Australian fellowship named for late JILA Fellow Deborah Jin

Published: 07-26-2019
JILA Fellow Deborah Jin (1968–2016). Image Credit: Brad Baxley / JILA

JILA Fellow Deborah Jin’s research was literally the coolest. She created the first fermionic condensate and the first quantum degenerate molecular gases, expanding our knowledge of how atomic and molecular behavior changes at ultracold temperatures. Jin was not only a prominent physicist, she was a role model and mentor for young scientists, particularly women.

“She was a physics giant. Her research on fermionic gases helped us advance our field in an impressive way,” said JILA Fellow Ana Maria Rey, who worked with Jin. “Besides being one of the most prominent physicists in our field, she was a caring mother, a fantastic wife and a supportive colleague and friend."

Although Jin passed away in 2016, her research continues to influence physicists around the world. The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) is now offering Deborah Jin Fellowships to two early career female scientists.

“This prestigious fellowship is a great testimony to Debbie’s continuing international impact in research and training,” JILA Fellow Tom O’Brian said.

EQUS is Australia’s national quantum research and development initiative, similar to the United States' National Quantum Initiative or Europe’s Quantum Flagship Initiative. The Deborah Jin Fellowships are three-year appointments at either the University of Queensland, University of Sydney, Macquarie University and University of Western Australia. Applications are due August 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM AEST.

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