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Professor Jason Robinson


Professional Career

October 2020 - Joint Head of the Department of Materials Science, Cambridge
October 2019 - Professor of Materials Physics
October 2016 - University Reader in Materials Physics
January 2015 - September 2016: University Lecturer
October 2012 - Director of Studies in Materials Science, St John's College
October 2011 - College Lecturer and Teaching Fellow, St John’s College
October 2011 - Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
October 2008 - October 2011: Junior Research Fellow, St John’s College
July 2007-08  - PDRA in the Device Materials Group, University of Cambridge


Editorial Activities 

2018 -  Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group)
2015 - 2016 Guest Editor, Special Issue on Topological Insulators in APL Materials

Conference Organisation






Research Grants

  • 2018
    • Royal Society Enhancement Grant (2 years)
    • British Council UK-Israel Synergy Programme Grant (1 year)
  • 2017
    • International network to explore novel superconductivity at advanced oxide superconductor/magnet interfaces and in nano devices (5 years), EPSRC-JSPS Core-to-Core Grant 
    • Nanoscale coherent hybrid devices for superconducting quantum technologies (5 years), European Commission COST Action (CA16218) 
    • Time-resolved gate-based sensing for scalable silicon-based quantum computing (1 year), Winton Trust (Pump Prime) with Dr Alessandro Rossi (Cavendish, Cambridge)
  • 2016
    • Superconducting Spintronics (3 years), Royal Society
    • Superspin (5 years), EPSRC Programme Grant
  • 2014
    • A spectroscopic study of spin-polarised superconductor proximity effects (3 years), Leverhulme Trust International Network 
    • Revealing quantum magnetism at oxide interfaces (3 years), Leverhulme Trust collaboration with Prof. Atature (Cavendish) 
    • Probing oxide interfaces via diamond-based nano-MRI (1 year), Winton Trust (Pump Prime) with Prof. Atature (Cavendish, Cambridge) 
  • 2012
    • Superconductor-Topological Insulator junctions (2 years), Royal Society
  • 2011
    • All-Oxide Superconductor / Ferromagnet junctions (3 years), Leverhulme Trust collaboration with Prof. Mark Blamire (Materials, Cambridge)
    • Superconductor / Topological Insulator Junctions (2 years), Royal Society 
    • Superconducting Spintronics (5 years), Royal Society Research Fellow

Awards & Prizes

2011 Royal Society University Research Fellowship
2010 Institute of Physics Brian Pippard Prize.
2008 Elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at St John's College, Cambridge
2004 Sir Henry Bessemer Medal, awarded by Imperial College
2003 The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers scholarship for research in the Magnetic Materials and Devices Group at the MIT 

General Contributions (External)

General Contributions (Cambridge University)

  • Radiation Protection Officer in Materials Science (2019 -)
  • Secretary for the Materials Science Research Committee (2017 -)
  • Deputy Responsible officer in charge of graduate complaints(2016 -)
  • Director of Graduate Education in Materials Science (2013 -)
  • Director of the MASt in Materials Science (2015 - )
  • Director of Studies in Materials Science (St John's College; 2011 - )
  • Member of St John's College Council (2016 - 2020)
  • Tutor in St John's College (2017-2020)


  • Part II Course on Mathematical Methods for Materials Science (2015 - 2020)
  • Part II Course on Magnetic Properties of Materials (2015 -)
  • Part III course on Materials Aspects of Microdevices (2012 -)
  • MPhil and NanoDTC Course on Physics at the Nanometre Scale (2009 -)
  • Director of Studies and Supervisor in 1A and 1B Materials Science (2010 -)

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Some superconductors can also carry currents of ‘spin’

Apr 27, 2018

We have shown that certain superconductors – materials that carry electrical current with zero resistance at very low temperatures – can also carry currents of ‘spin’. The successful combination of superconductivity and spin could lead to a revolution in high-performance computing, by dramatically reducing energy consumption.

Superconductivity offers tantalising changes from electricity to transport

Jan 10, 2018

Group's work on superconducting graphene on an oxide high temperature superconductor noted in the Financial Times

The Electron Manifesto

Oct 28, 2017

Focused article - Electron Manifesto - on group's work on superconducting spintronics in Research Horizons, the University of Cambridge’s research magazine.

The Electron Manifesto: transforming high performance computing with 'spintronics'

Aug 18, 2017

Electron ‘spin’ could hold the key to managing the world’s growing data demands without consuming huge amounts of energy. Now, researchers have shown that energy-efficient superconductors can power devices designed to achieve this. What once seemed an impossible marriage of superconductivity and spin may be about to transform high performance computing.

EPSRC-JSPS Core-to-Core

Apr 09, 2017

Awarded 5-year EPSRC-JSPS Core-to-Core Grant on "International network to explore novel superconductivity at advanced oxide superconductor/magnet interfaces and in nanodevices"

Graphene’s sleeping superconductivity awakens

Jan 25, 2017

Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor.

Wonderkoolstof grafeen blijkt ook supergeleider

Jan 25, 2017

de volkskrant discusses group's work on p-wave triggered superconductivity in single layer graphene

The Oxford Handbook of Small Superconductors

Jan 23, 2017

"The Oxford Handbook of Small Superconductors", Oxford University Press, is published (19 January)

Flash Physics: p-wave superconductivity in graphene

Jan 20, 2017

Physics World highlights group's work on p-wave superconductivity in graphene

Cambridge Uni spins up green and beefy super-computer project

Apr 18, 2016

Electron spin meets and marries superconductivity

Cambridge to research future computing tech that could “ignite a technology field”

Apr 15, 2016

A Cambridge-led project aiming to develop a new architecture for future computing based on superconducting spintronics - technology designed to increase the energy-efficiency of high-performance computers and data storage - has been announced.

Spintronics: making computers faster

Oct 12, 2015

Smaller, faster, cheaper - that was the trend in computing for the past 50 years. As microprocessor technology is hitting the limits of what’s physically possible, some researchers are exploring whether a new technology, ‘spintronics’, may be the way forward.

Nature North & West Europe

Jun 18, 2015

Strong spending and recruitment keep countries in this region near the top of the world's output in the Index, and scientists from universities collaborate more with their neighbours.

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