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CV - Cameron Calcluth

Personal Statement

I started my PhD at Chalmers University of Technology in Gotheborg, Sweden under the supervision of Assistant Professor Giulia Ferrini. My research is focussed on understanding the origin of why quantum computers are able to perform certain computational tasks exponentially faster than classical computers.


García-Álvarez, L., Calcluth, C., Ferraro, A. and Ferrini, G., 2020. Efficient simulatability of continuous-variable circuits with large Wigner negativity. Physical Review Research, 2(4), p.043322.

Calcluth, C., Ferraro, A. and Ferrini, G., 2021. Classical simulatabilty of Gottesman-Kitaev-Preskill states with Gaussian circuits. (In preparation.)

Teaching Responsibilities

TIF290 – ​Quantum Mechanics: Master’s level course in advanced quantum mechanics. I lead an exercise session guiding students through advanced problems from a graduate-level textbook.
FKA173 – Quantum Optics and Quantum Information: Master’s level course on cutting-edge research in quantum optics and quantum information, in which I lead weekly exercise sessions where the students solve problems relevant to building quantum computers with circuit quantum electrodynamics.
FYD500 – Introduction to Linux: a pedagogical Bachelor course in which I help students solve weekly assignments with the goal of becoming familiar with using Linux for high performance computing.
MCC175 – Modern Physics: an introduction to modern physics for Bachelor students in the medical physics program, in which I guide students through weekly exercise sessions.

4 Year Integrated Master’s in Theoretical Physics

I graduated with a first class integrated master’s degree of Theoretical Physics BSc, MPhys (International) at the University of Leeds. I spent a year at Aarhus University as part of an Erasmus study abroad programme. I have completed 70 ECTS of master’s courses and a 30 ECTS master’s project.

Previous Research Experience

Master’s project (the University of Leeds): Worked on the topic of quantum many-body scars and how machine learning combined with quantum information may be used to identify coherent many-body quantum systems. My supervisors were Zlatko Papić and Jiannis Pachos. See my review article at phys.cam/scars.

Bachelor project (Aarhus University): Whilst on a study abroad program, I utilized gamification to find solutions to spin glass problems similar to those embedded in the architecture of the D-Wave quantum annealing devices.

Summer research project (the University of Leeds): Chosen for two funded summers of undergraduate research to simulate quantum matter-light interactions. I produced a code to simulate these interactions using constant uncertainty molecular dynamics.


Undergraduate Awards: Highly commended in the Global Undergraduate Awards

Laidlaw Scholarship: selected for this competitive research and leadership scholarship which allowed me to carry out two summers of undergraduate research and attend multiple leadership training events in the UK.

Alumni Mentoring Programme: paired with a successful CEO of a technology company. This programme has given me the opportunity to develop my commercial awareness and communication skills.

School Representative: union representative for over 500 students in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds.

Additional Interests

Beyond my academic career, I have been a volunteer for two organizations in Gothenburg since 2019. For example, I contributed my technical expertise to create a digital archive preserving Swedish LGBTQ+ film at the Swedish Archive for Queer Moving Images.

I have also been involved in science communication efforts, including participating in the SciCommHack hackathon at CERN where I was part of the winning Quantum Adventures team, in which we proposed and developed a prototype game showcasing quantum entanglement.

Coding Experience

My ability to code was kickstarted before my degree by my own website development business. Throughout my undergraduate degree and through my PhD, I have produced a wide variety of programs using different languages. I have also learned how to run those programs on high performance computer clusters.

Languages: Python, C, Mathematica, MATLAB, PHP, JavaScript, and HTML/CSS.


Website Development Entrepreneur: run a website development business and communicate with international clients to provide them with design, code and maintenance of websites. My portfolio can be found at cameroncalcluth.com.

Bartender: worked part-time alongside my studies at The Brewery Tap, Leeds, during my first and second year of university.


Visit phys.cam/articles for the links to the following news articles about my academic journey so far:

Can human intuition outperform quantum computers?
Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences News

Diary of an exchange student
ScienceAtHome Blog

Website: phys.cam

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/calcluth


APS March Meeting 2021: presented a talk about the work of our paper, Physical Review Research, 2(4), p.043322..

QTech 2020: presented a short talk on the work of our paper above.

WACQT 2019: attended and presented a poster.

ICUR 2018: presented a talk via video conferencing.