Joschka Roffe

Joint Quantum Centre (JQC) Durham-Newcastle

PhD Student

Email: joshua.roffe@durham.ac.uk

Office: 140, Rochester Building, Physics Department


I am a PhD student researching quantum computation under the supervision of Viv Kendon and Dominic Horsman. My project will involve developing improved theoretical models to aid in the realisation of near-future architectures for quantum computing.

Of half English, half German origin I grew up in Cheshire. After leaving school I began working for Shell Oil Research in Chester as part of the Year in Industry scheme. During my time at Shell I was briefly involved in performing post-race component diagnostics for Ferrari Formula 1, as well as flourescence microscopy imaging for the algae biofuel research programme. The bulk of my industrial year, however, was spent developing and implementing a routine for automating electron microscopy analysis for the Shell sulphur enhanced fertiliser project.

In 2011 I started a physics degree at The University of Manchester. My undergraduate studies included a year abroad at The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) where I developed my interest in quantum technologies. On returning to the UK I began a masters project on the theory of open quantum systems under the supervision of Ahsan Nazir in the Manchester Photon Science Institute.

Outside of physics I enjoy cycling and rock climbing. I am also interested in scientific cooking and am currently working on developing the perfect pizza.