Curriculum Vitae


Mar 2013 - Present Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
University of Western Australia —  Supervisor: Prof. Jingbo Wang
Thesis: Continuous-time quantum walks: simulation and application
Dec 2013-Jan 2014 The 31st Jerusalem Winter School in Theoretical Physics
Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Frontiers of Quantum Information Science. Topics included quantum computing, quantum algorithms, quantum information and black holes.
Jan-Nov 2012 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physics
University of Western Australia — Supervisor: Jingbo Wang
Weighted Average Mark:   91.4%   —   GPA: 7.0/7.0   —   First Class Honours
Thesis: Continuous-time Quantum Walks: Disorder, Resonance & Interactions
Mar 2009-Nov 2011 Bachelor of Science in Physics and Applied Mathematics
University of Western Australia
Weighted Average Mark:  92.1%   —   GPA: 6.9/7.0

Research Experience

Current Doctor of Philosophy (Physics)
Mar 2013 University of Western Australia — Supervisor: Prof Jingbo Wang
Exploring simulation and potential real world applications of quantum walks. Continuous-time quantum walks are studied across two areas of interest: efficient numerical simulation of the continuous-time quantum walk, and applications of continuous-time quantum walks to graph isomorphism and network centrality.
Nov-Dec 2014 AsiaBound Collaboration
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Supervisors: Dr C M Chandrashekar and Prof Thomas Busch
Worked with the Quantum Systems Unit to model and analyse quantum percolation in continuous-time quantum walks.
Nov 2012-Mar 2013 iVEC Internship
University of Western Australia — Supervisor: Asst/Prof Peter Metaxas
Worked with the spintronics and magnetisation dynamics research group at UWA, investigating hybrid vortex-domain wall dynamics. This required high performance computing techniques using GPUs in addition to a good physical understanding of nanomagnetics, and could lead to significant advances in manufacturing memory storage devices.
Jan-Nov 2012 Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Research Project
University of Western Australia — Supervisor: Prof Jingbo Wang
Explored the dynamics and computational potential of quantum walks. Complex numerical analysis was performed using the Pawsey supercomputing facilities.


  1. Aaron C. H. Hurst, Joshua A. Izaac, Fouzia Altaf, Vincent Baltz, and Peter J. Metaxas. Reconfigurable magnetic domain wall pinning using vortex-generated magnetic fields. Applied Physics Letters, 110(18):182404, May 2017. doi:10.1063/1.4982237Link ]
  2. S. S. Zhou, T. Loke, J. A. Izaac, and J. B. Wang. Quantum fourier transform in computational basis. Quantum Information Processing, 16(3):82, March 2017. doi:10.1007/s11128-017-1515-0Link ]
  3. Josh A. Izaac, Xiang Zhan, Zhihao Bian, Kunkun Wang, Jian Li, Jingbo B. Wang, and Peng Xue. Centrality measure based on continuous-time quantum walks and experimental realization. Physical Review A, 95(3):032318, March 2017. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.95.032318Link ]
  4. J. A. Izaac, J. B. Wang, P. C. Abbott, and X. S. Ma. Quantum centrality testing on directed graphs via PT-symmetric quantum walks. arXiv:1607.02673 [quant-ph], July 2016. [ Link ]
  5. A. Mahasinghe, J. A. Izaac, J. B. Wang, and J. K. Wijerathna. Phase-modified CTQW unable to distinguish strongly regular graphs efficiently. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 48(26):265301, July 2015. doi:10.1088/1751-8113/48/26/265301Link ]
  6. Josh A. Izaac and Jingbo B. Wang. pyCTQW: a continuous-time quantum walk simulator on distributed memory computers. Computer Physics Communications, 186(0):81–92, January 2015. doi:10.1016/j.cpc.2014.09.011Link ]
  7. J. A. Izaac, J. B. Wang, and Z. J. Li. Continuous-time quantum walks with defects and disorder. Physical Review A, 88(4):042334, October 2013. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.88.042334Link ]
  8. Z. J. Li, J. A. Izaac, and J. B. Wang. Position-defect-induced reflection, trapping, transmission, and resonance in quantum walks. Physical Review A, 87(1):012314, January 2013. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.87.012314Link ]

