Dr Stuart C Wimbush

Dr Stuart C Wimbush

Research Scientist

Interactive interface added to HTS wire critical current database.
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Employment Record


Jan 2014 - Present

Principal Scientist

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

  • Senior Scientist and subsequently Principal Scientist in the Robinson Research Institute. As a founding member of this newly-established industry-focussed research institute, I develop and pursue advanced materials-based research programmes aimed at achieving outcomes of national or international significance. As a member of the Institute Executive, I contribute to the formulation and implementation of our long-term strategy that has seen us deliver on a project portfolio averaging NZ$6–7M per annum.

Apr 2011 - Jan 2014

Senior Research Scientist

Callaghan Innovation, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
(formerly Industrial Research Limited)

  • Senior Research Scientist in the Superconductivity and Energy Group of this national research laboratory, leading objectives in the coated conductor programme as well as contributing expertise to the spintronics programme and other areas of advanced materials research.
University of Cambridge

Jun 2006 - Mar 2011

Senior Research Fellow

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Research Associate and subsequently Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow (faculty member) in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy. Primarily working on the development of high-temperature superconducting coated conductors for widespread commercial and industrial application.

Apr 2004 - Jun 2006

Research Fellow

National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan

  • Independent Research Fellow in the ‘International Center for Young Scientists’. Research programme focused on the development of high-temperature superconducting quantum interference devices via thin film deposition and device fabrication.
IFW Dresden

Jan 1999 - Aug 1999

Guest Scientist

Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden, Germany

  • Guest Scientist working on pulsed laser deposition of hard magnetic thin films. I joined the group as this new project was starting, and hence saw it through from conception to design and planning to construction and initial testing. Subsequently offered a PhD position on the basis of this work.

Summer 1996, 1997

Summer Student

British Nuclear Fuels plc, Springfields and Sellafield, United Kingdom

  • Working in the Applied Physics group on Monte Carlo simulations of gamma-ray interactions in thin film polymeric devices. Primarily an individual project, the work was subsequently published.
  • Working in the Applied Physics group on advanced sensor applications. Also assisted in experimental work conducted by the Photonics group on laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy, and remote applications using optical fibres.

Accreditation and appointments


Education, academic awards and qualifications


Viva date: 8 April, 2004

TU Dresden, Germany

PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics (magna cum laude)

Thesis topic: ‘Mixed state properties of rare earth transition metal borocarbides: anisotropy and flux instability.’
(Work performed at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research.)

Award date: 14 July, 1998

University of Salford, UK

MPhys (Hons.) in Applied Physics (First Class)

Masters project: ‘A high-temperature isothermal study of oxygen diffusion in YBCO’.

Awarded John Dalton Bicentenary Prize 1998 for best final-year performance in Physics.
Awarded University Pre-Final Year Prizes in Physics 1997, 1996, 1995.
Awarded University Joule Scholarship and British Nuclear Fuels plc. Scholarship.


Strathaven Academy, UK

1994 Certificate of Sixth Year Studies:
Physics (A), General Mathematics (A), Numerical Analysis (A), Statistics (A), Chemistry (A).
Awarded Institute of Physics prize for national best performance in CSYS Physics.
Awarded Strathaven Academy science prize (McCabe Trophy).

1993 Scottish Certificate of Education Revised Higher Grade:
Physics (A), Mathematics (A), Chemistry (A), English (A), Art & Design (B).
Awarded Strathaven Academy prizes for mathematics (Jennings Prize) and drama.

1992 Scottish Certificate of Education Standard Grade:
Physics (1), Mathematics (1), Chemistry (1), English (1), Art & Design (2), History (2).

Funding awards

Funding awards
  • September 2018 – September 2021: Associate Investigator, 0.2 FTE, NZ$1,041,520 fEC.
    “An ion-beam engineered microstructure for high-performance superconducting films.”
    The Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
  • January 2018 – December 2020: Project Backbone, 0.25 FTE, CN¥60.6M across six parties, CN¥4.1M to VUW.
    “Low ac loss traction transformer for high-speed trains.”
    Ministry of Science and Technology, China.
  • June 2016 – 2019: AI Fund, NZ$17,500. The MacDiarmid Institute.
  • January 2016: University Research Fund, NZ$14,541. Victoria University of Wellington.
  • October 2015 – September 2017: Key Researcher, 0.2 FTE, NZ$920,000 fEC.
    “Enabling faster communication with 1 GHz quartz oscillators.”
    New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.
  • June 2015: AI Competitive Fund, NZ$5000. The MacDiarmid Institute.
  • January 2015 – December 2020: Associate Investigator, 0.05 FTE, NZ$53,996,589 fEC.
    “The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.”
    New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission.
  • June 2014: AI Competitive Fund, NZ$2690. The MacDiarmid Institute.
  • September 2012 – September 2015: Associate Investigator, 0.05 FTE, NZ$345,000 fEC.
    “Imaging of magnetic vortex pinning in high temperature superconductors.”
    The Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
  • April 2009 – March 2011: Early Career Fellowship, £163,235 fEC.
    “Novel flux pinning mechanisms in superconductors.”
    The Leverhulme Trust with supplementary funding from The Isaac Newton Trust.
  • April 2004 – June 2006: ICYS Research Fellowship, ¥24,400,000 direct costs.
    Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of the Japanese Government.

Teaching experience

Teaching experience
  • External Examiner: College of Science, University of Canterbury, NZ.
  • PhD Examiner: School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Victoria University, NZ.
  • PhD Supervisor: School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Victoria University, NZ.
  • Supervisor of external (visiting) PhD candidate from Beijing University of Technology.
  • Lecturer: Graduate (MPhil and PhD) Course “Nanofabrication Techniques”.
  • Lecturer: Honours Year Course "Condensed Matter Physics A".
  • Lecturer: Third Year Course “Topics in Applied Physics – Superconductivity”.
  • Lecturer: European Research Training Network Lecture “Flux Pinning in HTS”.
  • Demonstrator: Nanotechnology Enterprise MPhil “Photolithography” Practical.
  • Demonstrator: NanoDTC (Doctoral Training Centre) “X-ray Techniques” Practical.
  • Materials Science IA (first year) Supervisor for Homerton College, Cambridge.

Training courses undertaken

Training courses undertaken
  • Leadership Programme, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ. 15–19 October 2012.
  • Teaching Associate Programme, University of Cambridge, UK. Academic year 2008–09.
  • Supervising Undergraduates: An Introduction. University of Cambridge, UK. 8 October 2008.
  • 4th SCENET School on Superconducting Materials and Applications, Corsica, France. 6–18 October 2003.
  • 3rd SCENET School on Superconducting Materials and Applications, Anavyssos, Greece. 22 September–4 October 2001.
  • Materialphysikalisches Praktikum, University of Göttingen, Germany. 11 September–6 October 2000.
  • Institute of Physics Low Temperature Techniques Course. Birmingham, UK. 10 November 1999.
  • Training in Laboratory-based Teaching. University of Birmingham, UK. 23 September 1999.

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