fund as PI
2018-23 From Nanoscale Structure to Nanoscale Function (NS2NF)
EPSRC as co-I
2017-21 Efficient quantum device tuning using machine learning
NQIT DTP studentship as PI
2017-20 The Nature of Quantum Networks
John Templeton Foundation as co-I
2016-17 A miniaturised atomic clock based on endohedral fullerenes
EPSRC institutional sponsorship as co-I
2016-18 Bench-top experimental test of gravitation as an observer of quantum states
FQXi as co-I
2016-19 An extensible simulation and test platform for quantum and quantum enabled technologies
EPSRC as co-I
2016-17 Electronics for nanodevices
2014-15 Fast, sensitive electrometry using quantum devices in optimized circuits
EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship as PI
2014-18 Fast, precise electric field sensing using quantum single-electron devices
DSTL PhD studentship as co-I
2014-18 An atomic clock based on endohedral fullerenes
DSTL PhD studentship as co-I
2013-16 Experimental tests of quantum reality
Templeton World Charity Foundation as co-I
2013-17 Marie Curie Career Integration Grant
European Union as PI
2013 Electrical readout and control system for carbon-based spin qubits
EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship as PI
2013-18 RAEng postdoctoral fellowship
Royal Academy of Engineering as PI