Conference Presentations

  1. J. A. Izaac, J. B. Wang, P. C. Abbott, and X. S. Ma. Quantum centrality testing on directed graphs via PT-symmetric quantum walks. Poster presented at PHHQP16: Progress in Quantum Physics with Non-Hermitian Operators, Kyoto, Japan. August 2016
  2. J. A. Izaac and J. B. Wang. Pseudo-Hermitian continuous-time quantum walks on directed graphs. Paper presented at the Complexity of Quantum Information and Computation Workshop, Tsinghua Sanya International Mathematics Forum, Sanya, China. March 2016
  3. J. A. Izaac and P. J. Metaxas. Nanomagnetism with GPUs: simulations of hybrid vortex - domain wall devices. Paper presented at the annual iVEC Symposium, Perth, Australia. February 2013

Scholarships and Awards


Hackett Postgraduate Scholarship (awarded to the top-ranked PhD applicants)

2011 John and Patricia Farrant Scholarship (awarded to the top physics student undertaking honours)

Physics (Level 3) Prize (top student in 3rd year physics)

2010 Convocation, the UWA Graduates Association Prize Physics, Geology & Chemistry

Digby Fitzhardinge Memorial Prize (top student in 2nd year physics)

2009 Convocation, the UWA Graduates Association Prize Physics, Geology & Chemistry
Lady James Prize in Chemistry (top student in 1st year chemistry)


Aug 2015 - Present Freelance science writer
This involves keeping up to date with scientific research across disciplines, developing and pitching story ideas to editors, interviewing researchers, and writing short articles. My work has so far appeared in Australian Geographic, redOrbit, and Science Magazine.
  1. People take more risks when wearing helmets, potentially negating safety benefits. Science Magazine. January 2016.
  2. Zebra Finch Duets. Australian Geographic. December 2015.
  3. Female fairy-wrens sing for other females. Australian Geographic. October 2015.
  4. Testosterone levels affect how much makeup women use, study finds. redOrbit. November 2015.


Current Employment Academic Tutor, University of Western Australia
Feb 2013 - Present

Lecturer/Tutor for honours and masters computational physics
This involved helping students tackle problems in physics and mathematics through the use of various numerical algorithms, providing FORTRAN and UNIX support, presenting guest lectures and writing lecture notes.

Feb 2012 - Present

Tutor for second and third year computational mathematics
This involved helping students with problems in applied mathematics/physics, and demonstrating how computational tools such as Mathematica can be used to complement traditional methods.

Aug-Sep 2012

Marker for third year quantum computation
Compiled assignment solutions and marked third year physics students. This required a good understanding of introductory quantum computing in order to produce detailed solution guides.

Past Employment

Tutoring Australasia Pty Limited

May 2009-Jun 2012 Subject Specialist Tutor (maths and sciences)
  • Effectively collaborate with team members to ensure knowledge is shared between tutors, enabling superior educational outcomes for students.
  • Provide high quality subject support for Tutors as part of normal duties.
  • Knowledge of contemporary educational techniques and practices.

Volunteer Work

Feb 2016 - Present

Postgraduate Mentor at UWA
UniMentor is a university-wide peer mentoring program aimed at supporting students as they transition into postgraduate uni life.

Skills and Interests

Basic Familiarity:

Visual Basic, Matlab, C#, C

Advanced Proficiency: Mathematica, FORTRAN, Python, Unix-based systems, Git, SVN,
Bash scripting, $\LaTeX{}$, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Photoshop, After Effects

Experience using high performance computational tools such as OpenMP, CUDA and MPI

Other interests include: Strength training, Technology, Open-Source, Programming, Kayaking (Two Star Award), Piano, Taekwondo (Low Red belt, 5th Kup), Travelling

Research Interests

Quantum walks, whilst a relatively new area of research, have become an incredibly exciting field due to their potential applications in quantum information theory and quantum simulations; perhaps even leading to the future production of quantum computers and with that the possibility of revolutionizing the way we carry out computation and information processing.

My current research interests mainly lie in the characterisation and applications of quantum walks, with specific focus on quantum simulation of complex biochemical systems such as photosynthesis and electron transport in functional nano-materials. This requires a high degree of anaytic and computational work, and enabled me to develop a high level of expertise using high performance computing techniques. With the growing importance of high performance computing in physical research, these skills have enabled me to cross disciplines, and perform magnetisation dynamic simulations that could lead to significant advances in manufacturing non-volatile memory storage devices.


Available upon request.