Associate Professor Jared Cole is a theoretical physicist, specialising in quantum theory and its application in electronics, computing and condensed-matter physics.
TEXT ON SCREEN: Associate Professor Jared Cole. Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, School of Applied Sciences
SOUND: Ambient background music playing
VISUAL: Associate Professor Jared Cole speaking to the camera. Behind him is a long empty room, with booths running down the sides.
JARED COLE SPEAKING: Well, the hardest part about being a theoretical physicist is to summarise anything in a succinct form. So I specialise in what’s called quantum electronics, or especially what’s called super conducting.
VISUAL: Associate Professor Cole in the long room speaking to the camera, intercut with scenes of him in the lab observing and pointing to data on a computer screen. Jared writing down calculations on a whiteboard with another man.
JARED COLE SPEAKING: My current research is focussing on quantum electronics, quantum computing, and this is in a sense is the new generation of smart technology, quantum engineering. I was previously working in Germany and there is a lot of interesting research going on in Germany, but at the same time I like Australia and I wanted to give something back to the Australian research communities. So this was one of the reasons I moved back to Melbourne, was that I had learned a lot from Germany and I still have very strong contacts, but I wanted to build a research effort and take what I’d learnt in Germany and develop it here in Melbourne and in Australia.
VISUAL: Associate Professor Cole standing in an RMIT courtyard facing the camera.
JARED COLE SPEAKING: Coming back to RMIT in one sense a bit like coming home, but so much has changed in the 10 years or so since I was here. I did my undergraduate here in both science and engineering.
VISUAL Associate Professor Cole in the long room speaking to the camera, intercut with scenes of him walking around different parts of the campus, and talking and laughing with colleagues in the lab, and sitting at a Campus outdoor café.
JARED COLE SPEAKING: There is a lot of new and interesting things happening and a lot of new development so it was quite enjoyable to see that some of the old things that I recognised from before, the people who had actually taught me I now treat as colleagues, but also a lot of new people and a lot of new energy in the place. The VC fellowship allows me to build up a new research group, specialised in an area which is not just new to RMIT but new to Australia and has the time and the resources to develop that area and produce some high level research. So if I was asked what the top three things about working in Melbourne and coming to RMIT, One of them is that RMIT is a young university which is dynamic and is putting a lot of time and effort into new cutting-edge research and their prepared to fund and support new and early career researchers. And it’s not just a marketing gimmick, this is actually true, RMIT are putting a lot of effort into this. And the two other things are much more standard expat issues which is that the weather is far better in Australia than it is in Europe and the coffee is actually much better in Melbourne, definitely than Germany. So this is my three, I would say.
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