Univ. Prof. Dr. Francesca Ferlaino

  • Professor, Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Scientific and Managing Director, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), Innsbruck, Austria


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Francesca Ferlaino is born on 23th December 1977 in Napoli, Italy. There, she studied physics at the University of Federico II and received her master degree in 2000 for a theoretical work on Bose-Einstein condensates, jointly conducted in Naples and at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste.

As PhD student, she then re-directed her research interest towards experimental physics and started her PhD  study at the University of Florence and at the European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy (LENS) in Florence under the supervision of Prof. M. Inguscio. At LENS, Francesca was involved in the first realization of quantum gases mixture of different alkali atomic species. After  receiving her PhD degree in 2004, Francesca enjoyed to work at LENS for few years more as research associate.

In 2007, she moved to Austria first as a visiting scientist in the group of Prof. Grimm, then as postdoctoral Lise-Meitner fellow focusing on few-body and Efimov physics, and finally she received a full professorship in 2014. At the beginning, her stay in Innsbruck was just planned for 3 months. The 3 months became 6. The 6 months 1 year. 1 year easily doubled to 2 years, and the 2 years doubled again, and again :). In 2009, thanks to a START-Prize (FWF) and an ERC Starting Grant, Francesca could establish her independent research group. She funded the Dipolar Quantum Gas Group and started the so-called “ERBIUM” experiment, realizing the world-first  Bose-Einstein condensate of Er in 2012.

Since 2014, Francesca is Full Professor at the University of Innsbruck and Scientific Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Science (ÖAW). During the last years, she was awardee of numerous prestigious prizes and distinctions, including the Feltrinelli prize, the Alexander-von-Humboldt Professorship, the Science Prize of the City of Innsbruck, the Ignaz L. Lieben Prize, and the Fritz-Kohlrausch Prize for experimental physics. In addition, she received the START Prize, one ERC-Starting and one ERC-Consolidator grant.


Faculty Positions and Professional Experience

Since 2019 Managing and Scientific Director at the IQOQI
Elected Member of the Senate of the University of Innsbruck.
Since 2014 Full Professor of Physics (Tenure – P98), University of Innsbruck (Austria) &  Scientific Director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Science
2013-2017 Director of the Innsbruck Physics Research Center
2009-2014 Tenure-Track Professorship (P99) for Atomic Physics, University of Innsbruck (2012-2014); Research and Teaching Associate (2009-2011)
05-07/2016 DIPC Visiting Fellowship, San Sebastian (Spain)
04-05/2016 JILA Visiting Fellowship, University of Colorado, Boulder (US)
03-04/2016 Bershadsky Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University, Cambridge (US)
2014 Alexander von Humboldt Professorship (declined offer)
03-06/2014 Guest Lecturer at the University of Wien, Austria
2007 – 2009 Lise-Meitner Postdoctoral Fellow of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
2006 – 2007 Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
2004 – 2006 Senior Scientist (Assegnista di ricerca), European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), Florence (Italy)

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