Joseph Salfi

Assistant Professor
BASc (Waterloo), PhD (Toronto)

Office: KAIS 4040
Phone: (604) 822-2653





Joe Salfi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC. He is an electrical engineer and quantum physicist whose research targets the investigation, realization and assembly of building blocks for quantum information systems that could one day perform calculations well beyond the capabilities of classical information technologies. These systems include quantum computers and quantum simulators, transformational technologies promising far reaching applications in optimization, machine learning, design of materials, and information security. Joe’s work includes optimizing the coherence and scalability of quantum bits, engineering the interactions of qubits for quantum computers and simulators, and building hybrid systems of spin qubits and microwave photons. Joe is very interested in special purpose quantum simulators, where the first real applications of post-cryptography quantum technologies will probably be realized.

In 2015, Joe was awarded a prestigious Discovery Early Career Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) in Sydney, Australia. Prior to that Joe was a postdoctoral fellow at UNSW. Joe was awarded a PhD from the University of Toronto in 2011.

Research Interests

Quantum information science and technology: investigation, realization and assembly of building blocks for quantum computers, simulators and networks using solid-state and silicon-based approaches

Research Area

Research Group


  • ELEC 415 – Semiconductor Devices: Physics, Design and Analytics
  • EECE 571S – Introduction to Quantum Computing

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