Dr. Neill W Lambert


I am a senior research scientist in the Cluster for Pioneering Research, RIKEN,  Japan, and a JST Sakigake Fellow.

My main professional interests are in mesoscopics, quantum optics, quantum information, nano-mechanics and biophysics.

I did my PhD (2005) at the University of Manchester with Prof. Tobias Brandes.


My publications can be found at google scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=4UkpsgsAAAAJ


researcher-id: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-4998-2009


I also occasionally contribute to the fantastic QuTiP package


Some interactive slides, developed for the  EPFL Summer School on light-matter interactions,  on the treatment of open quantum systems can be found here



Intern student supervision

Current students:

Po-chen Kuo

Tarun Raheja

Past students:

Huan-yu Ku (From NCKU Tainan, Taiwan). Now a postdoc in Taiwan.

Shahnawaz Ahmed (From BITS Pilani, India).  Currently doing a PhD in Chalmers, Sweden.

Melina Wertnik (From ETH Zurich). Now a PhD student in ETH.

Suguru Endo (From Keio University) co-supervised with Yuichiro Matsuzaki from NTT. Now a researcher in NTT-BRL.

Kamanasish Debnath (From Amity Institute of Applied Sciences, India).  Currently doing a PhD in Aarhus University, Denmark.

Anubhav Vardman (From IIT Kanpur, India), no working in industry.

Recent news

– Awarded a JST PRESTO (さきがけ) project to study coherence in photosynthesis, and develop efficient simulation techniques of quantum environments https://www.jst.go.jp/kisoken/presto/application/2018/180918/180918.html

– My recent work with Mauro Cirio was featured in APS Physics Buzz blog,


The highlights are a mention of our favourite pub, the Half Yard, and a reference to the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

– IOP NJP Outstanding Referee (2016).

– April 2015:  CEMS Award https://www.cems.riken.jp/jp/events/27th-cems-colloquium-cems-award-lectures.

– March 2015:  RIKEN Incentive Award

Significant invited talks:


  • Contributed talk at JPS Spring Meeting 2019
  • Invited speaker at Mini-Workshop on Biological Sensing and its Application, Keio University, 2019
  • Invited speaker at International Workshop on Solid State Quantum Information and Quantum Computing (IWSQIC), China, (2019).
  • Speaker at Spin Qubit 4, Konstanz, Germany, September 2018 https://www.uni-konstanz.de/spinqubits/program/
  • Invited speaker at IWSSQC, Hang-Zhou, China, May 2018.
  • Invited speaker at the EPFL Summer School on light-matter interactions, September 2017. http://lightmatter2017.epfl.ch/
  • Invited speaker at the RIKEN workshop on temporal correlations in Quantum Theory, February 2017.
  • Invited speaker at the Taiwan 8th International Workshop on Solid-State Quantum Computing & Mini-School on Quantum Information Science, Taipei, Taiwan, December 2016.
  • Invited colloquium speaker at Korea University, Korea, June 2nd 2015.
  • Invited speaker at the Japan-Taiwan workshop on Quantum Science and Technology, Hsinchu, Taiwan, October 20th, 2015.
  • Invited speaker at the “7th international workshop on shape-phase transitions and Critical Point Phenomena in Nuclei”, Seville, Spain, 2014.
  • Invited to give the “Eugene Wigner Colloquium” at Berlin Technical University, May, 2011.


Other interests

Drawing badly, cooking badly, reading bad fiction