22 December 2020

Nadezhda Kukharchyk

Dr. Nadezhda Kukharchyk - Walther Meißner Institute

Briefly describe your current position and role within MCQST.

I am a PostDoc researcher at Walther-Meißner-Institut and MCQST START fellow. My project “Implementation of optical approaches in microwave quantum memory systems” is funded by MCQST within the Junior Researcher START Fellowship program .

Nadezhda Kukharchyk in her laboratory standing behind an open cryostat. © Nadezhda Kukharchyk

How does a typical workday look like for you?

As I have just started, I am still on the way of setting down the routine. Typically, I am at the office at 8:30 and start my day with checking new emails, answering some of the new and some of the old ones. Then comes lab-related work, setting the experiments, discussion with colleagues. If not every day, then in a day I have Zoom-meetings or talks to attend. My day at the Walther-Meißner-Institute (WMI) ends around five, when I am often being caught at the door for some short discussions.

What was the biggest challenge you faced this year?

Hardest this year was dealing with a number of issues together: starting a new position Walther-Meißner-Institute and moving to Munich, handing in the old lab to a new group and during this not being able to take a holiday to visit my family due to pandemic restrictions and complicated electoral processes.

I am very excited by tasks of setting a new experiment, building a small team, working on the project, and deploying the initial plans and ideas and expanding them to reach the project’s goals.

What does being a START fellow mean to you?

Being a START fellow means an opportunity to take responsibility of my own research project and guiding students along it. I am very excited by tasks of setting a new experiment, building a small team, working on the project, and deploying the initial plans and ideas and expanding them to reach the project’s goals.

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